Junior Ali Ferenczy scored 6:21 into the second half and it turned into the game winner as St. Lawrence University's field hockey team turned back Nazareth College 4-2 in Rochester on Friday.
The Saints, now 5-9, jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead, but Nazareth cut it in half, scoring on a penalty corner with no time left in the first half. Ferenczy and Kara Pelosi scored just over seven minutes apart in the second half to build a 4-1 lead, and while the Golden Flyers got one back, goalie Nicole Matos and the Saint defense made the lead stand for the win.
SLU opened the scoring 14 minutes into play as sophomore Samantha Haab scored her fifth of the season, putting away a rebound after an initial shot by Lizzy Saward was saved by Nazareth goalie Marie Greco. Eric French made it a 2-0 game from Kate Higgins at 27:23. Higgins got her own rebound after a save by Greco and fed French who scored her second of the season.
Sarah Wazenlewitz scored the Nazareth goal on a penalty corner after time had expired in the first half. Maggie Muzio and Kailee Coleman assisted on the play.
Ferenczy made it a 3-1 game at 41:21 and Pelosi scored her fifth of the year from Grace O'Neil shortly after a Saint penalty corner to make it 4-1. Grace Crowell scored her first of the year from Muzio at 52:50 to complete the scoring.
Matos made two saves for the win while Creco had seven stops for the Golden Flyers. SLU had a 14-5 overall edge in shots with a 11-4 advantage in shots on goal. SLU had eight penalty corners to four for Nazareth.
The Saints start a three-game gauntlet of tough home games against ranked teams Oct. 25 when they host William Smith.