Nazareth Doubles Up Westfield State

CLERMONT, FL. -- Nazareth used a four-goal scoring run in the first half and a five-goal scoring run in the second half to outscore Westfield State 10-5 in a non-conference women's lacrosse game played in Clermont, Florida on Thursday evening. Freshmen Jamie Martin and Gabrielle Charles each tallied three goals to lead the Golden Flyers' offensive attack. With her goals on Thursday, Martin has five goals in Nazareth's first three games, and Charles' goals were her first of the season.

With the victory, Nazareth improves to 2-1 overall. Following their loss, the Owls fall to 1-3 overall.

The Golden Flyers took command in the first half with the first four goals and nearly blanking Westfield State through the opening 30 minutes. After over 10 minutes of scoreless action, Martin recorded a pair of goals in a 45 second span. Her first goal was on a free position opportunity 10:46 into regulation, and her second was an unassisted tally. Charles and junior Suzie Gray had Nazareth's third and fourth goals. Freshman Kate Rothrock assisted on Charles' goal and sophomore Carly Gates set up the scoring chance for Gray's goal.

The Owls' Meg Griffin spoiled a perfect opening half for Nazareth's defense as she scored with one second remaining in the period.

In the second half, junior Brooke Sullivan scored her first goal of the contest just 1:21 into the stanza. Griffin and Blair Smith answered with consecutive goals on free position shots to trim the Golden Flyers' advantage to 5-3 with still over 26 minutes of regulation to play. Nazareth answered with its decisive five-goal scoring run spanning nearly 20 minutes to secure the victory. Martin scored an unassisted goal, which was the eventual game-winner. Junior Brianna Mancini, Charles, and Sullivan each converted a free position opportunity to stretch Nazareth's lead to 9-3, which was followed by Charles' unassisted goal with 6:01 to play in regulation.

Griffin added a pair of goals in the final six minutes, and she finished with a game-high four goals. Griffin entered the game with a team-leading nine goals and was the reigning Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

For Nazareth offense, Sullivan's two goals now gives her a team-high seven goals in only three games while Martin has scored in each of the Golden Flyers' three games and ranks second on the team with five goals.

Nazareth finished with advantages in shots (29-16) and ground balls collected (25-20). Martin had a team-high four shots on goal, while Gates and sophomore Kayla McKay each scooped four ground balls. Griffin finished with a game-high five shots on goal for the Owls.

Senior Tara Prosak earned the victory in Nazareth's goal with three goals allowed and eight saves in 53:59 of action. Junior Ashley Kirch had two goals against in her 6:01 of playing time. For the Owls, Mimi Khampaeng played 58:36 and allowed all 10 of the Golden Flyers' goals in the loss. She finished with a game-high 11 saves.

The Golden Flyers' home opener is Wednesday, March 19th, when Nazareth hosts RIT in a non-conference contest.


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