Nazareth vs. Rit
April 15, 2006
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (April 15, 2006) -- Fifth-ranked Nazareth saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end as the Golden Flyers lost to visiting RIT 12-11 in an Empire 8 game Saturday at Golden Flyer Stadium.

With the loss, the Golden Flyers drop to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the Empire 8 Conference. RIT improves to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Nazareth got on the board first with a goal from sophomore Matt Aloi at 9:44. The Tigers then scored three consecutive goals in the next five minutes to take a 4-1 lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter. Nazareth junior Chad Amidon cut the lead to 4-2 with just 12 seconds left in the quarter.

The second quarter belonged to the Golden Flyers as they outscored the Tigers 4-1 to take a 6-4 lead into halftime. Two of Nazareth's four goals in the quarter were extra man opportunities. Seniors Chris Balash and Byran Adams converted on the man up goals for the Golden Flyers.

RIT started the third quarter with two goals from Andrew Ruocco and Scott Farress at 9:19 and 7:41 to tie the game at six. Junior Jordan Hirsch (pictured) gave the Golden Flyers a 7-6 lead with the first of his three goals of the game. Nazareth increased its lead to 10-6 with goals from junior Ryan Hotaling, Hirsch and Amidon in a two-minute span.

RIT's David Demuth started a 6-0 Tiger run with a man up goal with 1:35 left in the third quarter. The Tigers started the fourth quarter with Farress' third goal of the game at 12:12. Wes Adam, David Thering and Farress then found the back of the net in a two minute span to give the Tigers an 11-10 lead. Ruocco scored what proved to be the game winner at 3:17 and Hirsch notched his third of the day at 2:04 to close out the scoring.

RIT outshot the Golden Flyers 54-37 and also held the advantage in groundballs 47-38. Nazareth dominated in the face-off circle winning 17 of 27 draws including seven of eight in the third quarter.

Nazareth junior goalkeeper Pat Mullin stopped 17 shots, including seven in the first quarter to keep the Golden Flyers in the game.

RIT goalkeeper John Foley finished with 14 saves.

Nazareth's next game is on Saturday, April 22 at Ithaca. Game time is set for 1 p.m. The Golden Flyers close out their regular season schedule with a home game against St. John Fisher on Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m.