May 1, 2009

Stunner: Nazareth Upsets No. 3 Ithaca in OT

from press releases

ITHACA, N.Y. - Nazareth's Mark DeCirce scored the game-winning goal off of an assist from Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar 3:31 into the overtime period to give the Golden Flyers (10-6) a 13-12 victory over #3 Ithaca (14-2) in the semifinals of the Empire 8 Tournament at Upper Terrace Field.

The Bombers will await news on a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament selection show will air Sunday at 10 p.m. on CBS College Sports.

Ithaca controlled possession for the first two and half minutes of overtime and had two shot attempts that missed wide. Nazareth gained possession when goalkeeper Todd Dermody backed up the second off-target Ithaca shot. Ithaca nearly forced a Nazareth turnover before the Golden Flyers regained the ball, setting up the game winner.

Ithaca rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second half to tie the game 9-9. The Bombers also trailed 12-10 late in the fourth quarter, but senior midfielder Kevin Bush (Arapahoe [Colo.]/St. George Island, Fla.) scored with 2:07 to play and the Bombers regained possession after a face-off win from junior Nick Neuman (Madison West/Madison, Wisc.). Senior attackman Matt Cutter (Needham/Needham, Mass.) knotted the score on a goal with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Neuman won yet another faceoff and Ithaca used a timeout to set up a final shot, but couldn't get one away before the horn sounded.

Cutter led Ithaca with five goals, a career-high total in goals and points. Bush and sophomore Mike Silipo (Williston Northampton/Deerfield, Mass.) each added a pair of goals. Bush also tallied three assists and junior Nic Heckman (Sparta/Sparta, N.J.) recorded a goal and two assists.

Ithaca outshot Nazareth 47-30, picked up 42 ground balls and won 20-of-29 faceoffs. Neuman led Ithaca with 10 ground balls and won 11 draws. Sophomore Matt Molnar (Central Bucks East/Doylestown, Pa.) forced five turnovers - a career-high - to lead the Ithaca defense.

Sophomore goalie David Gal (Loomis Chaffe[Conn.]/Amherst, Mass.) recorded seven saves for Ithaca.

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