Nazareth Edged by Geneseo

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Host Nazareth had statistical advantages in nearly every category in a non-conference game against Geneseo Saturday. The Blue Knights, however, had the edge where it counted most -- on the scoreboard -- in a 10-9 victory over the Golden Flyers on Nazareth's frigid artificial turf field.

Geneseo outscored Nazareth 8-5 in the second half to rally from a 4-2 halftime deficit to improve to 2-1 overall. Nazareth dropped to 1-2 with the disappointing loss.

Nazareth had a whopping 58-25 advantage in shots and the Golden Flyers controlled possession time by winning 16 of 23 face-offs, but only 22 of the Golden Flyers' shots were on goal. Geneseo goalies Michael Greubel and Ryan Zaremba combined to make 13 saves.

Nazareth lost despite a six-goal, one-assist day from freshman attackman Luke Wooters, whose unassisted score with 11:33 left in the fourth quarter gave the Golden Flyers their last lead of the day at 9-8. Tim Burgess scored for Geneseo off the fourth assist of the game from Steven Cregan to tie the score at 9-9 with 6:32 left, then Sam Thompson netted the game-winner off an assist from Andre Keating with 2:15 to go.

Nazareth won the ensuing face-off and had chances in the final two minutes, but Zaremba saved a shot by Nazareth's Collin Clark and Wooters was unable to generate a shot when he had possession in the closing seconds.

Wooters had three of his goals in the first half for the Golden Flyers and Brian Wright scored on an extra-man opportunity late in the first half to give Nazareth a 4-2 advantage after 30 minutes.

Geneseo came out firing in the third quarter, scoring five straight goals and six of the first seven to take leads of 7-4 and 8-5. Cregan was the primary trigger man for the Knights with four third-period goals. Keating and Drew Huntington also scored. Nazareth, however, clawed back by scoring three times in the final 1:38 of the third quarter to tie the score at 8-8.

Trevar Haefele scored his sixth goal of the season off a pass from Clark, then Wooters and Clark added goals in the closing minute the tie the game.

Nazareth went up 9-8 on Wooters' sixth goal of the game and 10th of the season, before Geneseo responded.

Nazareth also had a 43-37 advantage in ground balls with sophomore face-off specialist Drew Simoneau accounting for 13 of those after winning 15 of 18 draws. Freshman Scott Brown played all 60 minutes in goal for Nazareth and had six saves.

For Geneseo, Cregan had four assists in addition to his four goals and Keating and Thompson each had two goals. Greubel played the first half in goal for the Knights and Zaremba played the second.

Nazareth returns to action Wednesday for a non-conference game against Clarkson at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse at 1:00 p.m.

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Rochester, N.Y. -- Geneseo (2-1) won its second game in a row, beating #22 Nazareth 10-9 Saturday. The Knights scored the game -winning goal with just 2:15 left in regulation.

Sophomore attack Sam Thompson (Queensbury/Queensbury) scored the game-winner his second goal of the game with 135 seconds left and Geneseo held off the Nazareth, who won the ensuing faceoff. The Golden Flyers had a chance to tie the game but their shot was saved by junior Ryan Zaremba (Bay Shore/Army Prep) with 1:25 to go. The Golden Flyers regained possession with 23 seconds left; senior midfielder Jeff Dunworth (Katonah/John Jay) caused a Nazareth turnover and Geneseo regained possession and ran out the clock.

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