Ithaca upsets 19th-ranked Cardinals
Borisenok's career-high seven goals lead Bombers to win
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Nicole Borisenok and sophomore Tracy Rivas combined to score 13 goals to lead Ithaca (4-2, 2-0 Empire 8) past visiting No. 19 St. John Fisher (5-3, 1-1 Empire 8), 20-14, on Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.
Ithaca outscored the Cardinals, 11-3, in the first half, while St. John Fisher held an 11-9 scoring edge in the second frame.
Borisenok recorded a career-best seven goals and Rivas netted a career-high six to lead the Bombers to victory. Seniors Ali DeCirce and Katie Hurley each scored a pair of scores for Ithaca, while sophomores Kim Armbruster, Nikki Dahl and Sam Whitney added one apiece. Five Bombers dished out one assist each.
Ithaca opened the game with five unanswered goals, including a hat trick from Borisenok, before the Cardinals got on the board at 18:22. The Bombers again rattled off a slew of scores to hold a 9-1 advantage with 7:14 left in the first. The squads notched a pair of goals each to close out the first half in Ithaca’s favor, 11-3.
The Cardinals opened the second stint at 27:24 with a goal, but Ithaca answered with two in a span of 41 seconds for a 13-4 lead. St. John Fisher got on the board at 24:03 before Hurley, Rivas and Dahl each tallied goals.
St. John Fisher recorded four goals to make it a 16-9 game, but Ithaca responded with four of its own for a 20-9 advantage with 11 minutes lingering in the game. The Cardinals scored the final five goals of the game before time expired with a 20-14 Ithaca final.
Junior Siobhan Sullivan led the game with five draw controls and Rivas added four wins.
Sophomore Jess Worthman improved to 4-2 in goal for the Bombers making 11 stops.