Ithaca Stuns No. 21 St. John Fisher with One-Goal Win

Rochester, N.Y. Ithaca College (8-4, 3-0 Empire 8) tallied a 12-11 come-from-behind victory over 21st-ranked St. John Fisher (8-3, 3-1 Empire 8) to claim the top spot in the Empire 8 standings on Saturday.

The Bombers opened the game with a pair of scores before the Cardinals put five consecutive in the back of the net. Ithaca scored back-to-back goals, though St. John Fisher took a 6-4 lead into halftime.

The Cardinals opened their gap to three goals early in the third before Ithaca knotted action, 7-7, with three straight. The teams went goal for goal as the game was tied up at 8, 9 and 10, but Ithaca scored another three consecutive to seal the victory at the five-minute mark of the fourth.

Senior Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) led the Bombers with a game-best four-goal performance. Junior Connor Lowe (Fairport/Fairport) added a hat trick for the Bombers and five others recorded one goal each. Seniors Jay Lucas (Bedford Hills/Fox Lane) and Devin Weinshank (Long Beach/Long Beach) each dished out two assists.

Junior Adam Wacenske (Rochester/Gates-Chili) forced a game-high three turnovers, while freshman Matt Greenblatt (North Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) won career-highs of 13 faceoffs and seven ground balls. Senior Chris Duncan (Denver, Colo./Regis Jesuit) added four ground balls.

Senior Brendan Green (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon) recorded nine saves in cage for the win.

St. John Fisher led the shot count, 35-24, and had 32 ground balls to the Bombers' 22. The Cardinals held a slight 14-13 edge in faceoffs.

A Lowe goal opened all scoring at 11:19 of the first before freshman James Manilla (Fairport/Fairport) found Mongelli for a 2-0 Ithaca lead at 7:45. St. John Fisher bridged the first and second quarters with five straight goals to lead 5-2 at 8:37. Lowe used a Brian DiBetta (Katonah/John Jay) feed and sophomore Jacob Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) found Lucas to bring the action within one at 6:29. St. John Fisher netted the final of the second to lead, 6-4, at intermission.

The Cardinals took a 7-4 lead early in the third before sophomore Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), DiBetta and Long tallied for the Blue & Gold to tie the game for the first of four times during the contest. Lowe broke up a pair of St. John Fisher goals that ended the third.

Weinshank assisted Mongelli, St. John Fisher scored and Mongelli recorded another on a Billy LaPerch (Katonah/John Jay-Cross River) assist for a 10-10 stalemate in the fourth. Freshman Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport/Fairport) scored on a Weinshank assist before Lucas found Mongelli for the game-winner at the five-minute mark. The Cardinals managed one last score with 12 seconds lingering in the game, but it was too little too late as the Bombers knocked off the Cardinals to lead the series history, 15-1.

The Bombers will next host Utica on Wednesday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m.


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