ROCHESTER, N.Y. (April 22, 2005) – Ithaca junior Brandon Geluso scored the game-winning goal with 2:44 to play in the second overtime Friday off a pass from Matt Casey to lift the Bombers to a 15-14 men's lacrosse victory over host Nazareth at Golden Flyer Stadium.
The victory clinches for Ithaca (7-0 E8, 9-4 overall) the regular-season Empire 8 Conference championship and gives the Bombers the top seed for next weekend's E8 Tournament. Nazareth (4-2 E8, 9-2 overall) completes its regular-season schedule Tuesday at home against Elmira and will also compete in next weekend's tournament.
Geluso's goal, his second of the game, came on Ithaca's only shot of the two overtime periods. Nazareth controlled the ball for most of the overtime and had six shots in the first four-minute period, but Ithaca goalie Dennis Butler made three of his 14 saves to keep the game tied.
Ithaca led 8-7 at halftime and extended that advantage to 12-8 in the third quarter, before Nazareth staged an impressive comeback. Goals by Ryan Feltner, Ryan Maciaszek (pictured) and Bryan Coon closed the gap to 12-11 before the end of the third. Then two goals by Ryan Hotaling and one by Bryan Adams gave Nazareth a 14-13 lead with 10 minutes left in regulation.
Casey scored a man-up goal for Ithaca with 3:43 left to tie the score at 14-14. Nazareth had three good chances before the end of regulation, but Butler made spectacular saves on Hotaling, Chad Amidon and Feltner in the closing minutes to force overtime.
Maciaszek scored a career-best four goals for the Golden Flyers, including two in the first quarter as Nazareth was building a 4-1 lead. Freshman Logan Bobzien scored twice for Ithaca as the Bombers recovered to tie the score at 5-5 after the first 15 minutes.
The teams exchanged second-quarter goals before Geluso's first goal of the game with 3:15 left gave Ithaca a 8-7 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Ithaca got consecutive goals from Brian Weil, Bobzien and Jeff Slack to take a 12-8 lead, the largerst advantage for either team in the game.
In addition to Maciaszek, Nazareth got two goals each from Coon, Feltner and Hotaling. Bobzien had three goals for the Bombers, who also got two goals and four assists from Casey, two goals and two assists from Slack and two goals from Doug Lumb.
Butler made 14 saves for Ithaca in goal. Nazareth's Alex Civalier made six saves.
Nazareth vs. Ithaca
|Ryan Maciaszek||(4, 0)|
|Bryan Coon||(2, 1)|
|Bryan Adams||(1, 1)|
|Greg Kanellis||(1, 1)|
|Ryan Hotaling||(2, 0)|
|Ryan Feltner||(2, 0)|
|Chris Balash||(1, 1)|
|Matt Aloi||(0, 1)|
|Chad Amidon||(1, 0)|
|Conor O'keefe||(0, 1)|