Rivas Shatters Record as Bombers Blow by Alfred

ITHACA, N.Y. Senior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) shattered a 31-year-old school record as 13th-ranked Ithaca (10-4, 6-0 Empire 8) stifled Alfred (3-6, 0-6 Empire 8), 22-3, Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium. The win secured Ithaca the top seed in the Empire 8 Championship Tournament which will take place May 4-5.

Rivas netted a game-best six scores to set the scoring record of 171 goals at 19:18 of the second half. Shawn Benoliel held the former record of 170 career goals since 1982 a record set over the course of 52 games. Rivas has played in 66 games and tallied 233 points to rank second in overall points. The points record of 248 was set in 2004 by Michelle Schlegel.

The Bombers, who have won six straight, opened action with a 7-0 run and held a 15-2 margin at the half. Adding to the four consecutive goals that closed out the first frame, Ithaca found the back of the net five times to open the second, before Alfred made it a 20-3 game at 5:35. The Bombers scored a pair in the final three minutes to finalize all scoring.

Ithaca improved to 14-0 all-time against the Saxons in a series history dating back to 1999.

Senior Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) had a trio of goals and one assist for Ithaca. Senior Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville), sophomore Molly Fischer (Aquinnah, Mass./Martha's Vineyard) and freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) had two goals each and seven others had one goal apiece.

Runyon and junior Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) handed out two assists each. Dahl had a game-high six draws and senior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) chipped in four. Avery and sophomore Natalie Lang (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley) forced two turnovers each.

Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) improved to 10-4 in goal having made two stops in the first 30 minutes of play. Junior Brittany Romano (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield Central) made a pair of saves in goal in the second half.

Ithaca, who was 4 for 5 in free position attempts, outshot Alfred, 37-11, owned a 26-16 gap in ground balls and won 17 of 27 draw controls.

The Bombers host Hamilton in non-conference play Tuesday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m.


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