No. 25 Ithaca opens season with win
Lucas and Lowe lead Bombers with two goals apiece
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – No. 25 Ithaca opened its 2011 campaign with a convincing 11-5 road victory at Lycoming on Thursday afternoon at the Shangraw Complex.
The Bombers (1-0) built a solid 4-1 advantage in the first period before adding to it for a 7-1 lead at the half. The Warriors (1-3) held Ithaca scoreless in the third frame and brought the game to 7-4 with 10:46 remaining in the contest, but Ithaca answered with four of the next five scores to finalize the game at 11-5.
Five Bombers notched two goals each. Seniors Jay Lucas and Ryan Lowe each tallied four points on two scores and a pair of assists. Three Ithaca players collected four ground balls apiece to lead the squad while sophomore Marc Roberts forced a team-best two turnovers.
Senior Michael Silipo used a Lucas feed for the game’s first goal just 2:15 into action. Lucas backed it with one of his own at the eight-minute mark before Lycoming got on the board at 6:16. Silipo netted his second score and Lowe his first on assists from junior Tom Mongelli to lead 4-1 after the first frame.
Freshman Jake Long used a pass from classmate Pat Slawta to notch his first career goal and open scoring in the second period at 10:05. Mongelli made it a 6-1 game on a Lowe assist before Lucas closed out the half with a man-up goal on a feed from Long.
The Warriors fought back within three points with a trio of goals while holding Ithaca scoreless for 20 minutes of play. The Bombers regrouped as they pieced together two scores in less than a minute to put the game out of reach for the host squad.
Mongelli capitalized on a feed from junior Devin Weinshank before Weinshank scored on a Lowe assist to make it a 9-4 game with nine minutes lingering on the clock.
Lycoming netted its last at 8:44 before Lowe and Weinshank each recorded their second goals of the game to finalize all scoring at 11-5.
Senior David Gal tallied the win in goal making 12 saves.
Ithaca led the ground balls count 36-24 and won 13 of 20 faceoffs, led by senior Roniel Bencosme, who was 9-for-9. The Bombers made good on 13 of 14 clear attempts.