Hartwick vs. Nazareth
April 9, 2011
The Game Story:
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Visiting Nazareth opened a 5-0 lead and went on to defeat Hartwick 11-4 in a men's Empire 8 conference lacrosse game. Junior Nate DeLone (Rush-Henrietta HS/Rochester, NY) recorded four goals and an assist for the Golden Flyers while seniors Scott Castle (Skaneateles HS/Skaneateles, NY) and Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar (Orchard Park HS/Orchard Park, NY) each added two goals and one assist.

With the victory, Nazareth remains undefeated in conference games with a 4-0 record. The Golden Flyers improve to 8-2 overall with a non-conference game against fifth-ranked Cortland scheduled for Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Hawks fall to 0-4 in Empire 8 games and drop to 5-6 overall.

DeLone ignited the Golden Flyers with two goals within a 30-second span to give Nazareth a 2-0 lead just 2:45 into the contest. Freshman Trevar Haefele (St. Dominic's Regional/Greene, ME) assisted on DeLone's first goal after an earlier save by sophomore Tim Doyle (Palmyra-Macedon HS/Macedon, NY). After collecting a ground ball following the faceoff, DeLone scored his second goal unassisted.

Nazareth's defense helped with the offensive attack for the Golden Flyers' third goal. Senior Mitchel Frey (Moeller HS/Terrace Park, OH) caused a turnover in Nazareth's defensive end and on the ensuing possession sophomore Brian Wright (Don Bosco Prep/Franklin Lakes, NJ) found Castle for his first goal of the game. With 12 seconds to play in the quarter, Jacobs-Ferderbar tallied the fourth goal of the quarter just seconds after ringing a shot off the post.

The Golden Flyers and Hawks each scored once in the second quarter. Castle temporarily stretched Nazareth's lead to five with an unassisted goal seven minutes into the period. Harry Hughes put Hartwick on the board about four minutes later. The third quarter, however, started with the Golden Flyers having a man-up opportunity, and 32 seconds into the quarter, freshman Collin Clark (Anderson HS/Austin, TX) found the back of the net.

After a goal by Hartwick's Joe Shields, Jacobs-Ferderbar and DeLone answered for Nazareth. Jacobs-Ferderbar's goal came on another man-up opportunity and DeLone's goal came about a minute later. Hartwick scored consecutive goals to trim its deficit to 8-4 with 6:24 to play in the third quarter, but Nazareth's defense held the Hawks scoreless for the final 21:24 of the contest.

Junior C.J. Estes, (Hebron Academy/Medfield, MA) freshman Jonathan VanOrden (Paul V. Moore/Brewerton, NY), and DeLone each added a goal in the final 15 mintues. Nazareth's transition game resulted in the scoring opportunity for Estes, who scored just 12 seconds after Doyle made a save in the Golden Flyers' net. VanOrden's goal was his third of the season, and DeLone's goal was Nazareth's third man-up goal of the game.

Doyle finished with four goals against and nine saves in about 57 minutes of action. Junior Grant Williams (Westchester Academy/Houston, TX) played the final three minutes in goal for Nazareth. Carl Langel played all 60 minutes for the Hawks and finished with 10 saves.

Hughes finished with two goals for Hartwick, while Aitchison and Shields scored the Hawks' other goals.

Overall, the game's statistics were relatively balanced despite the Golden Flyers' final seven-goal victory. Nazareth and Hartwick each tallied 32 shots. The Golden Flyers won 10 of 18 faceoffs, with senior Kyle McLean (Bayport-Blupoint HS/Bayport, NY) finishing 7 for 11 and collecting a team-high four ground balls. Hartwick, though, finished with a 27-26 edge in ground balls.

After Nazareth hosts Cortland in Monday's non-conference game, the Empire 8 schedule heats up with games against rivals Ithaca (April 16th), 16th-ranked St.John Fisher (April 20th), sixth-ranked Stevens (April 23rd), and fourth-ranked RIT (April 30th) to close the regular season. The top four teams in the conference qualify for the postseason tournament, which will be played during the first weekend of May.