Ithaca Remains Atop Empire 8 Standings with Win at Utica

UTICA, N.Y. 13th-ranked Ithaca (7-4, 4-0 Empire 8) snapped a 3-3 halftime stalemate to defeat host Utica (7-4, 1-3 Empire 8) 9-5 Saturday afternoon at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium.

Ithaca scored two in the first six minutes of play, but the Pioneers answered with back-to-back goals to deadlock action at the 17-minute mark. Ithaca and Utica exchanged scores for a 3-3 tie at the half. The Bombers dominated the second period, leading the shot count 22-9 and outscoring the Pioneers, 6-2.

Senior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) and freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored hat tricks to lead all action. Rivas' three points increased her career point total to 218, moving her into second-place all time at Ithaca. Nicole Borisenok (Watervliet/Albany Academy for Girls), a 2012 graduate, now sits third with 217 points.

Armbruster added a pair of scores and sophomore Molly Fischer (Aquinnah, Mass./Martha's Vineyard) accounted for the Bombers' other tally. Senior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) and juniors Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and Katie Long (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) each dished out an assist. Rivas had a game-best four ground balls. Senior Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) won three draw controls and Avery forced a contest-best three turnovers. The Pioneers led the turnover count, 21-13.

Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) recorded the victory in goal, making four saves for the Bombers.

Ithaca owned a 35-15 margin in shots and a 27-16 advantage in ground balls. Utica won eight draws to Ithaca's seven.

The Bombers return to action on Tuesday, April 16 at William Smith at 5:00 p.m.


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