Ithaca Downs Stevens, Advances to Empire 8 Final
from press release
ITHACA, N.Y. – The top-seeded and 14th-ranked Ithaca College women's lacrosse team (12-5) outlasted visiting Stevens Institute of Technology (8-10), 17-11, during Empire 8 semifinal action Saturday at Higgins Stadium. The Bombers will face the winner of the today's 3 p.m. semifinal between second-seeded and 20th-ranked St. John Fisher and third-seeded Nazareth Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Bombers advance to the Empire 8 title game for the fourth time in as many years and eighth time since 2003. Ithaca claimed the championship in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008.
Senior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) netted a game-high six scores and added one assist to tie Ithaca's all-time points record of 248. Rivas has a school-record 182 goals and 66 assists during her tenure. She shares the record with Michelle Schlegel who has owned it since 2004 on 160 goals and 88 assists.
The game was tied on seven occasions, lastly at 9-9. A Kim Armbruster (Boonton, N.J./Montville) score with one minute lingering in the first half gave the Bombers and 8-7 edge at intermission. Stevens netted two of the first three goals in the second to knot the game at 9-9 before Ithaca rattled off six straight to take control of the game. The Ducks pulled within 15-11 at 14:30, but Rivas and Armbruster tallied the last two scores for a 17-11 final.
Armbruster, a senior, had a career-high five scores, while junior Becky Guzzo (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) matched a career-high four assist and added a goal. Freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored a pair and senior Kaitlyn Hoffay (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) netted one and handed out one assist. Senior Nikki Dahl (Columbus, Ohio/The Wellington School) and freshman Riley Marion (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) accounted for Ithaca's other two scores.
Dahl had contest-bests of nine draw controls and two caused turnovers. Armbruster added six draws and senior Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) chipped in a game-best five ground balls.
Ithaca outshot the Ducks, 40-18, held a 22-17 gap in ground balls and won 20 draws to Stevens' 11. The Ducks committed 17 turnovers, while Ithaca had 10.