Nine-Goal First Half Powers #13 Ithaca Past Nazareth

ROCHESTER, N.Y. The 13th-ranked Ithaca College women's lacrosse team (5-4, 2-0 Empire 8) scored nine first-half goals en route to defeating host Nazareth (4-5, 1-1 Empire 8), 11-9, Saturday afternoon.

Senior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), who scored seven goals for the Bombers on Tuesday, netted five to lead Ithaca to victory. Senior Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) each scored twice and seniors Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) and Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) had one apiece. Dahl and junior Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) each dished out an assist.

Dahl had a career-best seven draws and joined senior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) in scooping up game-bests of three ground balls. The pair also caused two turnovers each. Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) made eight saves to earn the win in goal.

The Golden Flyers netted the game's first, but Rivas answered with a trio of her own in a five-minute span to put the Bombers ahead indefinitely. Nazareth scored its second at the 20-minute mark, but Hoffay and Runyon combined to score three straight for a 6-2 edge at 11:35. Nazareth made it a 6-4 game, but Rivas and Armbruster found the back of the net with free position shots and Dahl went unassisted for a 9-4 margin at the half.

Nazareth dominated the second stint, outscoring Ithaca, 5-2. The host team pulled within 10-8 at 16:07. Runyon scored at 13:16 to increase the gap to three. The Golden Flyers tallied once more to finalize all scoring at 11-9.

Ithaca led the shot count, 30-23, and collected 11 ground balls to Nazareth's eight. The Golden Flyers won 12 draws to Ithaca's eight.

The Bombers return to action on Sunday, April 7 at St. John Fisher with a 1:00 p.m. start.


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