Nazareth Golden in Second Half to Fly Past No. 14 Ithaca

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Host Nazareth outscored 14th-ranked Ithaca 8-1 in the second half Friday to break open a close game, and the Golden Flyers defeated the Bombers in an Empire 8 Conference game, 15-8.

The victory boosted Nazareth's overall record to 7-4 and the conference record to 2-0. Ithaca is 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Empire 8.

Freshman Troy Haefele scored four goals and added two assists, while freshman Luke Wooters and junior Collin Clark each scored three times. Juniors Trevar Haefele and Chris Aycock each scored twice and sophomore Drew Simoneau contributed a goal and won 13 of 23 faceoffs. Freshman goalie Scott Brown stopped six of the seven shots he faced on goal in the second half and finished with 12 saves overall.

Nazareth had first-half leads of 4-1 and 7-5, but Ithaca scored twice in the final two minutes of the half to tie the score 7-7 at the break. The Golden Flyers, though, dominated the third quarter by outscoring Ithaca 5-0 to take command.

Brown set the tone for Nazareth early in the third quarter by making a save on a point-blank shot by Ithaca's Pat Slawta during a man-up opportunity. Nazareth finally broke the deadlock with 10:27 left in the period as Wooters scored his third goal of the day and team-best 30th of the season. Clark and Aycock followed with unassisted scores, then Trevar Haefele closed out the quarter with a pair of goals with one coming off a pass from his brother Troy.

Nazareth added three more goals in fourth quarter, including two on extra man. Aycock scored off an assist from Clark early in the fourth for Nazareth's sixth straight goal and a 13-7 lead. Ithaca's Jake Long interrupted the string with an unassisted score, but Nazareth answered with goals by Troy Haefele (his fourth of the game and 22nd of the season) and Clark.

Nazareth had a 4-2 lead after one quarter as Wooters and Troy Haefele each scored twice. Ithaca rallied with five goals in the second quarter to forge a 7-7 tie at halftime. Clark, Simoneau and Troy Haefele scored for Nazareth.

Nazareth had advantages in shots (43-29) and ground balls (47-38). Simoneau had 11 ground balls and now has 109 on the season. Troy Haefele had seven ground balls.

Nazareth returns to action Wednesday at Alfred at 4:00 p.m.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. 14th-ranked Ithaca (7-3, 1-1 Empire 8) bowed out to host Nazareth (7-4, 2-0 Empire 8), 15-8, Friday evening in Empire 8 action.

Nazareth jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first, but Ithaca outscored the Golden Flyers 5-3 in the second for a 7-7 deadlock at the half. Nazareth posted eight second-half goals, while holding Ithaca to just one over the 30-minute span to claim the victory.

Senior Connor Lowe (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) netted a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Bombers. Junior Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) dished out two assists and scored once. Classmate Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) scored a pair. Senior Adam Wacenske (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) and sophomore James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied the Bombers' other two.

Senior Adam Bruce and Wacenske forced three turnovers each. Freshman Shane Stickle (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) won a career-best seven faceoffs and joined Wacenske in collecting five ground balls apiece.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) suffered the loss in goal. He made 11 saves.

The Golden Flyers outshot Ithaca 43-29, collected 47 ground balls to the Bombers' 38 and held a 15-10 edge in faceoffs. Both teams committed 22 turnovers.

The Bombers host Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.


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