No. 14 Cabrini Scores Final Three for Victory at No. 15 Ithaca

ITHACA, N.Y. 15th-ranked Ithaca (6-2) allowed five fourth-period goals by 14th-ranked Cabrini (5-3), and the Cavaliers powered to a 10-8 victory Friday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Despite netting the first goal of the game, Ithaca trailed 3-1 after the first period. The Bombers answered with three of four goals in the second stint for a 4-4 deadlock at half. Ithaca continued to dominate in the third, netting another three to Cabrini's one for a 7-5 lead entering the fourth.

The Cavaliers tallied twice to knot action at 7-7, but junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) went unassisted in giving the Bombers an 8-7 lead at 9:32. Cabrini, who outshot Ithaca 9-5 in the final quarter, scored three in the final 6:15 of play to earn the road win.

Sophomore James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) had a hat trick for the third time in his career and added an assist to lead the Bombers with four points. Long added a pair of scores and dished out one assist, while junior Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) had one score and one assist.

Junior Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) and freshman Michael Walker (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) netted one goal each and junior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) served up his first career assist.

Henne tallied seven faceoff wins and five ground balls both career highs. Senior Adam Wacenske (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) had a game-best six ground balls and junior Andrew Kristy (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) a game-high three caused turnovers.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee), who made 11 saves, suffered the loss in goal.

Cabrini led the shot count, 37-31, and held an 11-10 edge in faceoffs, while the Bombers collected 36 ground balls to the Cavaliers' 35.

The Bombers return to action on Wednesday, April 3 hosting Alfred in its Empire 8 opener.


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