Nazareth Closes Regular Season with Victory at Elmira

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Sophomore Collin Clark scored a career-best seven goals and added two assists and senior C.J. Estes delivered five goals and one assist Saturday as visiting Nazareth closed out its regular-season schedule in men's lacrosse with a 21-10 victory over Elmira.

The victory clinched the third seed for the Golden Flyers in this week's Empire 8 Conference Tournament. Nazareth's overall record is 8-8 and its conference mark is 5-2. Elmira is 3-10 overall and 0-7 in the Empire 8.

Nazareth will play at second-seeded Ithaca in the first round of the E8 Tournament Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Top-seeded Stevens hosts fourth-seeded St. John Fisher in the other first-round game. The finals will be Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament at stake.

Nazareth had leads of 3-2, 9-5 and 15-8 at the quarter breaks as the Golden Flyers unleashed a season-high 62 shots to Elmira's 30. Nazareth also had 57 ground balls and won 23 of 34 face-offs.

Estes scored four of his goals in the first half as Nazareth rallied from an early deficit. He tied the score at 1-1 off a pass from Tyler Lee and, after Elmira regained the lead at 2-1, goals by Brian Wright and Estes enabled Nazareth to take a 3-2 advantage after one.

Clark's first goal of the game came just 44 seconds into the second quarter and triggered a stretch in which Nazareth scored five of the next six goals to take command. Clark added two more goals during the mini surge, while Estes and Brian Wright also contributed.

Estes scored again with :44 left in the half to put Nazareth up 9-4, but Elmria's Erik Bertsch answered just 12 seconds later to trim the lead to 9-5 at the half.

In the third quarter, senior attackman Nate DeLone got untracked for the Golden Flyers as he scored two of his four second-half goals. Senior middie John McDonnell also scored twice in the third for the Golden Flyers, who also got goals from Chris Aycock and Clark.

In the fourth quarter, Elmira got a goal from T.J. White to open the period, but Nazareth closed the game with six of the last seven goals, including three more for Clark, who now has a team-high 28. DeLone scored two more and Estes the other. Freshman Nick Loscalzo, sophomore Jon Van Orden and Aycock each had fourth-quarter assists.

Freshman Drew Simoneau dominated face-offs by winning 22 of 31 draws and scooping up 16 ground balls. Freshman defeseman Vincetn Parrillo had six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Goalies Tim Doyle# (8) and Rob Olin (2) combined for 10 saves.


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