Nazareth vs. Western New England
March 17, 2013
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Nazareth and visiting Western New England non-conference men's lacrosse game started following a 30-minute weather delay on Sunday afternoon. The 14th-ranked Golden Bears scored four first quarter goals, including two man-up goals, to take the early lead. Junior Collin Clark finished with two goals for the Golden Flyers.

Following the loss, Nazareth slips to 4-3 overall. Western New England improves to 3-2 overall with the victory. In the all-time series, Western New England leads 4-3 and are 3-0 in games at Nazareth. The Golden Flyers have defeated the Golden Bears in games in Florida, Texas, and Connecticut.

Midway through the first quarter, Nazareth was whistled for an illegal body check. Moments later, the Golden Flyers were given a conduct penalty, which gave the Golden Bears a two-man advantage. Adam Knapton scored just four seconds into the two-man advantage, and Nick Jez added a second man-up goal about 20 seconds later. Western New England found the back of the net twice in the final 39 seconds of the quarter to extend its lead to four goals. The Golden Bears controlled the first quarter action with 14 shots and 12 ground balls.

The Golden Flyers rallied for three straight goals in the second period to trim their deficit to one goal. Senior Chris Peterson, Clark, and junior Will Fallo tallied unassisted goals for Nazareth. Fallo scored his goal on a quick shot along the ground just as the Golden Flyers started their man-up attack. Fallo's goal, with 7:17 to play in the quarter, capped the third Nazareth goal in two minutes.

Western New England, however, won the ensuing faceoff and scored 12 seconds after Fallo to reclaim its multiple-goal lead. The Golden Bears maintained a multiple-goal lead throughout the remainder of regulation. After being held scoreless by Nazareth's defense for almost 10 minutes in the third quarter, Western New England tallied three goals in the final 2:26 to stretch their lead to 9-4 going into the final period.

Freshman Luke Wooters and junior Trevar Haefele scored fourth quarter goals for the Golden Flyers. Each goal cut Nazareth's deficit to five goals. The Golden Flyers recorded a dominant 16-7 advantage in shots in the fourth quarter but had difficulty putting the ball on goal.

Brandon Body made two saves in the quarter to secure the victory. Body finished the game with eight saves. Freshman Scott Brown tallied 11 saves in the Nazareth net.

After losing four of five faceoffs in the first quarter, the Golden Flyers rebounded to finish with an 11-10 edge in faceoffs. Sophomore Drew Simoneau was 7-12 on his faceoffs.

The Bears finished with a 42-36 advantage in shots and a 34-29 advantage in ground balls collected. Nazareth was 1-7 on man-up opportunities while Western New England finished 2-3.