Cortland State vs. Nazareth
May 18, 2005
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. (May 18, 2005) Juniors Bryan Adams and Chris Balash (pictured) each scored three times Wednesday and goalie Alex Civalier made 12 saves as Nazareth defeated host Cortland, 14-7, in a quarterfinal round game of the NCAA Division III Tournament for men's lacrosse.

The Golden Flyers improved to 14-2 overall and earned another trip to Middlebury this weekend, where they will meet the Panthers in the national semifinals. The game will be played either Saturday or Sunday at a time to be determined. Middlebury defeated Wesleyan, 11-8, in another quarterfinal game. In the South region, Salisbury defeated Gettysburg, 12-9, and Roanoke edged Lynchburg, 10-9. Nazareth amd Middlebury met in the 2004 semifinals with Nazareth winning 12-8. Cortland finishes 17-2 with both of its losses coming against Nazareth.

The Golden Flyers scored four of the game's first five goals and never trailed thereafter. It was 4-2 after one quarter, 6-3 at halftime and 12-4 after three quarters.

Attackmen Greg Kanellis, Bryan Coon, Ryan Hotaling and Balash each scored in the first quarter as Nazareth built an early lead. Junior Brian Gaffney scored his first goal of the season in the second quarter and Adams also scored.

Nazareth broke the game open in the third quarter by outscoring Cortland 6-1. Balash scored two of his goals and added an assist on a goal by Coon.

Cortland scored three straight goals -- Adam Hughes, Adam Hyde and Matt O'Connell -- to open the fourth quarter to trim the lead to 12-7, but Nazareth got late goals from Adams and Ryan Maciaszek to pull away again.

Civalier made nine of his saves in the second half and scooped a team-high eight ground balls to keep Cortland frustrated. Nazareth controlled the game statistically as well. The Golden Flyers outshot Cortland 47-35 and had a 50-42 edge in ground balls.

Nazareth coach Rob Randall praised the Golden Flyers' defense after the game. "We go as our defense goes," he said. "Once again, they stepped up and did a great job."

Seniors Chris Cimini, Gordon Quonce and Mike Field started on close defense and assisted in making many of Civalier's saves seem routine.