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AU women’s lacrosse team drops Empire 8 opener
3/31/12

ALFRED, NY -The Alfred University women’s lacrosse team dropped a 15-9 decision to visiting Nazareth College, Saturday afternoon at Merrill Field to open Empire 8 Conference play.

With the loss the Saxons fall to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in conference action, while the Golden Flyers improve to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the E8.

Junior attacker Ali Garcia (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial) netted the first goal of the contest just under 90 seconds into the first half. Nazareth responded scoring four unanswered goals, before Garcia found the back of the net for the second time to close the Golden Flyers lead to 4-2 with 19:41 remaining in the first half. Nazareth’s Brooke Sullivan buried a shot past AU netminder Taylor Tarajos (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia), before the Saxons tallied a pair of goals to make it a one-goal game (5-4), with 7:11 to go in the first half. The Golden Flyers netted three unanswered goals to close the first half, to claim 8-4 advantage at intermission.

In the second half, sophomore midfielder Ashley White (Islip, NY/Islip) struck first for the Saxons to make it a 5-8 game with 28:14 remaining. Nazareth rallied again scoring two goals in less than a minute to claim a 10-5 lead with 23:34 remaining. AU got no closer as the teams traded goals, before Nazareth’s Erinn Wood scored a pair of goals to close out the scoring.

For the game, Nazareth outshot AU 37-24, and picked up 20 groundballs to the Saxons 18. The Golden Flyers held a commanding 17-9 advantage in draw controls.

Garcia and freshman attacker Kaitlyn Button (Canastota, NY/Cazenovia) each finished with three goals and White netted a pair of goals to pace the Saxons. Junior midfielder Devin Fitzgerald (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) scored a goal and junior midfielder Tracie McGinnity (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) dished out a game-best two assists.

Tarajos went the distance in goal for AU and made a game-high 13 saves. Tara Prosak started in goal for the Golden Flyers and made three saves in 30 minutes of action, and Shelby Robinson played the second half and stopped six shots.

Wood recorded a game-high six points on five goals and an assist and Leah Cronister scored four goals to lead Nazareth. Sullivan and Amy McIntoch each scored two goals and Megan Cregan had a goal and an assist.

Alfred returns to action Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m., when they take on host Thiel College.