Ithaca Remains Perfect in E8 Play, Upends Cardinals

ITHACA, N.Y. The 21st-ranked Ithaca College women's lacrosse team (6-3, 3-0 Empire 8) upended visiting St. John Fisher (7-4, 2-1 Empire 8), 8-3, on Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Despite a slow start that allowed the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead, Ithaca posted eight of the game's final nine goals and held St. John Fisher to its lowest goal count in over six seasons.

Senior Nicole Borisenok (Watervliet/Albany Academy for Girls) moved up to fourth all-time at Ithaca with 191 career points as she dished out a career-high four assists on the day. Juniors Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca/Ithaca) and Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) joined sophomore Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) in netting two goals each, while juniors Tracy Rivas (East Meadow/East Meadow) and Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) each tallied once. Rivas also added two assists.

Senior Siobhan Sullivan (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) scooped up a career-best six ground balls and won two draws. She and junior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) each forced two turnovers. Borisenok added a career-best five ground balls as Ithaca collected 24 to the Cardinals' 16.

The Bombers held a 21-14 advantage in shots, while St. John Fisher won seven draw controls to the Ithaca's six.

Trailing 2-0 after eight minutes of play, Avery found Dahl for the Bombers' first of four. Ten scoreless minutes ticked off the clock before Guzzo scored at 11:41 and Dahl recorded the game-winner go-ahead at the 10-minute mark on a Borisenok feed. Hoffay put away two goals in the final 2:29 of play, both on Borisenok assists. The Cardinals broke up Hoffay's pair with their final goal of the game at 1:19.

Borisenok found Armbruster for a 6-3 lead at 27:10 of the second. Guzzo would capitalize on a Rivas assist at the 24-minute mark before Rivas finalized all scoring with a free position goal at 22:48.

Ithaca, who has won three straight contests, improves to 9-5 over the Cardinals in a series dating back to 2001.

The Bombers will next travel to Hartwick for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, April 14.

2012-04-07



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