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Ithaca knocks off Saxons in Empire 8 men’s lacrosse action
4/04/12

ALFRED, NY - The Alfred University men’s lacrosse team dropped an 11-2 decision to Ithaca College Wednesday afternoon in an Empire 8 Conference matchup at Merrill Field.

Ithaca (6-3, 1-0 Empire 8) scored the game’s first five goals before the Saxons got on the board on a goal from senior midfielder Jay Whyel (Markleysburg, PA/Mercersburg Academy), assisted by sophomore midfielder Ben Demarco (Jamestown, NY/Jamestown (Mars Hill)).

The Bombers took a 7-1 lead into the half before AU senior attackman Stefan Dabkowski (Latham, NY/Latham-Shaker (SUNY Delhi)) tallied an unassisted man-up goal 3:26 into the third period to make it 7-2. The Saxons (3-7, 0-2 Empire 8) would get no closer as Ithaca netted the game’s final four goals.

Jake Long, Devin Weinshank and Billy LaPerch each scored two goals for Ithaca, while Pat Slawta added a goal and two assists.

The teams were evenly matched statistically through the first three quarters, with AU outshooting the Bombers 19-17 and Ithaca holding a 16-15 advantage in groundballs entering the fourth period. For the game, Ithaca outshot Alfred 30-22 and had 27 groundballs to 21 for the Saxons. Each team won eight of 16 face-offs. Ithaca was a perfect 19-of-19 on clear attempts and had only nine turnovers to 17 for Alfred.

Freshman Cody O’Connor (Whitney Point, NY/Whitney Point) started in goal for Alfred and made four saves while allowing nine goals in just under 40 minutes of action. Sophomore Tyler Beyor (Carthage, NY/Carthage (Regis)) played the rest of the way in net and made four saves while allowing two goals. Brendan Green went the distance in goal for Ithaca and made seven saves.

Senior midfielder Brendan Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon-St. Jude) had a team-best five groundballs for AU. Murphy and Whyel each had two caused turnovers and junior midfielder Matt Zon (Tonawanda, NY/Sweet Home) was five-of-nine on face-offs. Adam Wacenske led Ithaca with four groundballs and a game-high three caused turnovers.

Alfred is in action next on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at home against Utica.