For the Ithaca High boys lacrosse team, Tuesday’s Southern Tier Athletic Conference game against visiting Vestal was an opportunity to get back to basics and re-establish its identity.
Following its first loss of the season Saturday against Buffalo’s Bishop Timon, the Little Red rebounded with a resounding 18-7 win over Vestal.
“It was a surprising loss,” Ithaca senior Emile Sassone-Lawless said. “It was a long bus ride down and we were on grass and we weren’t really expecting that. We got off to a slow start, but in the second half we came back and we actually played hard. We won the second half by four or five goals. This game definitely meant a lot, because it’s important to get back on your feet.”
Sassone-Lawless led a balanced offensive effort for the Little Red as he finished with three goals and two assists. Senior Eli Lasda had a phenomenal all-around game. He ended the night with three goals, an assist, and 10 ground balls for the Little Red (11-1), which led 9-3 at halftime.
Junior Charlie Estill added four goals and senior long-stick midfielder Ryan Emerson also scored for Ithaca.
“We kind of got lulled into thinking we are better than we are against Bishop Timon,” Ithaca coach Frank Welch said. “It’s a long ride to Buffalo and we were a little late getting there. Everything just didn’t seem to click for us in the first half. In the second half, we played like we were madmen, which was good for us. We kind of let a little air out of our egos. The stuff we’ve been working on, we were much better at it tonight.”
John Winchell scored three goals and Jake Nelson added one goal and two assists for the Golden Bears (5-4). Nick Nestlerode recorded 10 saves for Vestal.