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The Nazareth College Men Fall at Home to Alfred

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ROCHESTER, NY – The Alfred University men's lacrosse team defeated host Nazareth College, 13-9 Saturday afternoon. This is the first time the Saxons defeated Nazareth since the '97 season when Alfred defeated the Golden Flyers, 12-11.

The Saxons (7-5, 3-1 Empire 8) were led by first-year Cale Donegan (Corning, NY/Corning-Painted Post) with three goals. Senior Jake Lynch (Whitney Point, NY/Whitney Point) and junior Joe Fornataro (Rochester, NY/Greece Athena) each finished with three points (two goals, one assist). Sophomore Shane Weber (Hull, MA/Hull) had two goals while senior Samuel DiRisio (Prattsburgh, NY/Penn Yan), junior Frank Gavigan (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown), sophomore Ben Cafolla (Seneca Falls, NY/Mynderse Academy) and first-year Jake Mcnaney (Corning, NY/Corning-Painted Post) each recorded a goal to round out the scoring.

Weber started the scoring off for Alfred, as he put one in the back of the net just :19 into the contest. Neither team was able to gain an advantage in the first quarter as the score was 3-3. Alfred came into the second quarter, scoring five unanswered goals over the second and third quarter to give them the 8-3 lead with 8:58 to go in the third quarter.

The Golden Flyers were able to cut into the deficit, scoring three unanswered to make it 8-6 with 1:36 left in the third. Cafolla extended the lead back to three as he scored with :01 to go in the third. The Saxons managed to keep a four-goal lead for the remainder of the game.

Alfred was led defensively by Weber as he had a team-high five ground balls with Lynch and sophomore Garrette Briggs (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) chipping in four ground balls each. Gavigan had three caused turnovers while Cafolla had two.

"We played like we practiced all week long," Head Coach Jason Lockner said. "We told the guys they have the opportunity to snap a 21-year streak and they took to the challenge. We played well on all facets of the game. Shane [Weber] was outstanding on defense and in transition. Cale [Donegan] played like a veteran while Ben [Cafolla] had his best game to date!"

Senior goalkeeper Drew Gardner (Whitney Point, NY/Whitney Point) went the distance between the pipes, making eight saves.

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