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From left, assistant coach Eze Chukwuezi 23 and junior Xavier Pommells train together in the Glazer Arena. The Ithaca College wrestling teams coaching staff is made up entirely of program alumni.

In-house coaching staff keeps Bombers wrestling connected

By Jacob Infald, Contributing Writer December 1, 2023
When the Ithaca College wrestling team returned to campus this fall, the practice room was more crowded than normal. However, there is still familiarity in the room — on top of the new athletes, there are five new assistant coaches, four of whom were athletes on the team last season.
Springfield junior quarterback Jacob Silvester is stopped by several Ithaca College Bombers defenders during their NCAA tournament game Nov. 18. The Bombers would go on to defeat the Pride, 21–7.

Football advances over Pride with 21–7 win in tournament play

By Nolan Saunders, Photographer November 19, 2023
The No. 18 Ithaca College football team traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts on Nov. 18, for a first-round matchup with the Springfield College Pride. After coming out victorious over the Pride in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2022, the Bombers once again proved their dominance with a 21–7 win to survive and advance. 
From left, sophomore diver Kian Long and junior freestyle and butterfly swimmer Matthew Mitros are looking to lead the Ithaca College mens swimming and diving team to a Liberty League championship title.

Men’s swim and dive boasts championship hope in the pool

By Matthew Givone, Staff Writer November 9, 2023
On Oct. 14, the Ithaca College men’s swim and dive team returned to the pool, earning themselves a big win over the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers and Hobart College Statesmen, with their sights set yet again on dethroning defending Liberty League champion, the Rochester Institute of Technology.
From left, sophomore multi Matt Loshkin and sophomore pole vaulter Rob George are part of the Ithaca College mens track and field teams impressive young squad.

Men’s track and field uses young power to set itself apart

By Billy Wood, Assistant Sports Editor November 8, 2023
The Ithaca College men’s indoor track & field squad is coming off a strong 2023 indoor season that saw it finish third in the Liberty League and 14th in the NCAA national championships. While its strong performance was the story of last season, its youth will be the story of this one.
Junior defensive specialist Ellie Benedict has taken part in the Ithaca College volleyball teams historic hot stretch. During the regular season, the team won 24 out of 25 sets in conference play.

Volleyball digs deep in historically dominant season

By David Schurter, Staff Writer November 8, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball program is in the midst of a historic dominant stretch. The team has compiled an overall record of 23–4, winning all eight matches against Liberty League opponents this season, including 24 of its 25 sets played. 
From left, junior Skye Cohen and sophomore Grace Murray each earned All-American honors during the Ithaca College gymnastics teams 2022–23 season.

Gymnastics looks to flip the narrative on the big stage

By Augustine Daudu, Contributing Writer November 7, 2023
After finishing in sixth place at the 2023 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships, where three Bombers earned All-American athletic honors, the Ithaca College gymnastics team is gearing up for a new season.
From left, sophomore distance runner Kyla Eisman and junior thrower Lily Seyfert aim to lead the Ithaca College womens track and field team to another Liberty League championship.

Women’s track and field strives to reclaim conference glory

By Julia Wallace, Staff Writer November 7, 2023
As fall sports have started to come to an end, the Bombers have been getting a kick-start on their training for the 2023–24 indoor track and field season. After losing key athletes such as pentathlete Logan Bruce ’23 and pole vaulter Megan Matheny ’23, the team must adjust to the new team dynamic. 
Senior midfielder Kiley Sullivan defends against an attack from Herons senior midfielder Sydney Foster during the Liberty League championship game against William Smith College on Nov. 5.

Field hockey falls to William Smith in Liberty League final

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor November 6, 2023
After a 60-minute defensive battle, the Ithaca College field hockey team fell, 1–0, to the reigning the William Smith College Herons in the Liberty League championship on Nov 5.
Graduate student midfielder Nicole Fortunato works to advance the ball upfield during the Bombers 3–0 win over Vassar College in the Liberty League semifinal game Nov. 3.

Field hockey advances to conference championship with win over Vassar

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor November 4, 2023
After a 2–1 victory Oct. 22 in Poughkeepsie, the Ithaca College field hockey team rematched the Vassar College Brewers in the Liberty League semifinal game on Nov. 3 at Higgins Stadium. The Bombers expanded on their previous one-point advantage, besting the Brewers in a dominant, 3–0, showing.
From left, sophomore defender Lauren Russell, senior goalkeeper Lexi Held, senior attacker Chloe Nordyke and head coach Karrie Moore pack donated non-perishables into the bed of a truck.

Trick or treating for the community: Women’s lacrosse gives back

By Billy Wood, Assistant Sports Editor November 2, 2023
The Ithaca College women’s lacrosse team set out into the night this Halloween, collecting canned food for a local community center and bringing their caring attitudes along the way. 
Junior goalkeeper Grace Hickey clears the ball upfield following a save. Hickey is currently leading the Liberty League with only six goals allowed as of Oct. 31.

Junior goalkeeper guides Bombers to defensive success

By David Schurter, Staff Writer November 2, 2023
The team boasts a strong defensive squad up the roster, but the leader of the defense has been junior goalkeeper Grace Hickey. So far this season, Hickey posts a 9–2–4 record and has only allowed six goals, adding 10 shutouts to her statistics.
During the 2023 regular season, the Ithaca College field hockey team boasted a perfect, 4–0, record in overtime play. The Bombers earned post-regulation victories over the University of Scranton, Skidmore College, SUNY New Paltz, and the University of Rochester.

Overtime victories prove field hockey is cool under pressure

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor November 1, 2023
The 1–0 victory over the University of Rochester improved the team’s post-regulation record to a perfect 4–0; the first time the team has ever gone undefeated during extra time in program history.
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