Nazareth Falls at No. 14 St. John Fisher in E8 Opener

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- St. John Fisher scored the first seven goals in the opening 12:17 to take command of Saturday's Empire 8 Conference women's lacrosse game against visiting Nazareth. The Golden Flyers held the Cardinals to six goals for the remainder of the game, but Nazareth was unable to threaten Fisher's lead. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Golden Flyers 13-4. Sophomore Carly Gates scored twice while junior Brianna Mancini and senior Amy McIntosh each added one goal.

With the loss, Nazareth slips to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in conference contests. Following the victory, Fisher improves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in Empire 8 action.

The Cardinals' potent attack started in the opening minutes of the first half as Sierra Badger converted a free position opportunity to put Fisher on the board 2:44 into the game. During the Cardinals' scoring run, Samantha Barton scored a pair of goals sandwiched around a goal by Taylor Hughes. Following Barton's second goal, Kristina Lombard recorded her first goal of the game. The run was capped by two goals by Lindsey Shoales, the second of which came with 17:43 still to play in the opening period.

The Cardinals' powerful offensive attack features six players who have amassed at least 10 goals already this season. Following Saturday's game, junior Brooke Sullivan (17 goals), McIntosh (11 goals), and Gates (10 goals) were the Golden Flyers' double-digit goal-scorers.

Following Fisher's initial outburst, Mancini and Gates scored back-to-back goals over a six-minute span to trim Nazareth's deficit to 7-2 with 5:24 to play in the stanza. Mancini's tally was assisted by McIntosh, and Gates' goal was unassisted. Emily Bryerton answered with just over four minutes to play in the half to stretch the Cardinals' lead to 8-2 at the break.

Gates opened the second half with an unassisted goal to bring Nazareth back to within five scores only 85 seconds into the period. The Cardinals, however, secured the victory with the next three goals in roughly 13 minutes to claim an overwhelming 11-3 lead with 10:25 to play in regulation. Barton, Bryerton, and Jordan Johnson scored Fisher's goals. McIntosh scored an unassisted goal with 6:38 to play for the Golden Flyers. Fisher's Barton and Erin Ward each found the back of the net in the final 65 seconds to stretch the Cardinals' margin.

Fisher enjoyed advantages in total shots (31-12), ground balls (21-16), and draw controls (13-6). Senior Tara Prosak amassed 12 saves in the loss. The Cardinals' Caroline Trpcevski and Nicole Hart each saw 30 minutes of action between Fisher's pipes. Both goalies allowed a pair of goals; Trpcevski was credited with one save in the win, and Hart was credited with four saves in relief.

Nazareth defender MacKenzie Haley recorded a team-high two caused turnovers and collected three ground balls. Gates and sophomore defender Kayla McKay also scooped three ground balls apiece.

Following their non-conference trip to Brockport on April 4th, the Golden Flyers return to Nazareth to resume their conference schedule with a 12:00 p.m. contest against Hartwick on April 5th.

2014-03-29



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