Ithaca vs. Cortland State
April 7, 2004
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. - Sophomore Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) scored three straight goals to break a 4-4 tie and fourth-ranked Cortland (7-1) went on to defeat seventh-ranked and previously unbeaten Ithaca, 10-6, in a matchup of ranked Division III squads.

Lambert finished with three goals, senior Drew Hyatt (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWItt) had two goals and two assists and junior Adam Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) and senior Michael Bryant (Hamburg/Frontier Central) each scored twice. Bryant's goals were his first two of the season. Sophomore Bryan Scipione (East Meadow) made nine saves and is now 5-0 this season.

Sean Thomson (Malvern, PA/Great Valley) led Ithaca (8-1) with two goals and Matt Casey (Syracuse/Corcoran) added a goal and an assist. Dennis Butler (Pleasantville) recorded 10 saves.

Ithaca led 2-1 after one period on goals by Brett Huckle (Ithaca) and Jeff Slack (Massena/Bridgton Academy), sandwiched around a Hughes extra-man goal. The Bombers increased their lead to 3-1 on Doug Lumb's (Auburn) tally 1:33 into the second quarter. Cortland, however, responded with three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. Bryant scored at the 10:05 mark of the period, followed by Hyatt at 7:41 and freshman Blake Gale (LaFayette) at 5:20. Ithaca scored seven seconds later when Josh Marksberry (Port Jefferson Station/Comsewogue) won the faceoff and quickly fed Thomson for a goal.

Lambert broke the 4-4 tie with an unassisted goal 4:50 before halftime. He scored again, this time off a feed from senior Andrew Roth (Ridgewood, NJ/Don Bosco Prep), with 11:55 left in the third quarter and converted a Matt O'Connell (Camillus/West Genesee) assist with 10:16 remaining in the quarter. Bryant's second goal of the game, assisted by Hyatt, gave the Red Dragons an 8-4 lead with 8:32 left.

The teams traded goals to finish the period. Thomson's goal with 13:41 remaining in the game drew Ithaca within 9-6, but neither team scored again until Hughes connected off a Hyatt assist with 30 seconds on the clock.