Nazareth vs. Geneseo State
March 10, 2007
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (March 10, 2007) -- Senior attackman Ryan Hotaling
(Onondaga HS/Syracuse, NY) saw his first action of the season Saturday
and scored three times and added an assist before reinjuring his
shoulder in the second quarter of Nazareth's 10-8 men's lacrosse
victory over visiting Geneseo.

The victory enabled the ninth-ranked Golden Flyers to remain unbeaten
at 3-0. Geneseo, ranked seventh nationally, was playing its first game
of the season.

Hotaling, a two-time All-American at attack for the Golden Flyers with
more than 100 career goals, missed the team's first two games with a
shoulder injury, but Nazareth was able to win games over Gordon and
Springfield.

Against Geneseo, Hotaling returned to the starting lineup and scored
three unassisted goals and assisted Chad Amidon (Onondaga HS/Syracuse,
NY) on a man-up goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter,
Hotaling reinjured his shoulder with 6:50 left and drew a 30-second
pushing penalty while Geneseo was attempting to clear the ball. He is
questionable for Nazareth's next game -- Tuesday against Connecticut
College at Stony Brook at 6 p.m.

The score was tied 2-2 late in the first quarter when Hotaling
intercepted a Geneseo clearing pass and scored unassisted to give the
Golden Flyers a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes.

That goal was the first of four straight that Nazareth would score. In
the second quarter, junior Steve Cutia (Cortland HS/Cortland, NY)
twice scored man-up goals off passes from freshman Erinn O'Hara
(Salisbury School/Camillus, NY) as Nazareth extended its lead to 7-3
by halftime. Hotaling and sophomore Jim Wall (Corcoran HS/Syracuse,
NY) also scored in the second quarter.

Nazareth scored three more times in the third quarter and extended its
lead to 10-4 before Geneseo made things interesting by scoring the
game's last four goals, including the only three goals of the fourth
quarter. O'Hara, Conor O'Keefe (Stony Brook/Setauket, NY) and Kevin
Kimball (St. Mark's/Framingham, MA) had Nazareth's third-period goals.

Mike Pizzuto (Amherst HS/Amherst, NY) scored his second goal of the
game for Geneseo with 3:05 left in the third quarter to trim
Nazareth's lead to 10-5. In the fourth quarter, Tim McDermott (Homer
HS/Cortland, NY) won the opening face-off and scored unassisted just
six seconds into the period. Joe Malach (Rush-Henrietta HS/Henrietta,
NY) scored off an assist from Owahn Bazydlo (Corcoran HS/Syracuse, NY)
about a minute later and Andrew Hanover (West Genesee HS/Camillus, NY)
added a man-up goal with nine minutes left to make it 10-8.

Geneseo had 13 shots in the fourth quarter, but Nazareth's defense
stood firm and senior goalie Pat Mullin (Irondequoit HS/Rochester, NY)
helped the cause by making 15 saves. Geneseo had advantages in shots
(47-32) and face-offs (14-8). Geneseo goalie Tim Garback (Henninger
HS/Syracuse, NY) made 12 saves.

After Tuesday's game against Connecticut College, Nazareth plays again
Saturday against St. Lawrence University at Corcoran High School in
Syracuse at 12 p.m.