Nazareth lacrosse wins big over Castleton State; Advance to NCAA second round
Posted at: 05/08/2013 9:15 PM | Updated at: 05/08/2013 11:50 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, Nazareth won its first tournament game since 2007 in resounding fashion Wednesday. The Golden Flyers used 11 different goal scorers against visiting Castleton State to score a 25-4 victory in a first-round NCAA Division II men's lacrosse game at Golden Flyer Stadium.
Nazareth won for the ninth straight time to improve to 15-4 overall, while North Atlantic Conference champion Castleton had a 10-game winning streak snapped and had their season end with a 15-4 record. Nazareth, ranked ninth nationally, will host Western New England (12-6) Saturday in a second-round match-up at a time to be determined. Western New England defeated Eastern Connecticut State, 16-10, in another first-round game.
Against the Spartans Wednesday, the Golden Flyers piled up some impressive numbers, led by recently named Empire 8 Player of the Year Drew Simoneau, who enabled Nazareth to control possession time by winning 17 of 21 faceoffs and scooping up 15 ground balls. Midfielder Collin Clark had five goals and attackman Troy Haefele added four goals and four assists. Attackman Luke Wooters, recently selected Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, contributed three goals and five assists.
Nazareth also had lopsided advantages in shots (61-26) and ground balls (55-42) and converted four extra-man goals.
Clark scored Nazareth's first three goals, but the Spartans got a pair of goals from Spencer Hunt in the first period to stay close at 5-2 through 15 minutes. Nazareth then overwhelmed the Spartans over the next three quarters, outscoring them 7-1 in both the second and third periods and 6-0 in the fourth.
Nazareth also got three goals each from midfielders Chris Aycock and Kyle Fanning and two goals from midfielder Matt McDermott. Midfielder Jeff Sabitus also scored his first career goal in the third quarter. Trevar Haefele, Charlie Mayne, Matt O'Neill and Danny Conlin also scored.
Saturday's game against Western New England is a rematch of an earlier meeting this season in which Nazareth was held to a season-low six goals in a 12-6 defeat at home on March 17.