Nazareth Takes Non-Conference Tilt from Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nazareth defeated visiting Rochester 8-6 in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Flyers scored the final six goals of the first half to take a 7-2 lead at the break. Seniors Alyssa Johnston and Megan Cregan each scored twice for Nazareth.

With the victory, the Golden Flyers snap their two-game losing streak and improve to 2-4 overall. Nazareth's four losses have been by four goals or fewer. Saturday's win gave coach Traci Lian 100 career victories. Lian's record is 100-63 in 11 seasons of coaching between Brockport and Nazareth. Lian has been with the Golden Flyers for the past five years. The Yellowjackets fell to 1-4 overall following the loss.

Rochester took an early 2-1 lead in the first 5:01 following a goal from Liza Maizel and Elisabeth Watson. Johnston set up Cregan's first goal of the game between the Yellowjackets' scores.

The Golden Flyers took control of the contest during their six-goal scoring run, which spanned the final 24 minutes of the first half. Sophomore Brianna Mancini ignited the run with an unassisted goal. Senior Erinn Wood gave Nazareth its first lead of the game with her goal, which came with 17:28 to play in the period. Senior Leah Cronister assisted on Wood's goal.

Sophomore Brook Sullivan and Cregan stretched Nazareth's lead to 5-2 with two goals in a span of roughly five minutes. Johnston provided the Golden Flyers the five-goal advantage at halftime with two goals in the final 7:21 of the period. Johnston also assisted on Cregan's goal. Johnston's two goals and two assists gives her 15 goals and 10 assists on the season.

The Yellowjackets closed to within three goals in the opening five minutes of the second half. Freshman Carly Gates answered for Nazareth to slow Rochester's momentum. After Maddie Elia cut the Golden Flyers' lead to 8-5 with 17:45 remaining in regulation, Nazareth's defense held Rochester scoreless until 2:44 remained in the game when Maizel converted a free position opportunity.

Junior Tara Prosak recorded seven saves in the final 30 minutes to secure Nazareth's victory. Prosak finished with nine saves for the game. Marissa Traina finished with 11 saves for Rochester.

The Golden Flyers's defense forced the Yellowjackets into 15 turnovers. Sophomore MacKenzie Haley recorded a game-high three caused turnovers. Nazareth's tenacious defense also held Rochester's leading scorer, Lauren Basil, without a goal. Basil entered the contest with seven goals in four games.

The Golden Flyers finished with advantages in shots (27-19) and ground balls collected (23-22).

Nazareth travels to RIT on March 26th for a non-conference game before opening the Empire 8 schedule at home against Alfred on March 29th.


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