Jeffs Grounded by Golden Flyers, 9-5

Courtesy of Nazareth Sports Information

ALBANY, N.Y. – Freshman Luke Wooters scored four times and junior Chris Aycock scored twice Saturday for Nazareth as the Golden Flyers scored a methodical 9-5 win over the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team in a non-conference game played at SUNY Albany.

The victory boosted Nazareth's overall record to 5-3. Kane Haffey ’16 tallied two goals and an assist to lead Amherst, which dropped to 2-4 overall.

Quinn Moroney ’16 and Devin Acton ’14 each added a goal and an assist for the Jeffs, while rookie goalie Thomas Gilligan made 14 saves in the losing effort.

Amherst scored the game's first goal when Moroney assisted Haffey just 2:30 into the first quarter, but Nazareth answered with three straight -- Wooters scored twice and senior Chris Peterson added his fourth goal of the season -- and the Golden Flyes never trailed thereafter.

Amherst closed to within 3-2 when Acton finished off an assist from Haffey with just :20 left in the first quarter and the teams went nearly the entire second quarter without a goal until the Golden Flyers broke through with just :11 left in the half as Wooters converted a pass from Kyle Fanning to make the halftime score 4-2.

Aycock scored both of his goals in the third quarter, including an extra-man tally off an assist from Fanning, as the Golden Flyers upped their lead to 6-3 after Haffey tallied his second off an Acton assist with 5:54 remaining.

Wooters scored his fourth goal of the day and 20th of the season to open the fourth quarter. Then after Sam Lawlor ’16 assisted Moroney for Amherst two minutes later, Nazareth got late goals from junior middle Collin Clark and freshman attackman Matt O'Neill, whose extra-man score was the first of his career. The Jeffs’ final tally came from Aaron Mathias ’14 with just seven seconds remaining.

Nazareth finished with a 42-35 advantage in shots and a 46-26 edge in ground balls. Gilligan led Amherst with four ground balls while Moroney, Haffey and John Gibbons ’15 each tallied three. First-year long-stick mids Ryan Cassidy and Rob Butko each caused a pair of turnovers.

Amherst will look to snap its two-game skid when it returns home for a NESCAC clash with Wesleyan at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.