Nazareth Falls to No. 16 Brockport

BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- Visiting Nazareth surrendered an 8-4 lead to Brockport in the first half, and the Golden Flyers' second-half rally fell short in a women's non-conference lacrosse game on Friday afternoon. The 16th-ranked Golden Eagles went on to defeat the Golden Flyers, 11-9.

Senior Amy McIntosh and junior Brianna Mancini each tallied three goals. With Friday's goals, McIntosh and Mancini have 13 goals and nine goals on the season, respectively.

With the loss, Nazareth falls to 3-6 overall. It is the fourth time tthis season the Golden Flyers have lost by two or fewer goals. The other two losses came to second-ranked Cortland and 17th-ranked St. John Fisher. The Golden Flyers return to action quickly when Nazareth hosts Hartwick in an Empire 8 contest on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. With the victory, Brockport improves to 6-3 overall.

The Golden Eagles scored a pair of goals in the opening 6:18 of regulation before back-to-back scores by the Golden Flyers knotted the game roughly 10 minutes into the game. Emily Zartman opened the scoring with an unassisted tally; it was her 25th of the season. Zartman's goal was followed by a score from Alyssa Scordo less than two minutes later. Nazareth's goals from Mancini and junior Brooke Sullivan were separated by only 57 seconds. Mancini's goal was set up by a pass from classmate Suzie Gray, while Sullivan converted a free position shot to temporarily tie the score.

Brockport's Kelly Wall and Megan LaGro combined for the next three goals to claim a 5-2 lead. Wall scored a pair of unassisted goals in 63 seconds, which provided the Golden Eagles with a 4-2 lead with 15:08 to play in the stanza. Following LaGro's goal, McIntosh recorded her first score of the game to return Nazareth's deficit to two goals, however, Makensie Schuber and Hailey Boronczyk each scored to stretch Brockport's lead to 7-3 with just under seven minutes to play in the stanza.

Mancini and Nina Tassone traded goals before the end of the half to provide the Golden Eagles the four-goal advantage at the break. Mancini's goal was assisted by senior Emily Rothrock.

Nazareth's offense surged in the opening minutes of the second half. After receiving a pass from sophomore Carly Gates, McIntosh scored her second goal of the game only one minute into the period. The Golden Flyers' deficit was trimmed back to two goals, 8-6, following Mancini's third goal of the game. Sullivan was credited with the assist on Mancini's hat-trick goal.

Wall scored the Golden Eagles' final three goals of the afternoon in the final 23:02 to preserve Brockport's lead. Following Wall's first goal of the period and third of the game, Gray answered by converting a free position shot to return the Golden Eagles' lead to two goals, 8-6, 5:56 into the second. Wall added another unassisted goal before freshman Gabrielle Charles and McIntosh each scored to bring the Golden Flyers to within 10-9 with 14:33 to play in regulation. Rothrock assisted on McIntosh's goal. Nazareth, however, was whistled for a pair of yellow cards in the final 12 minutes. The Golden Flyers' did not allow a goal when playing down a player, but the cards made the rally attempt more challenging.

Wall scored her fifth goal of the contest with 8:22 remaining to add insurance to the Golden Eagles' lead. Brockport's defense tightened after McIntosh's goal, allowing only two Nazareth shots following it. Sullivan had a shot go high with 7:52 to play, then Rothrock's shot was saved 13 seconds later.

Senior Tara Prosak recorded a game-high 12 saves in the loss, including seven in the opening half. Prosak also held Brockport 0-6 on free position chances. Remle Harr earned the victory with six saves, including four in the second period to thwart the Golden Flyers' attempted rally. Nazareth finished 2-4 on free position opportunities.

The Golden Eagles enjoyed a 29-19 advantage in shots and a 20-15 advantage in ground balls collected. Nazareth finished with a 12-10 edge in draw controls, including six collected by Sullivan. Brockport's defense, however, forced the Golden Flyers into 23 turnovers. By comparison, the Golden Eagles committed 14 turnovers.


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