Ithaca vs. Nazareth
April 17, 2010
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Ithaca men's lacrosse team rallied from a pair of four-goal deficits to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but fell 8-7 to 10th-ranked Nazareth Saturday at Upper Terrace Field. Ithaca's defense held Nazareth scoreless for the game's first 17 minutes, 21 seconds and allowed just one goal over the final 18 minutes of play. The Bombers (3-9, 1-3 Empire 8) forced 20 Nazareth (10-2, 5-0 Empire 8) turnovers and held the Golden Flyers more than five goals below their season scoring average.

Ithaca built a 2-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals from junior midfielder Ryan Lowe (Fairport/Fairport). Lowe's first came off a solid pick at the top of the restraining area from junior midfielder Jay Lucas (Fox Lane/Bedford Hills) and the second came 38 seconds into the second quarter.

Nazareth scored six straight goals to take a four-goal lead before sophomore attackman Devin Weinshank (Long Beach/Long Beach) scored midway through the third quarter to end Ithaca's drought. It was Weinshank's team-leading 19th goal of the season. Another Nazareth goal re-established a four-goal margin but the Bombers scored four straight in the third and fourth quarters to tie the game.

Freshman James Callahan (Mountain Lakes/Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and senior Nic Heckman (Sparta/Sparta, N.J.) scored in a span of 54 seconds late in the third to bring Ithaca to within two goals. Callahan's goal came on a man-up opportunity. Heckman then set up fourth-quarter tallies by sophomore Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon/Kinnelon, N.J.) and Lucas to even the score 7-7 with 5:51 to play.

The Bombers had possession with the game tied, but a good check on the crease by the Nazareth defense and a transition goal turned out to be the game-winner. Ithaca regained possession in the final minute, but a shot in the closing seconds was stopped by the Nazareth goalkeeper.

Ithaca junior goalie David Gal (Loomis Chaffee/Amherst, Mass.) made 14 saves and senior midfielder Nick Neuman (Madison West/Madison, Wis.) won eight faceoffs and had four ground balls. Long-stick midfielder Matt Molnar (Central Bucks East/Doylestown, Pa.) caused four turnovers.

The Bombers return to action Wednesday at Elmira at 4 p.m.