March 21, 2009

Gal, No. 5 Bombers Stump No. 2 Cortland

from press releases

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Sophomore goalie David Gal (Amherst, MA/Loomis Chaffee (CT)) made a career-high 22 saves as the nationally fifth-ranked Ithaca men's lacrosse team defeated second-ranked Cortland, 11-8, Saturday afternnon in a game it never trailed. The Red Dragons suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 4-1, while the Bombers, who have beaten Cortland two consecutive times in the regular season, improved to 6-0.

Freshman Greg Wright (Irondequoit) led Cortland with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Jay DiStefano (Huntington/Harborfields) had a goal and two assists. Seniors Conor Duffy (Vestal) and  Joey Morgan (Putnam Valley) and juniors Brian Krol (Niskayuna) and Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford) chipped in with one goal each and freshman Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) added a pair of assists.

Senior goalie Matt Hipenbecker (Mountain Lakes, NJ) made six saves in 58 minutes, 56 seconds of action before giving way to senior Mike Robinson (Alexandria, VA/Thomas Edison), who did not stop a shot over the final 1:04.

Freshman Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon, NJ) scored a career-best three goals to lead the Bombers, and junior Nic Heckman (Sparta, NJ) had two goals and an assist. Seniors Kevin Bush (St. George Island, FL/Arapahoe (CO)) and Chris Carman (Alamo, CA/Monte Vista) had two goals each, senior Alec Siefert (Duxbury, MA) contributed a goal and two assists and senior Matt Cutter (Needham, MA) picked up two assists.

The Bombers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the opening quarter on a goal from Carman, back-to-back scores by Mongelli and a goal from Heckman. Wright stopped the run off an assist from DiStefano at the 1:39 mark.

Cortland pulled to within 4-3 at the half as Wright netted his second of the game at 14:29 of the second and added his third on an unassisted effort at 5:44. The Red Dragons pulled even as DiStefano collected his second assist when he set up Duffy's score at 13:25 of the third quarter, Ithaca, however, outscored Cortland, 5-1, the remainder of the quarter and held a 9-5 lead with 15 minutes to play.

Krol made it a 9-6 game just 19 seconds into the fourth quarter when he collected a pass from senior Cody Hoyt (Babylon), who was checked hard on the play, and beat Gal from the right side. The Bombers answered with the next two goals -- Carman at 6:53 and Siefert at 2:49 -- to take control of the game. Morgan netted a man-up goal at 1:40 and DiStefano scored in front at 36 seconds to complete the scoring.

Cortland won 13-of-22 faceoffs, outshot the Bombers, 55-27, and held a 35-32 advantage in ground balls.

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