Nazareth field hockey team holds off Saints, 3-1
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:06 pm

St. Lawrence University's field hockey team saw a frustrating pattern continue on Thursday as the Saints dropped a 3-1 decision at Nazareth College for their fourth straight loss.

For the third straight game, the Saints fell behind early, battled back to make it a one-goal game and then saw the opponent score to pull away again. The Saints fellCourtney Cartier scored her seventh of the year at Nazareth on Thursday. Photo by Tara Freeman.Courtney Cartier scored her seventh of the year at Nazareth on Thursday. Photo by Tara Freeman. to 2-10 on the season heading into a Saturday home Liberty League game against Rensselaer while Nazareth won its third straight and is now 4-9.

Nazareth scored 14 minutes into the game when Kalee O'Hara converted from Tessa Knapp for her tenth goal of the season. Sarah Wazenkewicz made it a 2-0 game 13:55 into the second half as she tucked her third of the season past Saint goalie Brady Cooper.

The Saints almost got one back just two minutes later when Courtney Cartier got the ball behind Nazareth goalie Shannon Winney, but defender Hannah Weitzel stepped in and cleared the ball off the goal line for a defensive save to keep the shutout intact.

Cartier did score with just under eight minutes to go in regulation as she converted from Grace O'Neil off a penalty corner for her seventh of the year to make it a 2-1 game, but Nazareth had an almost immediate answer as Grace Crowell scored her first of the season following a penalty corner at the other end of the field at 63:32 to give the Flyers an insurance goal.

Nazareth had a slight 14-12 overall edge in shots with a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal. Cooper made nine saves for the Saints while Winney finished with five stops for Nazareth.