Nazareth vs. Rit
April 4, 2012
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- RIT's Jack Krzyston scored the game-winning goal 44 seconds into overtime Wednesday to lift the fourth-ranked Tigers to a 12-11 victory over host Nazareth in a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Golden Flyer Stadium.

RIT has now won the last five meetings against Nazareth and improved to 7-1 overall in 2012. Nazareth, which had quarter leads of 2-1, 5-4 and 8-6, dropped to 4-5 overall with the disappointing defeat.

After scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter, Nazareth had a seemingly safe 10-6 lead with 9:32 to play. RIT, however, stormed back by scoring four times in less than a four-minute span to tie the game at 10-10. Nazareth regained the lead on a goal by junior Brian Wright with 3:12 left, but Taylor Wisman forced the game into overtime with his third goal of the game for RIT off an assist from Allister Warren with 2:25 to go.

In overtime, the Tigers' PJ Hart won the critical opening face-off and Nazareth never got possession as Ryan Speciale found Krzyston wide open on the crease and the sophomore buried the game-winning shot for his third goal of the season.

Nazareth played well early and was ahead most of the game until coming apart late. RIT scored the first goal of the game, but Nazareth used goals by Wright, Kyle Fanning, John McDonnell and Trevar Haefele to go up 4-1 early in the second quarter.

RIT used a three-goal flurry to tie the score at 4-4, but Nate DeLone scored for Nazareth off a pass from Fanning to give the Golden Flyers a 5-4 lead before halftime.

Nazareth got third-quarter scores from McDonnell, Haefele and Fanning to go up 8-5 before Wisman closed out the quarter with an unassisted score for the Tigers,

Fanning's third goal of the game off an assist from Mark Pinski made it 9-6, then Chris Aycock scored unassisted to give Nazareth its largest lead at 10-6.

Speciale triggered RIT's comeback by scoring just :25 after Aycock. Forty-six seconds after that, Tom Riley scored for RIT to close the gap to 10-8. Goals by Jordan Collins-Hartwig and Kyle Aquin tied the score to set the stage for the frantic finish.

Fanning had one assist in addition to his three goals. Haefele went 2 and 2, while Wright and McDonnell each had two goals.

Nazareth had a 32-29 advantage in shots, but RIT had a 34-27 edge in ground balls. The Tigers also won 20 of 26 face-offs with Hart taking 16 of 18 with nine ground balls. Junior goalie Tim Doyle had seven saves for Nazareth. RIT's Anthony DeLeo had 10 saves.