No. 19 Nazareth Surges in Second Half to Down Hamilton

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Host Nazareth scored six times in the third quarter and three more times in the fourth Wednesday as the 19th-ranked Golden Flyers rallied past Hamilton in a non-conference game, 16-11.

The victory, on Nazareth's frozen artificial turf field, improved the Golden Flyers' overall record to 1-1, while Hamilton dropped to 0-2. Sophomore Luke Wooters scored three goals and added an assist and fellow sophomore Troy Haefele had two goals and four assists. Trevar Haefele, Chris Aycock and Drew Simoneau also scored two goals each.

Hamilton's Sam Sweet scored five of his game-high six goals in the first half as the Continentals led 8-7 after 30 minutes. Nazareth scored twice in the opening minute of the second half on goals by Wooters and Simoneau to go up 9-8 and the Golden Flyers never trailed again.

Nazareth outshot Hamilton 16-6 in the decisive third quarter and had a 15-5 edge in ground balls. Simoneau also was dominant on face-offs as he went 14 for 14 in the second half and 22 for 29 overall with 15 ground balls.

Aycock and Trevar Haefele also scored twice each in the third quarter as Nazareth led 13-10 heading into the final 15 minutes. The fourth quarter featured goals by senior Brian Wright, freshman Nick Arnold and junior Matt McDermott, each of whom netted their first goals of the season. That put Nazareth ahead 16-10 before Hamilton added a man-up score in the closing minute.

Hamilton opened the game by taking a 4-1 lead in the first eight minutes before Nazareth rallied on goals by Simoneau, Matt O'Neill and Kyle Fanning to tie the score at 4-4. The teams exchanged second-quarter goals with Sweet's goal with :22 left in the half giving the Continentals the 8-7 lead at the break.

Nazareth had sizable advantages in shots (57-29), ground balls (47-23) and face-offs (22-9). Sophomore Scott Brown had eight saves in goal for Nazareth. Hamilton's Will Driscoll made 15 saves.

Nazareth is home again Saturday for a non-conference game against St. Lawrence at 12:00 p.m.

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Hamilton took an 8-7 lead into halftime but host No. 19 Nazareth outscored the Continentals 9-3 in the second half en route to a 16-11 non-conference win Wednesday in Rochester. Hamilton falls to 0-2 on the season; the Golden Flyers, ranked 19th nationally, are 1-1.

Sam Sweet '16 scored a career-best six goals to lead the Continentals and John Zimmerman '14 contributed a personal-high six assists.

Sweet and Bryan Hopper '14 both scored a pair of first-quarter goals as the Continentals jumped out to a 4-1 lead 8:48 into the game. The Golden Flyers closed the period with three straight goals to tie the score and the teams traded goals through the second with Sweet's fifth goal of the day putting Hamilton up 8-7 22 seconds before intermission.

Goals by Luke Wooters '14 and Drew Simoneau '15 12 seconds apart in the opening minute of the third quarter gave Nazareth the lead for good and Trevar Haefele '14 and Chris Aycock '14 both scored a pair of goals as the Golden Flyers pushed their advantage to 13-9. Hamilton closed to within 13-10 on a goal by Connor Morgan '16 with 2:26 remaining in the third but Nazareth sealed the win with three straight goals to open the fourth.

Morgan's two goals raised his season total to eight. JD Brachman '17 closed out the scoring with 37 seconds left, notching his second goal of the year.

Chad Berger '14 led the Continentals with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Trip Connors '17 picked up four ground balls.

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