William Smith Drops Non-Conference Tilt to No. 13 Ithaca

GENEVA, N.Y. - No. 13 Ithaca jumped out to a 5-0 lead and went on to defeat William Smith 14-6 in a non-conference game played on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation this afternoon. The Herons are now 7-5 overall, and the Bombers improved to 8-4 this year.

Senior Marissa Potter led William Smith with four points on three goals and an assist. She also came up with two draws. Sophomore Katie Sipple produced a goal and an assist. Sophomore Hayley Braun and first-year Kate Byrne each scored a goal. Sophomore Rachel Hughes logged a game-high five ground balls. Senior Kathleen Ragan earned an assist and scooped up four ground balls. First-year Marina Guigli played all 60 minutes in goal and matched a career-high with 11 saves.

Tracy Rivas produced five points for Ithaca on three goals and two assists. Allison Runyon scored a game-high four goals. Nikki Dahl notched three goals, picked up three ground balls, and won four draws. Becky Guzzo recorded two goals and two assists. Michelle Avery won a game-high five draws. Kim Armbruster added two goals, three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and four draws. Jess Worthmann played all 60 minutes in goal for the Bombers and came up with six saves.

The Bombers came out and scored the first five goals of the game. Guzzo posted a goal and two assists in the run and Dahl logged two goals. With 5:11 left in the first half, Braun scored her fourth goal of the season for William Smith on a free position to make it 5-1 going into the break.

The Ithaca offense continued to control the game scoring the first four goals of the second half. Unassisted tallies by Runyon, Rivas and Guzzo followed by a free position goal by Armbruster gave the Bombers a 9-1 lead. At 11:09, Byrne found the back of the net off a feed from Potter to make it 9-2. Dahl responded with an unassisted tally 10 seconds later.

The Herons put together a three-goal run to make it 10-5. Potter logged back-to-back tallies the second off an assist from Sipple. Then Sipple scored her 20th goal of the season after a pass from Ragan at 16:19. Runyon gave Ithaca an 11-5 lead after a pass from Rivas at 19:22.

Rivas then scored two goals of her own to make it 13-5 with 4:31 remaining. With 1:11 on the clock, Potter carried the ball in and fired past the keeper for her third goal of the game. Runyon scored a free position goal with 53 seconds on the clock for the final.

Ithaca held a 29-21 advantage in shots and a 20-16 edge in ground balls. The Bombers won 14 draws, while the Herons came away with four. Ithaca was successful on 12-of-18 clears, and William Smith finished 11-for-15.

The Herons will be back in action on Friday, April 19, when they travel to take on Vassar in a Liberty League game at 4 p.m. The Bombers will host Elmira on Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m.

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GENEVA, N.Y. 13th-ranked Ithaca College women's lacrosse team (8-4) won its fourth straight game Tuesday defeating host William Smith (7-5), 14-6, at Boswell Field.

The Bombers powered to an early 5-0 lead to charge to a 5-1 gap at intermission. Ithaca added four more to open the second stint for a 9-1 margin at 21:43. The Herons scored four of the next five to pull within 10-5, but the Bombers tallied three straight and four of the last five scores for a 14-6 final.

Six players won draw controls as Ithaca owned an 18-4 edge in the category. Senior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) had a career- and game-high five draws, while seniors Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) and Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) added four each.

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