April 4, 2009

RIT Bites Ithaca for Second Straight Year

from press releases

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The RIT men's lacrosse team defeated Empire 8 rival and previously undefeated Ithaca College 10-7 on a snowy, windy afternoon on RIT's Turf Field. The Tigers never trailed in the contest as they handed the third-ranked Bomers its first loss of the season.

RIT out shot Ithaca 38-27 and ground balls were even at 33 apiece. The Bombers won 14-of-20 face-offs but turned the ball over 32 times. The Tigers caused 23 of Ithaca's 32 turnovers. The Tigers cleared the ball 21-of-27 times, while Ithaca went 14-of-25 on clearing attempts.

Chris Cherami (Olwick, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) had three goals to lead RIT. All three of his goals came in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter in a tight game. Iric Bressler (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) had a goal and two assists and Adam Vlassis (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa), Kelso Davis (Freeport, ME/Deerfield Academy), Adam Lehmann (Rochester, NY/McQuaid), Sean Gillies (Oakville, ON/Albany Academy) and Billy Walton (Syracuse, NY/Nottingham) each had a goal.

Dan MacRae (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) had three ground balls and caused five turnovers for the Tigers. M.J. Kiekebelt (Caledon, ON/St. Andrews College/Aurora) had one ground ball and caused four turnovers. Robert Tonnessen (Ridgefield, CT) picked up his first win of the season, allowing seven goals and making 11 saves.

Kevin Bush led Ithaca with two goals and an assist. Tom Mongelli had a pair of goals as Ithaca was held to their lowest goal output of the season.

RIT took a 1-0 lead 2:23 into the first quarter on an unassisted goal by Sean Gillies. He grabbed a loose ball off a shot and beat Ithaca goalie David Gal with a low shot.

Iric Bressler took a pass from Tom Riley (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) and beat Gal at 6:29 of the first quarter, giving RIT a 2-0 lead.

Tom Mongelli closed out the scoring in the first quarter, pulling Ithaca to within a goal, scoring on an assist from Mike Silipo.

Billy Walton gave RIT a 3-1 lead 3:50 into the second quarter when he snuck a shot in between Gal's leg and the post.

Adam Lehmann won the ensuing face-off, grabbed the ground ball, lowered his shoulder, drove to the net and gave the Tigers their a 4-1 lead just 10 seconds after Walton's goal.

Matt Cutter stopped the RIT run with a goal on an assist from Kevin Bush, to cut RIT's lead to 4-2.

Iric Bressler answered right back for RIT at 6:22 of the second quarter giving the Tigers a three-goal lead.

Kelso Davis scored with 7:45 to play in the half on an assist from Vlassis, increasing RIT's lead to 6-2, the Tigers largest of the game.

Kevin Bush scored with 2:26 to play in the half, cutting RIT's lead down to 6-3 at the half.

Alec Siefert and Nic Heckman scored consecutive goals for the Bombers to open scoring in the third quarter, cutting RIT's lead down to 6-5.

Bressler spotted an open Vlassis and fed a nice cross-crease pass that Vlassis put home for a 7-5 Tigers lead.

Tom Mongelli made it 7-6 5:18 into the fourth quarter on an assist from Chris Carman.

Chris Cherami stepped up and scored the first of his three goals with 6:49 to play giving RIT an 8-6 lead.

After a Kevin Bush goal made it 8-7, Cherami struck again. With Ithaca out trying to take the ball away, Cherami used his speed, ran around the Ithaca zone twice causing Ithaca to chase. He saw an opening, drove to the cage and scored, making it 9-7 Tigers.

He closed out the scoring and wrapped up the win for RIT with 52 seconds remaining, scoring RIT's only man-up goal of the contest makig it a 10-7 final.

The win over Ithaca was the second year in a row the Tigers have won the regular season meeting between the two rivals.

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