#20 Ithaca Dominates Hartwick in Empire 8 Play

ITHACA, N .Y. The 20th-ranked Ithaca College men's lacrosse team (10-4, 4-1 Empire 8) dominated visiting Hartwick (5-7, 1-4 Empire 8) 15-5 Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Ithaca rattled off nine unanswered first-half goals before improving to 10-0 early in the third. Ithaca narrowly outscored the Hawks, 6-5, in the second half to win its 10th straight over Hartwick.

Junior Ryan Burns (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) tallied a career- and game-high four goals, while classmate Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) added a hat trick and sophomores Steve Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored two each.

Junior Joe Perkins (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) dished out two assists and scored once and junior Jake Long (Ft. Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) had one goal and one assist. Junior Casey Schattner (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) and sophomore Dan Sclafani (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) accounted for Ithaca's other two goals.

Danylyshyn had a career-high seven ground balls and freshman Eli Gobrecht (Dryden, N.Y./Ithaca) scooped up six. Junior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) matched a career-best performance with 12 faceoffs to pace the Bombers.

Freshman Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made 10 stops in goal for the win, while senior Andrew Landsman (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) had two in the final 10 minutes of play.

Ithaca held a 44-34 margin in shots and a 48-33 advantage in ground balls. The Bombers owned a 12-11 edge in faceoffs.

The Bombers will play their final regular-season home game Wendesday, April 24 hosting Elmira at 4:00 p.m.

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ITHACA, NY- Ithaca powered its way to a 9-0 first half lead as it defeated Hartwick 15-5 on Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium. The Hawks drop to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the Empire 8. The Bombers, who are ranked #20 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, improve to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the E8.

For the second straight game, Mike Vaglica (Newton, MA/Newton North) led the Hawks in goals with three and added one assist for a total of four points on the afternoon. Roy Simmons (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) and Jake Cooper (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) both contributed one score each.

Carl Lengel (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) stopped 15 shots in goal for Hartwick. His total is the second-highest in a game this season. Lengel also had a season-high six ground balls.

The Bombers led 4-0 after the first quarter of play. They would tack on five more scores in the second quarter to go up 9-0 at halftime.

The IC lead increased to 10-0 at 10:28 of the third quarter on a man-up goal by Steve Danylyshyn. 'Wick would finally get on the scoreboard when Vaglica dished off to Simmons to make it a 10-1 game at 8:53. After the Bombers answered with a score, Vaglica would get his first goal of the game at 5:09 and the score stood at 11-2 in favor of the home team.

Ithaca ended the third quarter on a 3-1 run to go ahead 14-3. The lone Hartwick score came from Vaglica with 10 seconds remaining in the period.

Hartwick outscored the Bombers 2-1 in the final frame. Cooper scored off a Simmons pass at 10:28 and after IC's Danylyshyn scored his second goal of the afternoon, Vaglica completed the hat trick with 3:25 remaining to play to end the scoring for the day.

Ryan Burns led the Bombers with four goals. Pat Slawta contributed three goals. Danylyshyn and James Manilla both tacked on two scores. Joe Perkins, Jake Long, Dan Sclafani, and Casey Schattner all scored once.

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