The #3 Cabrini Cavaliers (3-1) went into Ithaca, New York. to take on the 2-2 Ithaca University Bombers on Saturday afternoon. The Bombers were able to handle the explosive Cabrini offense and outlasted the visitors in a back and forth battle, 11-9. The loss would be the first for Cabrini since March 27, 2019, a span of 18 games.
The first stanza was a taut defensive battle that saw Ithaca’s Connor Till (3g,1a) open the scoring before Mike Gerzabek (3g) and Matt LoParo (2g) converting a Ty Kostack (2a) set up to close the first with Cabrini up, 2-1.
Blake Eischen (1g) knotted it up. Kohl Wesner (2g) and, on the man up, Kyle Tucker set up LoParo for a 4-2 Cabrini lead. Ryan Osvath (1g) and after just 1:09, Till would get it tied up once again at 4-4. Wesner added his second before Jae Stuhlman (2g) countered to close the half at 5-5.
Gerzabek at 10:35 put the Cavs ahead. Ithaca roared back with markers from Stuhlman and Connor Brumfield (2g) to recapture the lead. Kostack hit Kyle Tucker (1g,1a) with a pretty pass. Dillon Fitzpatrick (1g) matched your take it to the final 15:00 with Ithaca holding a one-goal lead, 8-7.
Drew Turner (1g) stretched the advantage to two tallies. Gerzabek and Till exchanged markers and with 8:02 on the clock, Cabrini had an uphill battle. Jake Klein (1g,1a) tried to jump-start a comeback but was thwarted when Brumfield scored again to end the 11-9 battle.
Dis and Dat:
- Cabrini netminder, Jake Nestler stopped 14 shots in defeat.
- Tommy DeLuca forced 4 turnovers and scooped 6 loose balls in a futile cause for Cabrini.