Nazareth vs. Gordon
February 24, 2007
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2007) -- Freshman attackman Erinn O'Hara (pictured, Camillus, NY) scored four goals and added one assist Saturday and junior midfielder Matt Aloi (DeWitt, NY) also scored four times as Nazareth opened its men's lacrosse season with a 17-5 victory over Gordon College.

The game was the season opener for both teams. Nazareth is ranked 12th nationally by laxpower.com.

Nazareth scored the first seven goals of the game -- by seven different players -- before Gordon scored twice before halftime.

The Golden Flyers then broke the game open in the third quarter by outscoring Gordon 7-1. O'Hara scored three times in the third quarter and Aloi scored twice. In the fourth quarter, sophomore midfielder Mike Cummings (Elmira, NY) netted his first career goal. Junior attackman Brian Lissner (East Syracuse, NY) scored for the first time in the first quarter with defenseman Will Tuttle (Kennebunk, Maine) picking up the assist for his first career point.

Sophomore attackman Jim Wall (Syracuse, NY) had two goals for Nazareth and junior midfielder Steve Cutia (Cortland, NY) contributed one goal and three assists. Other Nazareth goal scorers were senior midfielder Conor O'Keefe (Setauket, NY) , junior midfielder Aaron Civalier (Rochester, NY), senior attackman Jordan Hirsch (Montrose, NY) and senior midfielder Chad Amidon (Syracuse, NY). The Golden Flyers played without last year's leading scorer, Ryan Hotaling (Syracuse, NY), who is out with a shoulder injury.

Nazareth had a 44-24 edge in shots and a 48 41 advantage in ground balls. Senior Pat Mullin (Rochester, NY) played the first three quarters in goal and recorded eight saves. Andrew Kirkaldy (Alberta, Canada) scored twice for Gordon and Danny Mack (Dublin, OH) had a goal and an assist.

Nazareth returns to action Sunday, March 4 at Springfield at 1 p.m.