Hartwick Bombed at Ithaca in Empire 8 Battle

ITHACA, NY Hartwick's men's lax team outshot Ithaca 33-31 on Saturday, but the Hawks only found the net three times, as the Bombers won by a 15-3 margin. Hartwick falls to 7-8 overall and 2-5 in the Empire 8. Ithaca improves to 8-6 and 4-2.

Sophomore Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East) scored all three of Hartwick's goals. Phil Schaefer (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North) contributed one assist.

The Hawks connected on only three of their 33 shots on the day for a percentage of 9%. The Bombers, on the other hand, tallied 15 times on 31 shots (48%). IC held a slim 28-27 edge in ground balls and controlled the draw throughout the day winning 17 of 22 face-offs.

After close to six minutes of scoreless action to start the game, the Bombers grabbed the lead as Mike Silipo scored the first of his four first-half goals. Ithaca would add three more tallies in the first period for a 4-0 edge after one quarter.

Silipo extended the advantage to five early in the second, but back-to-back scores from Hughes less than a minute apart cut the deficit to three, 5-2. The Hawks would get no closer, though, as the hosts would score the game's next 10 goals. The Bombers led 9-2 at the half and 12-2 after three quarters.

The Hawks doubled up the Bombers in shots in the second half, 20-10. Hughes would be the only player to tally, however, closing out the day's scoring with six minutes to play.

Silipo finished the game with five goals for Ithaca. Jake Long and Ryan Burns scored twice and Devin Weinshank added a goal and three assists. Goalkeeper David Gal stopped 10 'Wick shots in 52 minutes. Luke Robinson made three saves in the final eight minutes.

Schaefer registered a team-high four ground balls for Hartwick. Brandon Murtha (West Islip, NY/West Islip) and Tim Antos (Marcellus, NY/Onondaga) each added three. Antos also caused a game- and career-high five Ithaca turnovers.

Andrew Kristy secured six ground balls for Ithaca. Brian DiBetta grabbed four ground balls won 15 of 17 draws in the game.

Hartwick College will wrap up the regular season next Saturday, April 30 at home against Alfred. The Hawks and Saxons will play at 1:00 p.m. in the final Empire 8 game of the season for both clubs.


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