Bombers Remain Perfect in Empire 8, Defeat St. John Fisher

PITTSFORD, N.Y. 13th-ranked Ithaca (6-4, 3-0 Empire 8) won its second Empire 8 game in as many days with a 15-9 victory at St. John Fisher (8-3, 2-1 Empire 8) Sunday afternoon at Growney Stadium.

The Bombers powered to an 11-3 lead in the first half that propelled them to victory. The Cardinals outscored Ithaca 6-4 in the second.

Freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) posed a career- and game-high five goals. Senior Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) chipped in a hat trick, while junior Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and freshman Riley Marion (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) added two apiece. Seniors Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) and Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) and sophomore Niki Standera (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) each had one score. Runyon and Marion were each 2 for 2 in free position shots.

Rivas and Guzzo dished out two assists each with Rivas improving to third all-time at Ithaca with 215 points, fourth with 155 goals and seventh with 60 assists.

Seniors Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) and Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) had one assist each. Dahl won six draw controls to lead the Bombers. Armbruster had a trio of ground balls and junior Jenna Marchinetti (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) forced a pair of turnovers. Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) claimed the win in goal having made 11 saves.

The Cardinals netted the game's first before Rivas assisted Runyon and Guzzo for a 2-1 Ithaca lead at 24:29. Fisher answered with two straight for a 3-2 edge, but the Bombers dominated the final 17 minutes of play. Ithaca scored nine unanswered to lead 11-3 at intermission.

Fisher tallied first in the second half as well, but Armbruster and Runyon scored back-to-back for a nine-goal lead, 13-4, at 26:38. The host squad recorded four consecutive, but Ithaca answered with two of the last three goals for a 15-9 final.

St. John Fisher outshot Ithaca, 24-21, and held a 17-12 gap in ground balls. Ithaca won 15 draws to Fisher's 10.

The Bombers return to the turf on Saturday, April 13 at Utica for a 3:00 p.m. game.

2013-04-07



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