Messiah vs. Ithaca
March 5, 2005
The Game Story:
Senior attackmen Jono Linebaugh scored 5 goals and added 4 assists, for a game high 9 points, to lead Messiah College men’s lacrosse team to a 11-10 overtime upset of the 7th ranked Bombers from Ithaca College. Linebaugh’s final tally was the game winner just 1:36 into overtime.

The Falcons held a 10-8 lead with just under two minutes to go in the contest, before two unassisted goals from the Bombers Doug Lumb tied the game at 10-10 all, with just :17 left to go in regulation. The Falcons won the ensuing face-off and managed two shots before the end of the quarter, but could not convert in regulation.

Ithaca (0-1) would own the first possession in overtime, but the Falcon’s Chris Gilbert came up with a big save, his 12th and final of the game to gain MC the possession that they would need for the game winner. Sophomore attackmen Andrew Collins would draw a penalty on the next offensive trip down the field, setting up the Falcons with the extra man opportunity. Linebaugh would score off a pass from sophomore midfielder Peter McLean, depositing a bounce shot from about 12 yards out to give Messiah their first win on the season.

Although Linebaugh had a hand in 9 of the 11 Falcon goals, seven other Falcons put points in the book on the afternoon. Senior midfielder Ryan White scored twice, while sophomore Adam Myers had 1g,1a. Other goal scorers where Denny Erb, Nat Pierce, and Alex Finch. Sophomores Collins and McLean both added an assist each.

While Lumb had four goals for the Bombers, senior midfielder Matt Casey also registered four points on the day, with a goal and three assists. Attackmen Logan Bobzien added two goals, while Brian Weil was held to just one assist on the afternoon by the Falcon close defense. Jeff Welch (1g,1a) and Matt Pugliese (1g) had the other Ithaca goals.

Sophomore midfielder Stu Oberg won 10 of 19 face-offs in his first career start, providing MC with the narrow advantage on draws. Ground balls went to the Falcons 23-21, and MC held a slightly larger margin in shots, at 47-36. Messiah scored on 3 of their 5 man-up chances, while Ithaca went 1 for 3.

Messiah’s Gilbert had 12 saves and allowed 10 goals, while Ithaca’s Dennis Butler also recorded 12 saves, while allowing 11 goals.

Messiah (1-0, 0-0)) will travel to Orlando, Florida for their next contest and second straight Empire 8 opponent, Alfred University. The game will be played at Sylvan Lake Park, with a 4:00PM start.