Going into their game against Corning on Wednesday, May 28, Ithaca High School carried a large weight on their shoulders. A win brings them their fourth straight New York Section IV Class A championship and a third consecutive trip to the state championship. On top of that, Corning, their opponents, handed the Ithaca Little Red one of their two losses in the last game of their regular season.
Throughout the year, Ithaca played exceptionally well acquiring a 14-2 record and an astonishing +160 goal difference. Their power spurs from their offense which has put their team in the double digits every game this season, including two performances over 20 goals. Complementing the attack, the Little Red’s defense only allowed eight of their opponents to mark over five goals. Their strong efforts on both side of the ball earn Ithaca the 33rd rank in DigitalSports National Lacrosse Rankings.
After two weeks off, Ithaca faced Corning to avenge their 13-10 loss earlier in the year. The long time off allowed the Little Red to rest and prepare for the rematch. The break paid off as Ithaca claimed a 16-8 victory over the Hawks.
The game was tight until the last four minutes of the third quarter. At the moment, the game was 6-5, but Ithaca broke away in a scoring frenzy with eight consecutive goals. Before the first minute of the fourth quarter ended, the Little Red already broke away to a 13-5 margin. With 6:25 left in the fourth, Corning found the back of the net, finally ending Ithaca’s spree and bringing the game to 14-6. From there, the game slowed down, but the damaged was already done. But teams managed to net two more goals each, giving Ithaca an enormous 16-8 victory.
Throughout the game, Ithaca put on a dominating performance. The Little Red won 18 faceoffs and outshot the Hawks 41-27. Offensively, Ithaca had nine different goal scorers and 11 different point scorers. The defense managed to shut Corning down throughout the game, including forcing a 15-minute goalless span on the Hawks.
The all around team effort from Ithaca gave them the advantage in this championship matchup. Now with the Section IV trophy already on their shelf, Ithaca moves on to the sectional title game. The Little Red faces West Genesee on Saturday, June 1 in the regional final.