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From left, senior attackman Charlie Niebuhr and senior midfielder Kyle Savery. Going into their senior year, the two are emphasizing leadership and are welcoming in new head coach Tommy Pearce.

New faces add extra man advantage to men’s lacrosse

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer February 29, 2024
With the 2024 season on the horizon, the Ithaca men’s lacrosse team has been preparing to enter a new era. After over 30 years at the helm, former head coach Jeff Long stepped down on June 1, 2023, and was replaced by Tommy Pearce.
Junior attackman Jack Pastore carries the ball in his stick with several defenders trailing behind. The Bombers secured a 12–10 victory in the late stages of the game against the St. John Fisher University Cardinals.

Bombers open up season with victory over Cardinals

By Rory Mastine, Staff Writer February 25, 2024
The Tommy Pearce era has officially arrived in South Hill, with the new head coach of the Ithaca Bombers men’s lacrosse team opening up the season with a 12–10 victory over the St. John Fisher Cardinals on Feb. 25. 
Following the 2022–23 academic year, the Ithaca College athletic department initiated a string of new hires including five coaches and two administrators.

Major leadership turnover marks new chapter for athletics

By David Schurter, Staff Writer August 24, 2023

With a new academic year rolling around, a new athletic year begins. The 2023–24 year will mark a new chapter in Ithaca College athletics, with several new coaches and administrators taking over for...

Following Jeff Longs 36-year tenure is the Ithaca College mens lacrosse head coach, the program announced his position will be filled by Allegheny Colleges Tommy Pearce.

Men’s lacrosse names new head coach after long tenure

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor July 11, 2023
Ithaca College announced July 6 — after Jeff Long’s 36-year tenure — Tommy Pearce will join the men’s lacrosse program as head coach for the 2023–24 season. 
Jeff Long, head coach of the mens lacrosse team and former assistant coach for the womens soccer team, announced his retirement June 1 after serving the program for 36 seasons.

Longtime men’s lacrosse head coach announces retirement

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor June 2, 2023
Ithaca College announced June 1 that Jeff Long, head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, has retired after 36 seasons with the program.
Senior goalkeeper Ryan LaForty drops for a save during the Ithaca College mens lacrosse teams 10–9 overtime loss against Union College on April 22, 2023. LaForty tallied a season-high 19 saves during the game.

Men’s lacrosse falls short against Union on Senior Day

By Alliey Magistro, Staff Writer April 24, 2023
The stands at Higgins Stadium were packed and wild April 22 to see the Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team battle one of its toughest opponents, No. 14 Union College, on Senior Day.
Sophomore midfielder Chase Gulick wins the face off against Cougars senior midfielder Nick Mehnert. Gulick went 24–25 on the face off during the contest.

Men’s lacrosse takes down Cougars in 16–3 win

By Alliey Magistro, Staff Writer April 3, 2023
There was a big win at Higgins Stadium on March 29 for the Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team against the Misericordia University Cougars.
From left, sophomore Chase Gulick and senior Jake Erickson are looking to make an impact in a stacked Liberty League conference this season.

Men’s lacrosse takes aim at Liberty League Goliaths

By Alliey Magistro, Staff Writer March 1, 2023
The Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team has been preparing for its 2023 season since missing out on the postseason last October on a last-second goal.
Junior Ryan LaForty, who has started 12 games at goalie for the Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team this season, warms up for a game against Nazareth College on March 23 at Higgins Stadium.

Junior goalkeeper makes the most of starting opportunity

By Aidan Charde, Assistant Sports Editor April 26, 2022
For nearly three years, junior Ryan LaForty, goalie for the Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team, did not start a game in the net, until a mid-game switch March 2.
The Ithaca College mens lacrosse team suffered its second defeat of the year, snapping a seven-game win streak, after falling to St. Lawrence University 14–10 April 2.

Men’s lacrosse’s seven-game win streak comes to an end

By Liam Shields, Staff Writer April 3, 2022
The Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team’s seven-game win streak came to an end with a 14–10 loss to the St. Lawrence University Saints on April 2 at Higgins Stadium.
Jeff Long, head coach of the mens lacrosse team and former assistant coach for the womens soccer team, announced his retirement June 1 after serving the program for 36 seasons.

Men’s lacrosse coach reaches 350 career wins at IC

By Liam Shields, Contributing Writer March 30, 2022
Jeff Long, Ithaca College men’s lacrosse head coach, reached his 350th career win with a 18–10 victory over Birmingham-Southern College on March 15.
The Ithaca College mens and womens tennis teams were among five programs that traveled south to compete during the colleges spring break, March 12 and 20.

Ithaca College teams travel to compete during spring break

By Dustin Terry, Staff Writer March 23, 2022
The Ithaca College tennis programs were in the midst of their annual spring break trip when the 2020 season was canceled, ending the trip before the Bombers competed in their final match of the week.
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