Nazareth Outlasts Alfred in Resumption of Suspended Game

ALFRED, N.Y. -- Visiting Nazareth held on Tuesday for a 12-10 Empire 8 Conference win over Alfred in a game that was originally started April 10 at Merrill Field. A lightning strike forced suspension of the game with the score tied 6-6 at halftime.

The teams reconvened Tuesday to play the third and fourth quarters and the Golden Flyers prevailed as junior Chris Aycock and freshman Troy Haefele each scored twice. The victory boosted Nazareth's overall record to 9-4 and enabled the Golden Flyes to remain unbeaten in conference play at 4-0. Alfred dropped to 7-4 overall and 1-4 in the E8.

Nazareth scored three times in the third quarter, including two goals from Aycock, whose tally with 2:24 left in the period put Nazareth ahead to stay at 9-8. Troy Haefele scored just nine seconds into the fourth quarter after Drew Simoneau won the faceoff and Trevar Haefele followed with a man-up goal off an assist from Aycock to give Nazareth an 11-8 advantage.

Alfred scored twice to close within 11-10, but the Golden Flyers got an unassisted score from Chris Peterson with :10 left to close out the scoring.

Trevar Haefele was credited with four goals, while his brother Troy had three goals and three assists. Simoneau and Collin Clark also scored goals for the Golden Flyers.

The originally scheduled game was tied 6-6 as each team scored three times in the first and second quarters. Trevar Haefele scored three of his goals, while Troy Haefele, Simoneau and Clark also scored.

Simoneau, the Empire 8 Player of the Week, posted more impressive numbers from his faceoff position as he won 21 of 25 draws and scooped up 17 ground balls. Freshman goalie Scott Brown had eight saves.

Nazareth plays again Saturday at home against sixth-ranked Stevens at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played on Nazareth's upper field, which served as the Golden Flyers' home venue from 1986 through 2004.


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