Ithaca knocks off St. John Fisher
Three Bombers combine for nine goals vs. No. 12 Cardinals
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Three Bombers tallied hat tricks to lead No. 25 Ithaca past No. 12 St. John Fisher 11-8 in its Empire 8 opener on Wednesday at Higgins Stadium.
The Bombers (5-1, 1-0 Empire 8), who improved their all-time series record against the Cardinals (7-1, 0-1 Empire 8) to 14-1, jumped out to a commanding 7-1 lead before taking a five-goal advantage into intermission. The Cardinals opened the second half with a pair of scores, but Ithaca answered to make it 8-4 with 19 minutes of play remaining in the game.
St. John Fisher again managed back-to-back goals before Ithaca rattled off three consecutive to put the game out of reach. The Cardinals claimed two scores in the final minute of action to finalize the scoring.
Sophomore Andrew Bruce set a career high and seniors Jay Lucas and Michael Silipo tied career-best performances as each netted a trio of goals for the Bombers. Lucas also dished out a game-best two assists, while junior Devin Weinshank chipped in a goal and an assist.
Senior David Gal recorded his third consecutive win in goal for the Bombers, and fifth of the season, as he turned away 10 Cardinal shots. He also collected a game-best seven ground balls, while sophomore Marc Roberts forced a game- and career-high four turnovers.
Silipo went unassisted on back-to-back goals in the first stint to open all scoring before St. John Fisher brought the game to 2-1 with 58 seconds left in the period.
Bruce kicked-off a flurry of Ithaca goals at 14:08 in the second, before Lucas went unassisted at 11:56. Senior Ryan Lowe then bounced a shot into the inside of the crossbar to make it a 5-1 game. Lucas again capitalized on the Cardinal defense, driving left for the Bombers’ fourth consecutive, before freshman Jake Long fed Silipo for a man-up goal at 8:26 to solidify a 7-1 Ithaca gap.
St. John Fisher scored three consecutive, one to end the half at 7-2, before opening the third stanza with a duo of goals. Ithaca netted just one of the third period’s five scores when Lucas went unassisted at the four-minute mark.
With an 8-6 edge entering the final frame, Ithaca scored three back to back for an 11-6 lead. Lucas fed Bruce at 13:00 and Weinshank at 8:27, before Weinshank found Bruce for a score at 7:11. The Bombers held St. John Fisher scoreless during the next six minutes before the visitors tallied two late goals for an 11-8 final.
Ithaca, which narrowly outshot St. John Fisher 33-29, has defeated three of its last four nationally ranked opponents dating back to 2010.