Nazareth Grinds Out a 9-5 Victory over Amherst

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Freshman Luke Wooters scored four times and junior Chris Aycock scored twice Saturday for Nazareth as the Golden Flyers scored a methodical 9-5 win over Amherst in a non-conference game played at SUNY Albany.

The victory boosted Nazareth's overall record to 5-3. The Golden Flyers open their Empire 8 Conference schedule Wednesday with a home game against Utica at 4:00 p.m. Amherst dropped to 2-4 overall.

Wooters raised his team-high goal total to 20 and sophomore Drew Simoneau won 13 of 18 faceoffs while scooping up 10 ground balls to increase his season total to 78. Freshman Scott Brown also played solidly in goal with 14 saves.

Amherst scored the game's first goal just 2:30 into the first quarter, but Nazareth answered with three straight -- Wooters scored twice and senior Chris Peterson added his fourth goal of the season -- and the Golden Flyes never trailed thereafter.

Amherst closed to within 3-2 with just :20 left in the first quarter and the teams went nearly the entire second quarter without a goal until the Golden Flyers broke through with just :11 left in the half as Wooters converted a pass from Kyle Fanning to make the halftime score 4-2.

Aycock scored both of his goals in the third quarter, including an extra-man tally off an assist from Fanning, as the Golden Flyers upped their lead to 6-3.

Wooters scored his fourth goal of the day and 20th of the season to open the fourth quarter. Then after Amherst scored two minutes later, Nazareth got late goals from junior middle Collin Clark and freshman attackman Matt O'Neill, whose extra-man score was the first of his career.

Nazareth finished with a 42-35 advantage in shots and a 46-26 edge in ground balls. Wooters also had six ground balls and fellow attackmen Trevar Haefele and Troy Haefele had five and four respectively. Long-stick Mark Pinski also had four as did Brown, who won his fourth game and raised his season save percentage to .551.

2013-03-23



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