The No. 19 St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon, as Nazareth got hat tricks from a trio of players en route to a 12-9 victory in Ithaca, NY. Senior Mac Johnson finished with three goals for the Saints in the loss.
Nazareth (3-2) was led by Luke Wooters, Troy Haefele and Chris Aycock, who each had three goals for the Golden Flyers. Meanwhile, the Saints (2-1) closed with a 33-25 advantage in shots thanks to a 14-3 edge in the fourth quarter as the team worked to claw out of a five-goal deficit.
Garrett Gagne and Pierson Fowler each scored twice for the Scarlet and Brown, while Davey Hovey and Cody Danforth each added one goal each. St. Lawrence was unable to control the possession, winning only 6-of-24 face-offs, and lost the ground ball battle as well, 34-31. Senior goalie Jeff Goeke made two saves in the loss, while Nazareth netminder Scott Brown made seven stops to earn the win.
Haefele scored back-to-back goals for Nazareth to open the game, but Hovey and Gagne tied it at 2-2 to cap the first quarter scoring. The Golden Flyers would score three times in the second quarter, including Wooters' first goal with only :05 seconds left in the half to open up a 5-3 lead at intermission.
St. Lawrence would come out strong to start the second half, tallying three goals in a span of 3:27 to take its first lead at 6-5. Johnson scored a man-up goal, Danforth tied it at 5-5 followed by Johnson putting the Saints on top with 9:24 left in the third quarter.
However, Nazareth would snag the momentum and score six straight goals, including five in the final 7:14 of the third quarter. Aycock scored three times in a 4:11 span, while Haefele, Wooters and Chris Peterson gave the Golden Flyers their largest lead at 11-6 early in the fourth quarter.
Though the Saints would close the gap to two at 11-9 thanks to a pair of tallies by Fowler and Johnson completing the hat trick, Wooters' goal in the final minute of regulation would solidify the upset win for Nazareth.
St. Lawrence will look to rebound on Wednesday, March 13 when the team faces Bowdoin at 7:00pm in Washington D.C. during the University's spring break.