Second-Half Effort Lifts No. 17 Bombers over Geneseo

ITHACA, N.Y. -- No. 17 Ithaca dominated the second half and defeated Geneseo 11-8 on Friday afternoon at Higgins Stadium. The Bombers improved to 2-0 on the year and handed the Knights (2-1) their first loss of the year. Ithaca closed the game with a 6-2 scoring run to secure the victory.

Senior attack Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led the Bombers with two goals and two assists in the game. Classmates Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) and Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) also scored two goals each.

The Bombers built a 5-2 lead in the first half but Geneseo scored three goals in a span of a minute to tie the score 5-5 at halftime. The Knights scored again two minutes into the second half to take their only lead of the game at 6-5, but Ithaca closed the game with the decisive run over the final 22 minutes. The Bombers held a 7-3 advantage in draw controls and a 12-7 advantage in shots in the second half. Four of Ithaca's goals came from free-position shots.

Senior midfielder Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon), senior midfielder Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca), sophomore midfielder Natalie Lang (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley), freshman attack Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and senior attack Sam Whitney (Rye, N.H./Portsmouth) scored one goal each. Junior attack Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) had two assists. Armbruster and Dahl each had one assist.

Bomber senior goalkeeper Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) earned her second victory of the season with five saves.

Ithaca will head south for a spring training trip in Clermont, Fla. where the Bombers will face Gettysburg on Wednesday and Franklin & Marshall on Thursday.

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Ithaca, N.Y. Geneseo (2-1) dropped its first game of the season, losing 11-8 at #17 Ithaca (2-0) in a match-up of undefeated teams. The Knights rallied from a three-goal deficit to force a 5-5 halftime tie, then took a 6-5 lead early in the second period before the host Bombers closed the game on a 4-1 run.

Junior attack Carolyn Buonocore (Syracuse/Westhill) led Geneseo with three goals and an assist; she raised her season total to a team-leading 13 points (11 goals, two assists) and upped her career figures to 132 goals and 157 points (fourth and sixth, respectively, on the program's all-time list.

Junior attack Meredith Weber (Bellport/Bellport) scored a career-high three goals; she tied the game at five-all late in the first half, opened the second-half scoring to put the Knights up 6-5 and then tied the game for the final time with 19:03 left in regulation.

Senior attack Lea Paris (Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) assisted on two goals back-to-back scores in Geneseo's 3-0 spurt to close the first half.

Buonocore and junior midfielder Emily Haggerty (Syracuse/Westhill) who recorded a goal and an assist led Geneseo with three draw controls apiece. Senior midfielder Rachel Petrone (Rochester/Penfield) picked up a team-best three ground balls.

Senior Julie Bernatzky (Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai) made six saves in goal.

Sophomore attack Katey Hart (Syracuse/West Genesee) notched a goal and an assist.

Geneseo returns to action Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. game at #15 St. John Fisher.

2013-03-08



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