Bombers Hold off No. 19 Hamilton for 8th Straight Victory

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Clinton, N.Y. Ithaca (11-3) won its eighth consecutive victory with a 9-8 triumph at 19th-ranked Hamilton (6-9) on Tuesday afternoon. The Bombers, who are receiving votes in the week nine IWLCA national poll, last tallied eight straight wins in the 2003 season.

In a contest that was knotted on three occasions, Ithaca only trailed once. The Continentals netted the game's first, but Ithaca put away three straight for a 3-1 lead nine minutes into the game. Hamilton rebounded to tie up action at 3-3 at 11:20, but the Bombers rattled off three straight to end the half with a 6-3 gap.

Hamilton made it a one-goal game early in the second. The teams twice exchanged scores before the Continentals brought the game to an 8-8 stalemate at 11:52. Junior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow/East Meadow) found the back of the net at 6:11 with the game-winner for the Blue & Gold.

Hamilton outshot Ithaca, 18-17, and held a slight 16-13 edge in ground balls, while the Bombers claimed a 13-6 advantage in draw controls.

Rivas led all offensive efforts with three goals and a pair of assists. She cracked the all-time top 10 at Ithaca with 160 points with the performance to rank ninth. Senior Nicole Borisenok (Watervliet/Albany Academy for Girls) chipped in two goals and one assist to move into second-place all time with 208 career points.

Junior Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) recorded two goals. Junior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) and sophomore Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) each scored once. Avery and junior Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca/Ithaca) each dished out one assist.

Dahl won a Bomber-best four draw controls with junior Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) adding three and a pair of caused turnovers.

Junior Jess Worthman (Commack/Hauppauge) was credited with the win having made five stops between the pipes.

The Bombers will conclude regular-season play on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. contest against Utica at Higgins Stadium.

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