Saint John Fisher vs. Nazareth
April 25, 2006
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (April 25, 2006) -- Senior attackman Greg Kanellis (pictured) amassed a career-best seven points on four goals and three assists Tuesday as host Nazareth closed out its regular-season men's lacrosse schedule with a 16-7 victory over St. John Fisher.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and clinched the third seed for the Golden Flyers in this weekend's Empire 8 Conference Tournament. The 10th-ranked Golden Flyers (10-3 overall, 5-2 E8) visit RIT Friday for a semifinal game at 4 p.m. RIT defeated Nazareth, 12-11, in a regular-season meeting April 15.

St. John Fisher (9-6 overall, 3-4 E8) also will be participating Friday as the fourth seed. The Cardinals visit top-seeded Ithaca.

Tuesday's game was tied 2-2 in the first quarter before Kanellis scored an unassisted goal for his second score of the game and Nazareth never trailed again. Nazareth led 4-2 after one quarter and sophomore midfielder Matt Aloi scored twice in the second quarter as Nazareth extended its lead to 7-4.

Nazareth opened the second half with four straight goals to break the game open. Chris Balash scored twice and assisted on an extra-man goal by Kanellis. Ryan Hotaling also scored during the decisive scoring run. Nazareth's lead reached 11-4, then Fisher countered with three straight goals, including two by John Delle Donne, to close within 11-7. Bryan Adams ended the Fisher run by scoring unassisted for Nazareth with :38 left in the quarter.

Kanellis added another goal and an assist in the fourth quarter. First he assisted on a goal by Conor O'Keefe and Jordan Hirsch converted a pass from Adams three minutes after that. Kanellis then scored for the fourth time in the game and for the 19th time this season with an assist from sophomore Steve Cutia. Aloi closed out the scoring less than a minute later with his third goal of the game.

Nazareth had a commanding 46-17 edge in shots and a 46-32 advantage in ground balls.The Golden Flyers used three goalies. Senior George Polino made his first career start and made three saves in the first half. Senior Alex Civalier played the third quarter and made three saves and junior Pat Mullin had one save in the fourth quarter.

Balash and Hotaling each had two goals ad Adams had two assists in addition to one goal. Delle Donne had two goals for St. John Fisher as did Matt Hargather and Chris Weaver.