Junior Class Powers Ithaca to Win at Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Ithaca (4-0) remained perfect on the season with an 8-2 victory at Christopher Newport (4-3) on Thursday evening at Captains Turf Field.

A scoreless quarter opened the game, before Ithaca rattled off three straight in the second for a 3-0 gap at intermission. The Bombers took a 4-0 lead, but CNU tallied two of the next three to cut within 5-2 entering the fourth. Ithaca netted a trio in the final frame to finalize all scoring at 8-2.

Junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) posted a hat trick to lead the Bomber offense. Classmate Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) added two and one assist and junior Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) tallied one goal and one assist. Juniors Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) and Ryan Burns (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) each recorded one goal for the Blue & Gold.

Defensively, senior Adam Wacenske (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) forced a game-high four turnovers and joined sophomore Jimmy Ryan (Chevy Chase, Md./The Hill School) in scooping up a Bomber-best four ground balls apiece.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made a career-best 11 stops in goal, while improving to 4-0 on the season and holding the Captains to their fewest goals since a 10-2 loss to Goucher on March 26, 2011.

Ithaca held a 42-28 advantage in shots and a 28-23 margin in ground balls, while the Captains owned the face off category, 9-5.

The Bombers return to action on Wednesday, March 20 when they host Oneonta at 4:00 p.m. in their 2013 home opener at Higgins Stadium.


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