No. 9 RIT Defuses the Bombers to Move to 7-2

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Tigers defense was stifling on Wednesday, holding Ithaca (7-4) to four goals, inlcuding one in the first half, as No. 9 RIT (7-2) defeated Ithaca, 12-4, in non-conference action from RIT Field. The win improves RIT to 8-2 on the season, while Ithaca falls to 7-4. The four goals allowed by RIT was the fewest goals allowed this season.

"We played great team defense today," said RIT Head Coach Jake Coon. "We communicated very well on the defensive end and stayed patient on our match-ups."

Senior Tyler Russell (Livonia, NY/Livonia) scored three goals, tallying his 100th career goal to pace the Tigers. His goal at 14:15 of the second quarter gave him 100 for his career, becmoing the 17th player in program history to reach the century mark in career goals.

Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) led RIT with five points on three goals and two assists, while Tom Riley (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) and Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown, Ontario/Trinity-Pawling) each scored a pair of goals. Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) dished out three assists for the Tigers.

RIT held a 39-23 shot advantage and won the groundball battle 22-14. The Tigers went 1 for 1 on man-up, while Ithaca went 1 for 2. The Tigers dominated face-offs, winning 13 of 19. P.J. Hart (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) won 10 of 11, while Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) went 3 for 7.

Sophomore Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) picked up his seventh win of the season, allowing four goals and making nine saves. Brendan Green took the loss for Ithaca, making 10 saves.

Jake Long had three points on two goals and an assist for Ithaca, while Pat Slawta added a goal and an assist.

Ithaca opened the game on Tom Mongelli's 23rd goal of the season at the 11:06 mark of the opening quarter. The Tigers took control from there, scoring two straight to end the first quarter, and two straight to start the second, taking a 4-1 lead on Riley's ninth goal of the season.

After a Jake Long goal cut the RIT lead to 4-2 to start the second half, the Tigers broke the game open, rattling off four straight to end the third quarter, increasing their lead to 8-2. Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf), A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope) MacDonald and Collins-Hartwig each scored for RIT in the third quarter.

Goals by Collins-Hartwig, Russell and MacDonald in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for the Bombers.

The win on Wednesday was the fourth straight over Ithaca for RIT. The last loss came back in 2010.

RIT returns to Liberty League action on Saturday, April 14 when the Tigers travel to Poughkeepsie, New York to take on Vassar College at 12:00 p.m..

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ITHACA, N.Y. Ithaca College (7-4) suffered a 12-4 setback at ninth-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology (8-2) on Wednesday afternoon.

Despite a three-goal game at the half, 4-1, the Bombers gave up four scores to the Tigers in each of the final two periods.

Sophomore Jacob Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) tallied a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Bombers' offensive efforts. Classmate Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and senior Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) each added scores. Freshman Matt Greenblatt (North Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) claimed four of Ithaca's six faceoff victories.

Defensively, senior Will Kraus (Skaneateles/Skaneateles/Salisbury School) forced a pair of turnovers for the Bombers and senior Brendan Green (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon) stopped 10 shots in goal.

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