Nazareth vs. Utica College
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Attackmen Mark DeCirce and C.J. Estes each scored five goals and midfielder Alex Cole contributed a career-best seven points on two goals and five assists Wednesday as host Nazareth dominated Utica in men's lacrosse with a 21-7 victory.

The win was the second straight in conference play for the Golden Flyers, who improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Empire 8. Utica dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in conference games.

Utica scored the first goal of the game as Michael Brodhead converted a feed from Aaron Benoit, but Nazareth dominated play thereafter, scoring four of the next five goals to finish the quarter and then six straight to open the second quarter to go up 12-4 at halftime.

DeCirce had four of his five goals in the first half and Estes scored four in the second half as Nazareth's lead continued to grow. Nazareth also dominated statistically with large advantages in shots (71-34), ground balls (70-36) and face-offs (22-9). Kyle McLean won 15 of 17 face-offs for the Golden Flyers and scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls.

DeCirce scored twice in the first quarter and Sean Dennison and Erinn O'Hara also scored as Nazareth erased the early deficit. In the second quarter, DeCirce and Mike Cummings each scored twice as Nazareth scored eight times overall, including a score by long-stick midfielder Kyle Brown.

In the third quarter, Estes scored twice for Nazareth with Coles, Cummings, DeCirce and Dennison also scoring. Estes scored twice more in the fourth quarter -- each time off assists from Cole and freshman John McDonnell added an unassisted score to close out the scoring.

Nazareth's Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar was limited to one assist offensively but contributed with eight ground balls and four caused turnovers. DeCirce also had six ground balls and McDonnell and defenseman Brian Orr each had five. Junior goalie Todd Dermody played all 60 minutes in goal and had 11 saves.

Tom Collins scored twice for Utica and David O'Connell had one goal and one assist. Goalie Travis Wright had 25 saves.

Nazareth returns to action Saturday for another Empire 8 Conference game at Hartwick at 1 p.m.