No. 9 Nazareth Routs Castleton State in NCAA First Round

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In its 20th NCAA appearance, Nazareth won its first tournament game since 2007 in resounding fashion Wednesday. The Golden Flyers used 11 different goal scorers against visiting Castleton State to score a 25-4 victory in a first-round game at Golden Flyer Stadium.

Nazareth won for the ninth straight time to improve to 15-4 overall, while North Atlantic Conference champion Castleton had a 10-game winning streak snapped and had their season end with a 15-4 record. Nazareth, ranked ninth nationally, will host Western New England (12-6) Saturday in a second-round match-up at a time to be determined. Western New England defeated Eastern Connecticut State, 16-10, in another first-round game.

Against the Spartans Wednesday, the Golden Flyers piled up some impressive numbers, led by recently named Empire 8 Player of the Year Drew Simoneau, who enabled Nazareth to control possession time by winning 17 of 21 faceoffs and scooping up 15 ground balls. Midfielder Collin Clark had five goals and attackman Troy Haefele added four goals and four assists. Attackman Luke Wooters, recently selected Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, contributed three goals and five assists.

Nazareth also had lopsided advantages in shots (61-26) and ground balls (55-42) and converted four extra-man goals.

Clark scored Nazareth's first three goals, but the Spartans got a pair of goals from Spencer Hunt in the first period to stay close at 5-2 through 15 minutes. Nazareth then overwhelmed the Spartans over the next three quarters, outscoring them 7-1 in both the second and third periods and 6-0 in the fourth.

Nazareth also got three goals each from midfielders Chris Aycock and Kyle Fanning and two goals from midfielder Matt McDermott. Midfielder Jeff Sabitus also scored his first career goal in the third quarter. Trevar Haefele, Charlie Mayne, Matt O'Neill and Danny Conlin also scored.

Saturday's game against Western New England is a rematch of an earlier meeting this season in which Nazareth was held to a season-low six goals in a 12-6 defeat at home on March 17.

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Castleton, Vt. Castleton was unable to generate much offense in the first half and ninth-ranked Nazareth came away with the 25-4 victory in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

The Spartans were outshot in the contest 61-26 and lost 22 of 32 faceoffs as they finished their season with a 15-4 record. The 15 wins is a program record for victories in a season. The Golden Flyers improve to 15-4 with the victory and advances to the second round.

Spencer Hunt scored three of Castleton's four goals while Zach Davidson added a pair of assists. Freshman Peter Latulippe was solid in net, allowing 19 goals while making 11 saves, numerous of the point-blank variety.

Collin Clark led Nazareth with five goals while Troy Haefele added four goals and four assists for eight points. Scott Brown earned the win in net, allowing three goals in 39:24 while making seven saves.

The Golden Flyers put up two quick goals before the Spartans could get a sustained offensive possession. Castleton finally converted with 8:49 left in the first quarter as Davidson found Hunt in front of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1. However, Nazareth scored the final three goals of the quarter to finish with the 5-2 advantage.

In the second the Golden Flyers came out firing, scoring the first four goals of the period before Nohea King scored on a man-up situation off a pass from Davidson to make it 9-3. Nazareth added three more tallies before the half to secure a 12-3 lead at the break.

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