Nazareth Routs Elmira in Season Finale

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Host Nazareth dominated Elmira in an Empire 8 Conference men's lacrosse game Saturday as the Golden Flyers opened a 5-1 first-quarter lead and went on to a 19-7 triumph over the Soaring Eagles at Golden Flyer Stadium.

The game was the final regular-season game for both teams. Nazareth finished unbeaten in conference play at 7-0 and improved to 12-4 overall with its sixth win in a row. Elmira finished 1-12 overall and 0-7 in the E8. Nazareth is the top seed for the upcoming Empire 8 Conference Tournament and will host Utica Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the semifinals at Golden Flyer Stadium. The Pioneers secured the top seed with a 10-9 overtime win over St. John Fisher Saturday.

For Nazareth Saturday, the freshman attack tandem of Troy Haefele and Luke Wooters each had four goals in a game in which 12 different players scored. Nazareth unleashed a whopping 72 shots and Elmira goalie Dave Bucchino played well in making 29 saves.

Junior Chris Aycock also had two goals for Nazareth and sophomore Matt McDermott had one goal and two assists. Other goal scorers were juniors Chris Benza and Mark Pinski. sophomores Drew Simoneau, Charlie Mayne, Nick Loscalzo and #A.J. Small and freshmen Matt O'Neill and Danny Conlin#.

Elmira scored the first goal of the game, but Nazareth quickly dashed any upset plans with five first-quarter goals. McDermott scored his first career goal. Then goals by Wooters, O'Neill, Troy Haefele and Simoneau followed.

In the second quarter, Small, a long-stick defender, scored the first goal of his career. Aycock and Troy Haefele also scored.

Nazareth scored seven more times in the third quarter to extend the lead to 15-4 heading into the final 15 minutes. Pinski, another long-stick defender, also netted his first goal of the season, while Conlin, Benza and Mayne each scored for the second time.

Simoneau won 20 of 23 faceoffs and scooped up 19 ground balls, raising his season totals to 182 for ground balls and 242 for faceoffs won. Wooters, who now has 49 goals on the season, also had seven ground balls. Aycock and #Chris Peterson each had five.

Senior Tim Doyle played all 60 minutes in goal and made eight saves. Brian Conzola scored three goals for Elmira and Tyler Campbell had two.


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