Gates, Rothrock Propel Flyers Past Saxons

ALFRED, N.Y. -- Sophomore Carly Gates scored a career-best four goals and added one assist and freshman Kate Rothrock had three goals and two assists for Nazareth on Wednesday, and the Golden Flyers won easily over Alfred, 17-5, in an Empire 8 lacrosse game at Yunevich Stadium. The victory evened Nazareth's overall record at 7-7 and clinched a spot in next month's E8 tournament.

The Golden Flyers, now 4-2 in conference play, can be seeded as high as third with a home-field win Saturday against Stevens in the teams' final regular-season game at 12:00 p.m. Alfred is 1-10 overall and 0-6 in the E8. The conference tournament is May 3-4.

Nazareth dominated Wednesday's game from the outset, scoring five times before the game was 11 minutes old with five different players converting. Brooke Sullivan scored just 36 seconds into the game and Amy McIntosh made it 2-0 four minutes later. The next three goals came in a stretch of 1:04 as Gates, Kelsey McNaboe and Alex McFaddin each converted to make it 5-0.

Alfred scored at the 18-minute mark to break the shutout, but Nazareth scored five more times to go up 10-1 at the half. Sullivan, McNaboe and Gates each scored again, while freshman Hayley Spoljaric and junior Brianna Mancini also scored.

Gates scored two more times in the second half, while Rothrock scored all three of her goals. McIntosh and Spoljaric also scored again.

Nazareth had a 34-18 edge in shots and won 14 draws, including six by Sullivan. Tara Prosak had four saves in the first half, while Ashley Kirch made two saves in the second.


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