Ithaca Disposes of Alfred in Bombers' E8 Opener

Alfred, N.Y. Ithaca (6-3, 1-0 Empire 8) opened its Empire 8 season with a dominant 11-2 victory at Alfred (3-7, 0-2 Empire 8) on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bombers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and led 7-1 at the half. The Saxons netted the first of the third, but Ithaca closed out the game with four consecutive to snap a three-game losing skid.

Seniors Devin Weinshank (Long Beach/Long Beach) and Billy LaPerch (Katonah/John Jay-Cross River) were joined by sophomore Jacob Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) in scoring a pair of goals each. Sophomores Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and Casey Schattner (Syracuse/West Genesee) each dished out two assists.

Junior Adam Wacenske (Rochester/Gates-Chili) scooped up a team-high four ground balls and added a game-best three caused turnovers. Freshman Matt Greenblatt (North Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) won five faceoffs and senior Brian DiBetta (Katonah/John Jay) three.

Senior Brendan Green (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon) returned to the cage after a one-game absence to record the win. He made seven stops for the Bombers.

Ithaca held a 30-22 advantage in shots and a 27-21 edge in ground balls. Each team won eight faceoffs.

Five different Bombers scored in Ithaca's opening run. Long got it all started just 1:41 into play on a Slawta assist, LaPerch added another and senior Jay Lucas (Bedford Hills/Fox Lane) used a Schattner assist to lead 3-0 at the end of the first.

Freshman Jamies Manilla and Weinshank scored back-to-back goals in the second stint for a 5-0 Ithaca gap. Alfred broke the ice at 4:23, but Schattner found Weinshank and Long went unassisted within 30 seconds of one another to take a 7-1 lead into intermission.

The Saxons struck first in the third. LaPerch and Wacenske scored before Slawta used a Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport/Fairport) dish and senior Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) capitalized on a Connor Lowe (Fairport/Fairport) pass to finalize all scoring, 11-2, in the final frame.

The Bombers will next host Nazareth at noon on Saturday, April 7.

2012-04-04



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