Nazareth vs. Cortland State
March 30, 2005
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (March 30, 2005) Host Nazareth built a 5-3 first-quarter lead Wednesday and never trailed thereafter as the second-ranked Golden Flyers went on to take a 14-9 men's lacrosse victory over third-ranked Cortland.

The non-conference game, featuring two unbeaten teams, boosted Nazareth's record to 4-0. Cortland fell to 5-1.

After Cortland's Ryan Simensky (Locust Valley, NY) scored the game's first goal, Nazareth countered with four straight goals to take control. Sophomore attackman Ryan Hotaling (Syracuse, NY) scored first, followed by Chris Balash (Auburn, NY), Ryan Feltner (Horseheads, NY), and freshman midfielder Matt Aloi (Jamesville, NY).

Cortland's Adam Hughes (North Syracuse, NY) interrupted the string with a man-up goal, but senior defenseman Chris Cimini (pictured) followed with his first career goal with 1:56 left in the first quarter to push Nazareth's lead to 5-2. Hughes scored again for Cortland before the quarter ended to pull the Red Dragons to within 5-3.

Nazareth scored three more times in the second quarter to extend its lead to 8-5. Balash and Feltner each added their second goals of the game and Mike McGrath also scored for the Golden Flyers. Brian Atkins (Adams, NY) and Mike Abbott (Syracuse, NY) each scored for Cortland.

Nazareth led 10-6 late in the third quarter, when Cortland's Kyle Lambert (Brentwood, NY) took advantage of an extra-man opportunity to draw the Dragons to within 10-7. Hughes' third goal of the game early in the fourth quarter made it 10-8, but that was as close as Cortland would get.

Nazareth responded with another four-goal scoring spree that started with Hotaling feeding Chad Amidon (Marcellus, NY) for a goal with 13:15 left. Hotaling added two goals during the spurt and Conor O'Keefe (Stony Brook, NY) also scored for Nazareth.

Balash and Hotaling each had two assists in addition to their three goals. Amidon and Feltner each scored twice. Hughes had three goals and two assists for Cortland and Abbott and Simensky each scored twice.

Cortland had a statistical advantage by outshooting Nazareth 47-36 and winning 20 of 27 face-offs. Cortland's Ben Gaebel (Deferiet, NY) made 10 saves and Nazareth's Alex Civalier (Rochester, NY) had 12 saves.