No. 14 Ithaca's Comeback Falls Just Short vs. No. 3 Cortland

ITHACA, N.Y. 14th-ranked Ithaca (3-3) rewrote a four-goal deficit to pull within one of third-ranked Cortland (6-1), but fell short suffering a 9-8 setback Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Ithaca took an early 2-0 lead but Cortland answered with five consecutive to power to a 5-2 lead at the seven-minute mark of the first. Ithaca recorded two of the next three to pull within 6-4 at intermission. A Bomber goal opened the second half, but Cortland managed a 9-5 gap with three straight scores. The Bombers netted three over the final 12 minutes of the game, but time expired before Ithaca could find an equalizer.

Senior Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) posted a team-best four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) added two scores and one assist. Sophomore Molly Fischer (Aquinnah, Mass./Martha's Vineyard) recorded her first assists of the season, dishing out the final two of the game. Seniors Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon), Kaitylyn Hoffay and Sam Whitney (Rye, N.H./Portsmouth) netted one goal apiece.

Junior Jenna Marchinetti (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) had three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge), who led the team with five ground balls, made nine stops in goal for the Bombers.

The game was tight across the board. Cortland owned a 22-21 edge in shots and a 17-13 margin in ground balls, while Ithaca led the draw count, 11-8. The Bombers committed 15 turnovers to the Red Dragons' 14.

Ithaca returns to action Friday, March 29 with their Empire 8 season opener at Stevens Institute of Technology at 12:00 p.m.

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ITHACA, N.Y. Third-ranked Cortland built a 9-5 lead midway through the second half and held off a late Ithaca rally as the Red Dragons edged the 14th-ranked Bombers, 9-8, in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Cortland (6-1) relied on balanced scoring in the victory with seven different players finding the back of the net. Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) paced the offense with two goals and one assist, while freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) also tallied two goals. Senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa), juniors Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) and Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius), sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and freshman Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) each tallied one goal, and sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded a game-high five assists.

Freshman goalie Liz Ingalls (Centerport/St. Anthony's) registered six saves in her second consecutive start for the Red Dragons. Junior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) contributed two caused turnovers and three ground balls, Beville chipped in with three ground balls and Monaghan added three draw controls and three ground balls.

Nikki Dahl led Ithaca (3-3) with two goals and two assists, and Allison Runyon also netted two goals with one assist. Tracy Rivas, Michelle Avery, Kaitlyn Hoffay and Sam Whitney each scored one goal, while Molly Fischer chipped in with two assists. Goalie Jess Worthman made nine saves and collected five ground balls. Jenna Marchinetti recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

The Bombers took a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Avery and Hoffay just 10 seconds apart less than two and a half minutes into the game. The Red Dragons answered with five straight scores from five different players, with Farrell assisting on three of the goals, to open up a 5-2 lead with seven minutes, two seconds remaining in the opening half. Rivas and Runyon sandwiched goals around Hayes-Hurley's score and Cortland took a 6-4 advantage into half time.

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