Bombers Cage Golden Flyers as Rivas Nets 100th Goal

ITHACA, N.Y. Ithaca (5-3, 2-0 Empire 8) powered to a 19-3 Empire 8 victory over visiting Nazareth (3-5, 1-1 Empire 8) on Friday afternoon. Junior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow/East Meadow) netted three goals to become the 18th player in program history to join the 100-goal club.

Ithaca pieced together an early 5-0 run, one that Nazareth struggled to answer. The Bombers went on to secure a 14-1 advantage less than one minute into the second frame. The Golden Flyers managed a pair of scores in the latter frame, but Ithaca went on to claim its largest margin of victory since a 22-3 victory over Hartwick in 2010.

Rivas was joined by senior Nicole Borisenok (Watervliet/Albany Academy for Girls) and freshman Molly Fischer (Aquinnah, Mass./Martha's Vineyard) with hat tricks, with Fischer posting a career high. Four Bombers put away a pair of goals as juniors Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville), Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca/Ithaca) and Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) joined senior Racquel Lividini (Mamaroneck/Mamaroneck) in doing so. Sophomore Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) and freshman Niki Standera (Penfield/Penfield) each tallied once for Ithaca.

Rivas dished out a career-high four assists, while Hoffay and Dahl added to their career-best goal performances with career-highs of two assists each.

Dahl won a game-high four draw controls and forced a game-best three turnovers, while junior Jess Worthman (Commack/Hauppauge) got the win in goal having made six saves. Sophomore Brittany Romano (Penfield/Penfield Central) made two stops in 14:36 of action.

Borisenok and Armbruster accounted for Ithaca's early 5-0 advantage. Nazareth scored its sole first-half goal at the 17-minute mark before Fischer netted back-to-back goals to ignite an eight-goal spark that powered Ithaca to a 13-1 lead at the half.

The teams exchanged scores to open the second half before Rivas found the back of the net for the 100th time in her career. Guzzo, Standera and Lividini would score the game's final trio of goals.

Ithaca held a solid 39-12 advantage in shots, a 24-12 gap in ground balls and won 18 draws to the Golden Flyers' six.

The Bombers will host St. John Fisher at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.


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