Bombers Start Strong, Fly by the Soaring Eagles

ITHACA, N.Y. 13th-ranked Ithaca (9-4, 5-0 Empire 8) topped visiting Elmira (6-7, 2-3 Empire 8), 18-4, Friday afternoon at Higgins Stadium to clinch a spot in the Empire 8 tournament.

Ithaca rattled off five straight in the first five minutes of play and went on to lead 11-2 at intermission. The Bombers outscored Elmira, 7-2, in the second stint.

Senior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), who sits second all-time at Ithaca in goals and points, scored four goals to lead all action. Freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) added a hat trick, while seniors Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) and Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) chipped in a pair apiece. Junior Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and Hoffay each handed out two assists.

Scoring one goal each were seniors Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville), Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) and Sam Whitney (Rye, N.H./Portsmouth), sophomores Delaney Gilson (Montclair, N.J./Montclair), Emily Peters (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Molly Fischer (Aquinnah, Mass./Martha's Vineyard) and freshman Ally Lates (Hillsdale, N.J./Pascack Valley). Avery and rookies Taylor Purvis (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) and Riley Marion (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) each dished out one assist.

Dahl had a game-high four draws and Guzzo a contest-best four ground balls. Sophomore Niki Standera (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield), Dahl and Runyon forced two turnovers each defensively.

Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) recorded the win in goal during the first half, while junior Brittany Romano (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield Central) played out the game in goal in the second. Each keeper allowed two goals and recorded two stops.

Ithaca dominated the shot count, 44-11, held a 32-26 advantage in ground balls and won 14 draws to Elmira's nine.

The Bombers will host Alfred in E8 action Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m. with a chance at securing hosting rights.


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