Nazareth vs. Rit
April 19, 2008
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Visiting RIT scored the first five goals of the game Saturday in men's lacrosse and went on to eliminate Nazareth from the Empire 8 Conference playoff picture with an 18-7 victory before more than 3,000 sun-baked fans at Golden Flyer Stadium.

Combined with St. John Fisher's 12-5 victory over Utica, Nazareth fell to fifth place in the E8 standings with a 4-4 conference record. The Golden Flyers are 7-6 overall. RIT, with its fourth straight win, improved to 9-6 overall and 6-2 in the Empire 8. The Tigers will travel to Stevens next Friday for the first round of the E8Tournament. Ithaca, a 13-7 winner over Stevens Saturday, clinched the top seed and will host Fisher in Friday's other conference playoff game.

Against Nazareth, RIT dominated the first quarter by outshooting the Golden Flyers 18-7 and outscoring them 4-0. The Tigers' Dan Rago scored his second goal of the game early in the second quarter to extend the lead to 5-0.

Nazareth used consecutive goals from Aaron Civalier, Steve Cutia and Mark DeCirce to close within 5-3 midway through the second quarter, but RIT closed the quarter with goals from Andrew Ruocco and Iric Bressler to regain its four-goal cushion, 7-3.

The Tigers dominated the third quarter even more thoroughly than the first, using a 19-6 advantage in shots to outscore Nazareth 7-1 to make the score 14-4 with 15 minutes to play. Rago scored two more times for RIT in the third quarter and added his fifth goal in the fourth as the Tigers coasted.

In addition to Rago's five goals, Ruocco had three and Bressler delivered two goals and four assists. Kelso Davis and Sean Gillies each scored twice and Wes Adam had one goal and four assists. The Tigers also got 14 saves from goalie Brad Conlon and dominated face-offs by winning 18 of 28 draws, including 17 of 27 for Jacob Brunner.

Cutia, DeCirce and Matt Aloi each scored two goals and goalie Todd Dermody had a career-high 20 saves for Nazareth, which closes its regular-season schedule Tuesday with a non-conference game at Keuka at 4 p.m.