Fifth-Ranked RIT Defuses the No. 17 Bombers to Go 10-2

ITHACA, N.Y. 17th-ranked Ithaca (7-4) suffered a 13-6 setback to visiting fifth-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology (10-2) Wednesday at Higgins Stadium.

The Bombers, who were held to a season-low six scores, worked their way into an 8-2 deficit at the half. Ithaca went on to outscore the Tigers, 3-2, in the third before RIT put away the game with a 3-1 fourth-period. The game was delayed late in the fourth due to fog, but resumed promptly.

Senior Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle) netted the game's first before the Tigers tallied eight straight to gain control of the game. Sophomore James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored his first of two at 4:35 to bring the game to 8-2 at the half.

The Tigers took a 10-2 gap to open the third, but three unanswered pulled Ithaca within 10-5 entering the fourth. Manilla secured his second before junior Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) went unassisted. One minute later Bruce scored on a Ryan Burns (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) assist.

Burns fed junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) at 7:10 of the fourth to break up a trio of Tiger scores that closed out the game.

Junior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) won a career-high 12 faceoffs. Senior Adam Wacenske (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) had a career- and game-best six ground balls in addition to a game-high three caused turnovers.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made 12 stops in goal for the Blue & Gold.

RIT owned the shot count, 44-35, and held a 42-28 margin in ground balls. Ithaca won 13 faceoffs to the Tigers' 10.

The Bombers return to Empire 8 action on Friday, April 12 hosting St. John Fisher at 7:00 p.m.


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