ROCHESTER, N.Y. (April 25, 2003) -- Senior midfielder Dave Graham
scored off a pass from Brian Navarra with 1:40 left in the
second overtime Friday to lift host Nazareth to a 13-12 victory over
Ithaca in men's lacrosse.
The goal gave Nazareth its first and only lead of the game and clinched
for the Golden Flyers the Empire 8 Conference championship and an
automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Ithaca led by as many as five goals late in the third quarter before the
Golden Flyers rallied to outscore the Bombers 6-2 in the fourth quarter
to force overtime. Junior attackman Brandon Brown tied the game at 12-12
on an extra-man goal with :18 left in regulation.
Ithaca's Dennis Juleff scored twice in the first quarter as the Bombers
took a 4-2 lead. The Bombers scored three more times in the second
quarter, but Nazareth answered with a pair of goals from Chris Balash to
stay within 7-5 at halftime. Ithaca used a pair of goals by Matt Casey
and one from Devin Burgoon to push its lead to 10-5 with 4:00 left in
the third quarter.
Nazareth rallied by scoring six of the next seven goals to tie the score
at 11-11. Juleff scored unassisted with 7:16 left to push Ithaca back in
front, but Brown forced overtime with his fourth goal of the game off a
pass from Balash.
Both teams had overtime opportunities, but the game remained tied until
Navarra found Graham in front of the goal for the game-winner.
Brown finished with four goals and one assist. Balash had two goals and
two assists and T.J. Rogers also scored twice. Senior Jim Quackenbush
won 14 of 26 face-offs and scooped up 15 ground balls.
Juleff had three goals for Ithaca (10-3 overall, 5-1 E8). Casey, Nick
Mayer, and Scott Guerra each had two goals. Senior goalie Ryan Martin
made 16 saves for Ithaca. Sophomore Don Green made 11 saves for the
Nazareth (10-3 overall, 6-0 E8) completes its regular-season schedule
Wednesday with an E8 Conference game against Elmira at 4 p.m. NCAA
Tournament pairings will be announced May 4.
Nazareth vs. Ithaca