#18 Bombers Capture Win vs. Oneonta to Remain Unbeaten

ITHACA, N.Y. 18th-ranked Ithaca (5-0) remained undefeated with a 14-4 victory over visiting Oneonta (1-5) Wednesday afternoon at Higgins Stadium. The contest served as Ithaca's 2013 home opener.

The teams exchanged goals to open action, but Ithaca rattled off three straight for a 4-1 gap at halftime. The Bombers added a pair of scores in the third and the Red Dragons closed out the quarter with one of their own to pull within 6-2. The final frame featured 10 goals. Ithaca put up two before Oneonta netted a pair in less than 30 seconds to bring the game to 8-4. Ithaca powered to victory with six unanswered to close out the game.

Junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) tallied a career-high five scores to lead Ithaca. Classmate Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) recorded three points on two goals and one assist. Junior Ryan Burns (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) had a career- and game-high three assists in addition to one goal, while freshman Michael Walker (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) earned a trio of points with his first collegiate goal and two assists. Senior Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle), sophomore Dan Sclafani (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and freshman Duncan Ayer (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) had one score and one assist apiece.

Sophomore faceoff specialist Matt Greenblatt (North Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) won eight for the Bombers. The teams split faceoffs, both going 11 for 22.

Defensively, sophomore Jimmy Ryan (Chevy Chase, Md./The Hill School) had a career day with game-best numbers of six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) improved to 5-0 in goal matching a career-best with 11 stops.

Ithaca, who improved to 11-2 all-time against the Red Dragons, owned a 30-22 gap in shots and a 38-26 advantage in ground balls.

The Bombers return to action on Friday, March 22 at top-ranked Cortland. Please note that the game has been moved up from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2013-03-20



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