Doug Biondi scored three goals and three other players had two each as the Little Red held off a tough Binghamton squad for the second time this season, 10-8, Thursday night in Section 4 Conference boys lacrosse action.
Emile Sassone-Lawless had two goals and three assists for the Little Red (12-1), which has played its two closest games of the season against the Patriots (10-4). On April 17, Ithaca held off visiting Binghamton, 10-9, forcing a turnover in the final minute to secure the win.
“They’ve always given us a hard time, they’re a really talented group of kids,” Ithaca coach Frank Welch said Friday. “They present some matchup problems for us, and the kids have all played each other since they were little. And they play together in Nike tournaments over the summer, so they know each other’s tendencies. They’re a team that just doesn’t go away, a quality team.”
Ithaca led, 5-4, at halftime but fell behind midway through the third quarter, 6-5, on a goal by Chris Blee. Jaedon Henderson scored just eight seconds after Blee’s go-ahead goal, and Ithaca didn’t trail again.
Henderson finished with two goals and an assist, and Eric Barr also scored twice for fifth-ranked Ithaca, which has won two straight since last Saturday’s 14-10 loss at state-ranked Bishop Timon in Buffalo. On Tuesday, Ithaca scored an 18-7 victory over Vestal.
Gavin Abbott scored three goals, and Nishan Ketchoyan and Blee tallied twice each for Binghamton, which got 14 saves from Ryan Madden.
Welch credited his goalie, senior Eh Tha Dah (7 saves), and the defensive effort of junior Matt Fricke, who shadowed one of Binghamton’s top offensive threats, Nick Garbarino, and held him to one assist.
“He (Fricke) did an excellent job,” Welch said. “It was a good matchup, sort of strength-on-strength. And I thought that, at the end, our experience with Eli (Lasda), Emile and Jaedon paid off.”
The Little Red has three regular-season games left. After hosting Union-Endicott for Senior Night on Tuesday, Ithaca hosts Chenango Forks at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, before wrapping up the season at Corning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.
Welch said Tuesday’s U-E game, during which Ithaca’s 24 seniors will be honored, might be pushed back a half-hour to 7:30 p.m., as Ithaca is also hosting a track meet that day.