No. 11 Stevens Defuses the Bombers

The Ducks doubled up Ithaca in shots, 41-20, and caused 15 turnovers. The Bombers did not eclipse double-digit shots in the game until the seven-minute mark in the third quarter.

Stevens converted on 31 of 34 clears, while Ithaca was successful on 19 of 26.

Both teams will square off again on May 1 in the Empire 8 Semifinals in Hoboken at 4:00 p.m. Top-seeded Nazareth will host Utica in Rochester in the other semifinal. If Nazareth wins, the Stevens/Ithaca winner will head up to Rochester for the title game. If Utica prevails, the Ducks or Bombers will host the championship showdown on May 4.

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HOBOKEN, N.J. Ithaca (11-5, 5-2 Empire 8) scored three fourth-quarter goals, but its run fell short, as the Bombers fell to 11th-ranked Stevens (12-3, 6-1 Empire 8) 11-4 Saturday afternoon. The third-seeded Bombers will travel to face the second-seeded Ducks Wednesday evening in an Empire 8 semifinal contest.

Stevens shutout Ithaca, 6-0, scoring three in each of the first two periods. The Bombers netted the first of the second half, but the Ducks went on to secure a 9-1 lead with 7:36 lingering in the fourth quarter. Ithaca tallied three of the final five goals.

Senior Connor Lowe (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), junior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington), sophomore Dan Sclafani (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and freshman Duncan Ayer (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) accounted for Ithaca's four scores. Senior Adam Wacenske (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) was credited with one assist.

Henne won seven faceoffs and rookie Shane Stickle (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) added three. Henne had a Bomber-best five ground balls and sophomore Jimmy Ryan (Chevy Chase, Md./The Hill School) collected four. Defensively, five players forced two turnovers apiece.

Rookie Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made 14 saves in 55:12 in cage, while senior Andrew Landsman (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) stopped two during the final 4:48 of action.

The Ducks outshot Ithaca, 41-20, and held a 37-32 edge in ground balls, while the Bombers owned the faceoff advantage, 10-9.

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2013-04-27



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