Nazareth lacrosse season ends in NCAA Tournament Second Round
Posted at: 05/11/2013 4:07 PM | Updated at: 05/11/2013 11:36 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Western New England used a seven-goal scoring spree that bridged the second and third quarters Saturday to surge past ninth-ranked Nazareth, 15-12, in a second-round NCAA Division III Tournament game for men's lacrosse at Golden Flyer Stadium.
Trailing 8-6 at the time, the Golden Bears were ahead 13-8 when the flurry ended and never trailed thereafter. Western New England improved to 13-6 overall with their second victory of the season over the Golden Flyers, who had a nine-game winning streak snapped and finished 15-5 overall.
The Golden Bears will play a quarterfinal game Wednesday against the winner of another second-round game between Cortland and Aurora.
Jon Bota scored four goals for WNE and Sean Lawton had three goals and two assists. Adam Knapton contributed two goals and four assists. Junior midfielder Chris Aycock and freshman attackman Troy Haefele each scored three goals for Nazareth. Freshman Luke Wooters added two goals and four assists. Sophomore Drew Simoneau won 22 of 30 faceoffs and had 17 ground balls, but Nazareth committed 23 turnovers.
Western New England scored five of the game's first six goals to take a 5-1 advantage late in the first quarter, but Wooters scored a first-quarter buzzer beater to trigger a six-goal scoring binge for the Golden Flyers. Nazareth scored five times in a span of 5:28 in the second quarter to rally to a 7-5 lead. Troy Haefele scored twice during the surge and goals by Trevar Haefele, Aycock and Wooters followed.
A goal by Bota interrupted the run, but Troy Haefele's third goal of the game enabled Nazareth to regain its two-goal advantage, 8-6. Western New England closed out the quarter with three straight goals, including a man-up score by Corbett Corrigan Harreys with :29 left in the half to put the Bears ahead to stay, 9-8.
Western New England took control in the third quarter with four straight goals, including a pair from Ryan Marcus, to stretch the lead to 13-8. Nazareth got goals from Aycock and Collin Clark to draw within 14-10 after three. Senior Chris Peterson and Aycock added goals for Nazareth in the fourth quarter.
Nazareth had a 42-41 edge in shots and a 48-34 advantage in ground balls. Brandon Body made 12 saves in goal for the Golden Bears, while Scott Brown made 11 saves for Nazareth. Sophomore defenseman Jerry Chasteen had six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Wooters continued to pad his single-season goal record as he finished with 93 points, including 64 goals. Fellow freshman Troy Haefele was almost as productive with 74 points on 48 goals, 26 assists. Simoneau's final numbers included 240 ground balls and 314 faceoffs won, both school records.