Nazareth vs. Stevens Tech
April 19, 2009
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Visiting Stevens opened the game with four goals in the first 7:03 and went on to a 20-10 victory over Nazareth in a key Empire 8 conference game. Junior Mark DeCirce tallied four goals and one assist for the Golden Flyers.

With the loss, Nazareth drops to 6-6 overall and 3-3 in Empire 8 games. The Golden Flyers also fall into fifth place in the Empire 8 standings, a half-game behind RIT. The top four teams advance to play in the conference tournament. Nazareth will play at RIT April 25th. The Ducks improve to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the Empire 8.

DeCirce cut Nazareth's deficit to 4-1 as he scored his first goal of the game with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter. Stevens answered with back-to-back goals to give the Ducks a five-goal lead before junior Erinn O'Hara scored an unassisted goal to cut the score to 6-2 with 3:26 left in the first.

The Ducks scored one more goal before the end of the quarter and opened the second quarter with four straight goals to take an 11-2 lead 4:33 into the second quarter. Sophomore Scott Castle scored Nazareth's third goal with 10:04 to play before halftime. Stevens scored the final two goals of the half to take a 13-3 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, sophomore R.J. Gringeri tallied two goals and DeCirce and O'Hara each added one goal for the Golden Flyers. The Ducks' offense continued to play strongly and stretched the Stevens lead to 13 goals.

DeCirce's third goal, which came seven seconds into the fourth quarter, cut Nazareth's deficit to 19-8. Castle and DeCirce scored the final two goals of the game to score the Golden Flyers' ninth and 10th goals respectively.

Freshman Tom Lynam started the game in goal for Nazareth and took the loss. Lynam finished with one save in 9:49, junior Todd Dermody recorded seven saves in 25:31, and freshman Grant Williams tallied eight saves in 24:40. Dave Decker played the whole game in goal for Stevens and finished with 15 saves.

The Golden Flyers held a 20-12 advantage in face-offs and a 46-40 advantage in ground balls. The Ducks outshot Nazareth 52-41.

The Golden Flyers play Empire 8 conference games at Alfred Wednesday afternoon and travel to RIT Saturday afternoon. Nazareth returns home to host Keuka April 28th in a non-conference game to close its regular season.