Ithaca vs. New York Maritime
March 26, 2011
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon/Kinnelon, N.J.) recorded his third consecutive hat trick to lead Ithaca (4-1) past visiting Maritime (1-6), 10-4, on Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Ithaca scored the lone goal of the first period before taking a 3-1 lead at the break. The Bombers opened the second half with three consecutive for a 6-1 lead that they built on for a 10-2 gap entering the final four minutes of play. Maritime managed a pair of scores in the last 1:16 of action to finalize all scoring at 10-4.

Mongelli led all scorers with three goals and added three ground balls. Junior Devin Weinshank (Long Beach/Long Beach) recorded two goals and a pair of assists, while collecting a team-best five ground balls. Sophomore Andrew Bruce (De La Salle/Lafayette, Calif.) recorded a game- and career-best three assists for Ithaca.

One of five Bombers to notch one goal, senior Michael Silipo (Williston Northampton/Deerfield, Mass.) caused a game-high two turnovers and added three ground balls. He was joined by freshman Jake Long (Upper Dublin/Ft. Washington, Pa.), junior Brian DiBetta (John Jay/Katonah), junior Billy LaPerch (John Jay-Cross River/Katonah) and sophomore William Gurowski (Webster Thomas/Webster) with one goal.

Silipo opened all scoring in the first quarter before LaPerch made it a two-goal game at 10:15 in the second, before Maritime came within one. Ithaca then rattled off four consecutive. Mongelli used a Bruce feed with three seconds lingering in the first half to take a 3-1 advantage before intermission.

DiBetta capitalized on a Weinshank pass to open scoring in the second half at 9:44. Bruce found Long just 45 seconds later to give the Bombers a 5-1 lead before Weinshank assisted Mongelli at 6:51. Maritime recorded its second man-up goal of the game with 1:45 left in the third to make it a 6-2 game.

Ithaca responded with four unanswered goals. Bruce dished out his final assist of the day to Weinshank to close out the third quarter with a score at 1:06. Junior Chris Duncan (Regis Jesuit/Denver, Colo.) fed Mongelli, sophomore Riley Austin (Eastridge/Rochester) assisted Weinshank and Gurowski recorded an unassisted goal to take a commanding 10-2 lead with 4:12 lingering in the game.

The Privateers netted two goals in the final 1:16 of action to narrow the gap to six, 10-4.

DiBetta won 10 of 15 faceoffs for Ithaca.

Senior David Gal (Loomis Chafee (Conn.)/Amherst, Mass.) recorded the victory in goal for the Bombers. He made 10 stops in the 60 minutes of action.

Ithaca outshot Maritime, 44-26, scooped up 31 ground balls to the Privateers’ 25 and held an 11-7 faceoff edge.

The Bombers next host St. John Fisher at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March