March 21, 2012

Ithaca Stays Perfect; Beats Oneonta

from press release

– The 18th-ranked Ithaca men's lacrosse team (5-0) defeated host Oneonta (1-4), 13-11, on Wednesday afternoon. The Bombers are off to their best start since the 2009 season when they won their first nine contests.

The Bombers posted a 7-4 lead at the half before powering to a 12-6 advantage at the end of the third, but the Red Dragons outdid the Bombers in the final frame, 5-1, to make a game of it down the stretch.

Senior Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) led the Bombers with four tallies, while junior Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle) and senior Devin Weinshank (Long Beach/Long Beach) each netted hat tricks. Sophomore Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) added a pair of scores and classmate Casey Schattner (Syracuse/West Genesee) chipped in one. In addition to his team-high seven faceoff wins, senior Brian DiBetta (Katonah/John Jay) dished out a game-best three assists and freshman James Manilla (Fairport/Fairport) added two. Junior Adam Wacenske (Rochester/Gates-Chili) and Weinshank each collected three ground balls.

Senior goalie Brendan Green (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon) remained perfect in goal making 16 stops. He also scooped up a game-best four ground balls.

The Red Dragons outshot Ithaca, 46-29, and won 18 faceoffs to the Bombers' nine. Ithaca held a 25-20 advantage in ground balls.

Oneonta opened all scoring at 13:12 of the first on a man-up goal. Bruce answered before Oneonta claimed its last lead of the game, 2-1, at 10:15. Ithaca pieced together three straight scores to close out the first period with a 4-2 edge.

Ithaca bridged its scoring streak into the second with three additional goals, powering to a 7-2 gap at 8:48. Oneonta tallied twice in the final 1:30 of the half to reduce its deficit to 7-4 at the break.

The Bombers outscored the Red Dragons, 5-2, in the third to lead 12-6 at the end of the third stanza. Ithaca scored three straight to open the second half before the teams twice exchanged goals, including Mongelli's fourth as time expired.

Oneonta recorded four unanswered to open the final frame to pull within 12-10, but a Weinshank socre on a Billy LaPerch (Katonah/John Jay-Cross River) feed implemented a three-goal lead at 7:43. Oneonta finalized all scoring, 13-11, at 1:18.

The Bombers will next host third-ranked Cortland on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

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