Wooters and Haefele combine for 10 goals as Nazareth upsets No. 6 Stevens
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nazareth's freshman attack tandem of Luke Wooters and Troy Haefele combined for 10 goals Saturday for host Nazareth as the Golden Flyers shocked sixth-ranked Stevens in a key Empire 8 game, 17-8, on a cold and blustery day on Nazareth's upper field.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Golden Flyers, who improved to 10-4 overall and 5-0 in the Empire 8. The Ducks dropped to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Due to the Empire 8 Conference Track and Field Championships at Golden Flyer Stadium, Saturday's game was played on Nazareth's upper field, which served as the Golden Flyers' home venue from 1986 through 2003. The Golden Flyers jumped on the Ducks early as dominant faceoff work by sophomore Drew Simoneau resulted in a goal by Wooters just seven seconds into the game. After another Simoneau faceoff win, Troy Haefele scored just 23 seconds after that. Wooters scored again with 11:57 to go, then Troy Haefele again just six second later. All told, Nazareth scored seven times in the first quarter before the Ducks scored with just :01 left in the period.
Goals by Chris Aycock and Kyle Fanning in the second quarter extended the lead to 9-1. Nazareth scored six more times overall in the second quarter to swell the lead to 13-3 at the break.
Nazareth scored four more goals in the second half and was able to withstand every challenge by the Ducks as freshman goalie Scott Brown finished with a career-high 17 saves to preserve the lead.
Wooters also finished with two assists and six ground balls as he boosted his team-leading point total to 55 with 39 goals and 16 assists. Troy Haefele now has 33 goals on the season and 46 points. Aycock and junior attackman Trevar Haefele each produced five-point games. Aycock had three goals and two assists, while Haefele had two goals, three assists and ranks third on the team in scoring with 40 points.
Sophomore Kyle Fanning added one goal and two assists and freshman Matt O'Neill contributed three assists -- all on extra-man plays.
Sophomore Drew Simoneau continued his faceoff domination as he won 19 of 28 draws and collected 12 ground balls, boosting his season total to 157.
Nazareth outshot Stevens 55-44 and had a 51-40 edge in ground balls. Nazareth scored five extra-man goals in nine attempts while limiting Stevens to one goal in nine attempts. Griffin Rock led the Ducks with three goals.