Hawks Hang Tough with No. 16 Ithaca

ONEONTA, NY- Hartwick's lacrosse team gave nationally ranked Ithaca all it could handle on Saturday in an Empire 8 Conference game at Wright Stadium. The Hawks outscored the Bombers 8-5 over the final 45 minutes of the match. However, an early 8-0 deficit for the Hawks would ultimately be too much to overcome in a 13-8 defeat.

Ithaca would outshoot 'Wick by a 38-15 margin in the game but Hawks' junior goalkeeper Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) was impressive throughout the day, stopping a career-high 17 shots to keep her team within striking distance.

Senior Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) and junior Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) each had three goals to pace Hartwick offensively. Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) and Lauren Rosenberg (Smithtown, NY/Commack) had a goal and an assist apiece.

The Bombers bolted out to the early lead 24 seconds into the match on a tally from leading scorer Ally Runyon. She would finish the day with a game-high five goals and an assist. IC would tack on two more goals before the five-minute mark for a 3-0 edge.

Over the next 6:08 of action, the Bombers added five more goals and the lead was eight with 19:12 remaining in the half. Runyon and Riley Marion each netted three for Ithaca in the rally.

Jweid would find the net for Hartwick's opening goal of the game at 15:23. Less than two minutes later, Sisco scored off a dish from Ference to trim the deficit to six.

Following an Ali Woller goal for the Bombers, the Hawks responded with three straight goals to end the half. Rosenberg scored her fortieth of the season with 10:47 left and Ference and Sisco scored at 4:07 and 1:40, respectively, and the Hawks trailed by just four at the break, 9-5.

Runyon gave the Bombers some additional breathing room 12 seconds into the second half with her fourth tally of the contest. She added her fifth 4:01 later to increase the advantage to six. It would be the last time the Bombers found the net for over 20 minutes, however, as Luce shut the Bombers' attack down. In the 20-minute scoreless span, she would make 11 of her 17 saves, including a pair on free-position shots.

Jweid would pull the Hawks to within five with a goal set up by Rosenberg at 20:22. Less than seven minutes later, she added her twenty-third tally of the season to make it just a four-goal game, 11-7.

Hartwick had one chance to inch closer to the Bombers but IC keeper Emily Ross came up with a save on Ference's effort. Luce continued to hold the Bombers off until Natalie Lang finally scored Ithaca's twelfth goal.

Sisco registered her twenty-eighth score of the season with 1:49 to once again trim the IC advantage to four but the Hawks could get no closer. Becky Guzzo closed out the scoring for IC with just four ticks left.

Caroline Stanford (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) tied for a game-high with five ground balls for Hartwick on the day. Ference would add four ground balls and Luce and Meagan Wright (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) chipped in with three apiece.

Jweid tied for a game-high three draw controls for 'Wick. Sisco caused two Ithaca turnovers.

The Hawks next play at home on Saturday, April 26 in their season finale against Alfred beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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ONEONTA, N.Y. - The 16th-ranked Ithaca lacrosse team (10-4, 6-0 Empire 8) secured the top seed in the Empire 8 Championship Tournament with a 13-8 victory at Hartwick (5-10, 0-6 Empire 8) Saturday afternoon.

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