Nazareth Pulls Away in Q4 to Defeat No. 18 Bowdoin

RADNOR, Pa. -- Sophomore Luke Wooters scored five goals and added two assists and senior Trevar Haefele added four goals and one assist for Nazareth Wednesday, and the Golden Flyers handed 18th-ranked Bowdoin its first defeat of the season, 14-11, in non-conference action.

In the game played in a steady downpour at Cabrini College, the Golden Flyers evened their overall record at 2-2, while the Polar Bears dropped to 3-1.

Nazareth's offensive attack also included two goals and three assists from sophomore Troy Haefele and featured the first career points for freshman Hunter Burdick, who contributed one goal and one assist. Senior Collin Clark and junior Drew Simoneau also had goals. Senior Mark Pinski had two assists.

Nazareth trailed by margins of 6-4 and 7-5 early in the third quarter before rallying to tie the score at 8-8 heading into the fourth quarter. The Golden Flyers finally created some separation over the final 15 minutes as they scored six times, including two goals and two assists for Wooters, who leads the team in scoring with 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists.

Trailing 7-5 late in the third quarter, Nazareth scored three goals in a 15-second stretch to take an 8-7 lead. First Trevar Haefele scored off a pass from Chris Aycock with :32 left in the quarter. Wooters then scored the next two goals, the first coming with :26 left and the second with :17 left. Bowdoin's David Nemirov scored with just :07 left in the third to even the score again at 8-8 heading into the fourth.

Trevar Haefele's fourth goal of the game just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter untied the game for good. Troy Haefele scored with 13:04 left off an assist from Wooters, who scored again less than four minutes after that as Nazareth opened an 11-8 advantage.

After Bowdoin closed within 11-9 with 4:52 to go, Simoneau answered for Nazareth as he scooped up the ensuing face-off and scored unassisted just six seconds later. Clark and Wooters added goals in the closing minutes as Nazareth maintained the lead.

Nazareth led 2-1 after one quarter on goals by Trevar and Troy Haefele. Bowdoin scored three times in the second quarter to knot the score 4-4 at the break. Bowdoin scored three of the first four goals in the third quarter -- Burdick scored for Nazareth -- to take a 7-5 lead, before Nazareth answered with its three-goal flurry later in the quarter.

Nazareth had statistical advantages in shots (35-20) and ground balls (38-26). Simoneau won 22 of 29 face-offs and collected 16 ground balls. Freshman Michael Cuciti played all 60 minutes in goal and made four saves. Junior Jerry Chasteen anchored Nazareth's defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Nazareth stays in Pennsylvania to visit No. 6 Cabrini (5-0) Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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RADNOR, Pa. - Nazareth pulled away in the fourth quarter to deal Bowdoin its first loss of the season in a 14-11 victory on Wednesday evening in a neutral-site contest played at Cabrini.

The Flyers improve to 2-2 on the season, while the 18th-ranked Polar Bears fall to 3-1.

Luke Wooters led Nazareth with five goals and two assists while Trevar Haefele scored four times with one assist. Troy Haefele dished out three assists to go with a pair of goals in the win.

David Nemirov scored three goals for Bowdoin. Franklin Reis had two goals and two assits while Will Wise added a pair of scores with an assist.

Tied 4-4 at halftime and 8-8 heading into the final quarter, the Flyers rolled off three goals to open the fourth period. Bowdoin's Peter Reuter trimmed the lead to 11-9 with 4:52 remaining, but consecutive goals by Drew Simoneau and Collin Clark for Nazareth pushed the lead to four goals, 13-9, with 2:33 to play.

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