March 8, 2014

No. 15 Ithaca Escapes Clutches of Ursinus

from press release

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The 13th-ranked Ithaca College men's lacrosse team (3-1) edged host Ursinus (2-1), 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Patterson Field.

Ithaca erased a two-goal deficit at intermission, scoring three goals in the third to outscore the Bears 4-1 in the second half. Senior Ryan Burns (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) netted the game-winner with a man-up goal with 2:19 lingering in the game. It was the lone score of the fourth period.

Ursinus jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first, and led 2-1 entering the second. The Bears again outscored Ithaca, 2-1, for a 4-2 advantage at the half. Ithaca powered to a 5-4 lead in the third with three straight goals, but Ursinus deadlocked action at 5-all with 2:23 left in the quarter. Over 15 scoreless minutes ticked off the clock before Burns' game-winner. Ithaca outshot Ursinus 45-29 for the game and 12-6 in the final frame.

The Bombers held a 34-26 advantage in ground balls. The teams split faceoff wins down the middle, 7-7.

Junior James Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) led the Bombers with four points on two goals and two assists. Senior Pat Slawta (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) chipped in two scores and an assist. Sophomore Michael Walker (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) also netted a goal for IC.

Junior Jimmy Ryan (Chevy Chase, Md./The Hill School) collected seven ground balls throughout the game and forced three turnovers. Senior Brandon Henne (Port Washington, N.Y./Port Washington) was 6-for-11 in faceoff opportunities.

Sophomore Scott Sidnam (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) improved to 3-1 in goal with 11 stops.

The Bombers travel to Tampa, Fla. for a neutral-site game against St. Lawrence, March 12 at 7 p.m.


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