Nazareth Falls to #9 Lynchburg at Mustang Classic

STEVENSON, MD -- Nazareth sophomore Luke Wooters tied the score at nine goals apiece 1:12 into the fourth quarter before Lynchburg scored four of the final five goals to hold off the Golden Flyers 13-10 in a non-conference game on Saturday evening.

With the loss, Nazareth closes its grueling road trip with a record of 2-5 overall. With the victory, the ninth-ranked Hornets improve to 6-2 overall. Lynchburg's two losses have been to Cabrini (ranked fourth) and Salisbury (ranked second), and they have won five games in a row. The Golden Flyers have fallen in three straight games, however, the losses have come against the formidable opponents of Cabrini, Stevenson (ranked fifth), and Lynchburg.

Following Wooters' game-tying goal, Charlie Oldendorp answered just 1:17 later to reclaim the Hornets' lead. With just over eight minutes remaining, Campbell Armstrong tallied an unassisted goal to stretch Lynchburg's lead to 11-9. Senior Brian Wright answered for the Golden Flyers with 6:55 to play in regulation after receiving a pass from Wooters. With Nazareth seeking the game-tying goal, the Hornets' Austin Steward scored a pair of goals in the final 3:34 to secure Lynchburg's victory.

Following Wright's goal, which cut the Golden Flyers' deficit to 11-10, junior Drew Simoneau won the ensuing faceoff. Wooters, sophomore Matt O'Neill, and junior Will Fallo each had a shot but all of them were wide of the goal. The Hornets' defense forced a turnover, which led to Stewart's first insurance goal. Nazareth mustered four additional shots in the final three minutes, but two were wide and two were saved by Lynchburg's Andrew Fawkes.

In the first quarter, Lynchburg's Aaron Murphy opened the scoring roughly six minutes into regulation with an unassisted score. The Golden Flyers responded with three goals in a span of only 1:08 to take a a 3-1 lead. Freshman Luke Longo scored Nazareth's first goal, which was assisted by senior Collin Clark. Longo's goal came with 8:17 to play in the stanza. Simoneau won the faceoff and scored unassisted 12 seconds later. After Simoneau won another faceoff, sophomore Troy Haefele's unassisted goal stretched the lead to two goals.

In the closing minutes of the period, however, Lynchburg's Armstong and Murphy each found the back of the net to tie the game at three goals apiece going into the second period.

Clark's goal 1:53 into the second reclaimed the Golden Flyers' lead, but it was the last lead Nazareth had. The Hornets answered with four goals in just under three minutes to take a 7-4 advantage. Campbell, Murphy, Austin, and Todd Galvin had the goals for Lynchburg. Wright brought Nazareth to within two goals with 2:52 to play in the quarter before Lynchburg scored in the final minute to take an 8-5 lead at the break.

After Jacob Fuller stretched the Hornets' lead to four goals early in the fourth, the Golden Flyers used another three-goal scoring run. With 9:48 to play in the quarter, O'Neill started the run with his fourth goal of the season. Freshman Nick Arnold's third goal of the season 1:21 later cut Nazareth's deficit to two goals. Troy Haefele was credited with the assist on Arnold's goal.

Similar to earlier in the contest, Simoneau won the ensuing faceoff, and he found the back of the net for his second goal of the game and sixth of the season. Simoneau's goal provided Wooters with the chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. Simoneau finished with 17 faceoff wins out of 26 opportunities, and he ranks 23rd in the nation with a winning percentage of .669. Simoneau also collected a game-high 12 ground balls. He currently ranks second in Division III with an average of 14 per game.

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