Oneonta State vs. Ithaca
March 17, 2004
The Game Story:
The Ithaca College Bombers showed Oneonta State today why they are the sixth ranked team in Div. III picking up a 10-5 win in snowy, icy conditions. Costly turnovers by Oneonta (1-2) and a tremendous transition game for Ithaca (5-0) turned a 4-3 halftime deficit into a run away win. Ithaca junior attackman Brian Weil (Amherst, NY/Amherst) scored four goals and assisted on four others in leading the way this afternoon for the Bombers.

The game was tied 5-5 after three quarters before the Bombers took advantage of mistakes by Oneonta to take command of the game in the fourth quarter. The deciding goal came at the 11:31 mark of the fourth when an Oneonta turnover in its own end led to an empty net goal by Weil. On a clearing attempt by the Red Dragons the player with the ball turned back and slipped forcing the ball to roll loose where Weil picked it up and walked in all alone. A goal three minutes later by junior Jeff Slack (Massena, NY/Bridgton Academy) seemed to put the nail in the coffin as Oneonta never recovered.

Oneonta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of goals by senior Dan Bakke (Floral Park, NY/Floral Park) that came 34 seconds apart. His first goal came unassisted off of a shot he created himself after coming from behind the goal. The second came on a low shot from the left side of the cage after receiving a pass from junior Ben Blaisdell (Exeter, NH/Exeter). The Bombers cut the lead in half at the 5:37 mark on Weil's first goal of the game. He took a pass from classmate Sean Thomson (Malvern, PA/Great Valley) and one-timed it past Oneonta goalie Mike Louer (Islip, NY/Islip).

Oneonta increased its lead to 4-1 with five minutes remaining in the second quarter before Ithaca scored two late goals to cut the lead to 4-3 entering halftime. Senior Arie Claflin (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) and sophomore Keith Horn (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) registered goals for Oneonta while senior Scott Guerra (Liverpool, NY/CNS) and junior Brett Huckle (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) tallied for the Bombers.

In the third quarter Oneonta scored first at 13:25, but it would be the last time they would find the back of the net the rest of the way. Thomson would score to cut Oneonta's lead to one at 5-4 before Weil tied the game with 2:12 left in the quarter.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Oneonta as its next opponent is RIT on Saturday on the road beginning at 1:00 p.m.