Bombers Rout Previously Undefeated Buffalo State

ITHACA, N.Y. 14th-ranked Ithaca (3-2) upended visiting Buffalo State (4-1), 19-5, Tuesday afternoon at Higgins Stadium to improve to 3-0 at home and tarnish the Bengals' perfect record.

The Bombers tallied a trio of goals in the first 2:26 of action before play was halted for a 30-minute period due to unfavorable field conditions and low visibility caused by heavy snow and wind. Once play resumed, Ithaca rattled off 10 scores to the Bengals' three to lead 13-3 at half.

Ithaca increased its gap to 14-3 early in the second, before Buffalo State recorded back-to-back scores. Five Bombers scored in the final 20 minutes of action to finalize all scoring, 19-5.

The Blue & Gold held a 39-11 gap in shots and a 24-11 margin in ground balls, while the Bengals owned a 14-12 advantage in draw controls. Buffalo State committed 23 turnovers to Ithaca's 10.

Senior Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) and sophomore Molly Fisher scored a career-high four goals apiece to pace Ithaca's offense. Senior Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) and freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) added two each and seven others found the back of the net once.

Freshmen Riley Marion (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) and Ally Lates (Hillsdale, N.J./Pascack Valley) each netted their first collegiate goals in Ithaca's largest margin of victory this season. Dahl dished out a career-best four assists, junior Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) added three and seniors Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) and Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) had two.

Dahl won a game-best five draws and Avery, who had one goal, chipped in a career-high six ground balls. Five Bombers recorded two caused turnovers each.

Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) made a pair of saves in 46:29 and junior Brittany Romano (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield Central) stopped one shot in goal.

The Bombers return to the turf on Saturday, March 23 hosting third-ranked Cortland at 1:00 p.m.


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