Nazareth vs. Elmira
March 31, 2007
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (March 28, 2007) -- Senior attackman Jordan Hirsch (Hendrick Hudson HS/ Montrose, NY) scored a game-high four goals while fellow senior Chad Amidon (Onondaga HS/Syracuse, NY) scored three goals and junior Brian Lissner (pictured, East Syracuse-Minoa HS/East Syracuse, NY) added three goals and one assist to help lead the Golden Flyers to a 21-4 conference victory over visiting Elmira.

The Golden Flyers, ranked 11th nationally in Division III, improved to 7-1 and 1-0 in the Empire 8 while Elmira fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Amidon scored the first goal just 1:25 into the game. Brad Levick tied the game 1-1 for the Soaring Eagles :35 seconds later. Nazareth answered with four consecutive goals as senior Ryan Hotaling (Onondaga HS/Syracuse, NY) scored with 7:47 and Hirsch added three consecutive goals in under a minute to build the Golden Flyers' lead to 5-1. Mike Szpiech scored for Elmira with :29 seconds left in the first quarter to cut Nazareth's lead to 5-2.

Nazareth scored four goals in the second quarter to take a 9-2 halftime lead. The Golden Flyers' goal scorers were Amidon, Hotaling, and Mark Kanellis (Cortland HS/Cortland, NY). Hirsch scored his fourth goal of the game with :20 to play in the half.

The Golden Flyers continued their scoring run in the third quarter as they exploded for four goals in the first 3:01 of the second half. Lissner started the scoring run followed by a goal by Jim Wall (Corcoran HS/Syracuse, NY), Steve Cutia (Cortland HS/Cortland, NY), and Lissner's second goal of the game to give Nazareth a 13-2 advantage. Wall, Amidon, and Kevin Gibbons (Bishop Brady/Canterbury, NH) each added goals in the final eight minutes of the quarter to give the Golden Flyers a commanding 16-3 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Szpiech scored a man-up goal for the Soaring Eagles to cut their deficit to 16-4, but the Golden Flyers scored the final five goals of the game. Mike Cummings (Elmira Notre Dame HS/Elmira, NY), Aaron Civilier (Penfield HS/Rochester, NY), and Lissner each tallied one goal during the final scoring run while Mark DeCirce (Binghamton HS/Binghamton, NY) added two goals to extend Nazareth's lead to 21-4.

Goalie Pat Mullin (Irondequoit HS/Rochester, NY) only faced two shots in about nine minutes of playing time to record the victory for Nazareth. Chris Hoffmeister (Holderness School/Norfolk, MA), Cory Spinale (Governor Academy/Wakefield, MA), Todd Dermody (Newfield HS/Selden, NY), and Anthony Desimone (Immaculate Heart Central/Clayton, NY) split the final 51 minutes of playing time in goal for the Golden Flyers.

Nazareth had an advantage in shots (56-17), face-offs (20-9), ground balls (48-24) and were successful on 26 of 30 clear attempts..

Nazareth is home again Wednesday for another Empire 8 Conference game. The Golden Flyers host Utica at 4 p.m.