Nazareth vs. Ithaca
May 2, 2012
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. – Visiting Nazareth dug a cavernous first-quarter hole against Ithaca Wednesday in the first round of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament for men’s lacrosse. Trailing 7-1 after the first 15 minutes, the third-seeded Golden Flyers never recovered in a season-ending 15-11 defeat to the second-seeded Bombers.

Nazareth closed its season with an overall record of 8-9. Ithaca improved to 12-5 overall and will play in Sunday’s championship game at Stevens at 1 p.m. with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament. Stevens defeated St. John Fisher in the other first-round game.

Freshman Kyle Fanning scored three goals for the Golden Flyers. Sophomore Collin Clark and senior C.J. Estes each scored twice. Jay Lucas scored four times for the Bombers, who defeated Nazareth for the second time this season. Estes' two goals gave him 29 for the season and 119 for his career.

Ithaca used a decisive 18-3 shooting advantage in the first quarter to build a commanding lead. Lucas scored twice, while Andrew Kristy, Brian DiBetta, Pat Slawta, Matt Greenblatt and Tom Mongelli scored twice each. Long-stick defender Tucker Sampson scored Nazareth’s lone goal.

Nazareth battled back and made it interesting by outscoring Ithaca 6-4 in the third quarter and closing to within 13-11 after a goal by Nick Loscalzo with 12:34 to go. The Golden Flyers, however, didn't score again as Ithaca scored two more times in the last four minutes to seal the win.

Ithaca also scored the first goal of the second quarter to go up 8-1, before Nazareth got goals from Fanning and Estes to close within 8-3. The Bombers' lead grew to 10-3 after they scored the last goal of the first half and the first one of the second.

Nazareth steadily worked its way back as Fanning scored twice in the third quarter while Nate DeLone, Brian Wright, Estes and Clark also scored. Clark and Loscalzo each scored within a minute early in the fourh quarter to make the score 13-11, but Ithaca was able to control the ball for the bulk of the fourth quarter and used late goals from DiBetta and Lucas to seal the deal.

Ithaca had advantages in shots (44-34) and ground balls (41-34), while Nazareth won 15 faceoffs to ithaca's 14. Freshman Drew Simoneau won 10 of 20 faceoffs and had six ground balls. Freshman defenseman Jerry Chasteen had five ground balls.

Junior Tim Doyle started in goal for Nazareth and had three saves before being pulled in favor of Rob Olin, who played the final 48 minutes and made 10 saves.