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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.
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.
First-year student midfielder Audrey McMahon runs down the starting lineup wearing an orange ribbon in honor of the team’s multiple sclerosis awareness game against St. Lawrence University on Oct. 7.

Field hockey raises awareness through dedication game tradition

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor October 18, 2023
For the past two years, the team has chosen three games each season to dedicate to a charitable cause — whether it be athlete mental health, chronic illness or equity and inclusion. This season, the team showed its support for the KyleCares Foundation on Sept. 13, LGBTQ Pride on Sept. 27 and multiple sclerosis research on Oct. 7. 
Junior Juliana Valli is a striker on the field hockey team and a physical therapy major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Valli is one of 13 health science majors on her team.

Student-athletes enhance their health science education on the playing field

By Ana Gavilanes, Contributing Writer October 17, 2023
Beyond their experiences in the classroom, student-athletes at Ithaca College are expanding their knowledge of the human body through the grind of practice sessions and the excitement of game days. 
From left, junior striker Emma Garver transitions the ball downfield as sophomore striker Caroline Hamilton defends toward the sideline.

Field hockey boasts second half comeback against Saints

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor October 8, 2023
The Ithaca College field hockey team bolstered its position at the top of Liberty League standings with a 2–1 victory over the St. Lawrence University Saints on Oct. 4 at Higgins Stadium.
From left, junior midfielder Meara Bury transitions the ball upfield as Knights junior midfielder Hanna Pochobradsky defends along the sideline.

Field hockey extends winning streak with victory over Knights

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor October 5, 2023
The Ithaca College field hockey team extended its winning streak to five with an evenly matched, 1–0, victory over the SUNY Geneseo Knights on Oct. 4 at Higgins Stadium.
From left, junior midfielder Meara Bury injects the ball during a penalty corner while junior midfielder Catherine Papa and junior strikers Juliana Valli and Emma Garver prepare to attack.

Field hockey slips past Scranton in overtime victory

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor September 29, 2023
The Ithaca College field hockey team came out victorious over the Scranton University Royals in a defensive battle Sept. 27 at Higgins Stadium.
The Ithaca College field hockey team improved its record to 4–3 when they defeated the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles, 2–0, on Sept. 20.

Field hockey makes a statement with 2–0 shutout

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor September 21, 2023
The Ithaca College field hockey team made a comeback statement with a dominant 2–0 showing over the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles on Sept. 21 at Higgins Stadium.
From left, first-year student striker Emma Rice defends Bombers junior striker Juliana Valli as she makes an up-field push.

Field hockey falls to Cortland under the lights

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor September 14, 2023
In its 70th all-time matchup, the Ithaca College field hockey team dropped its fifth game of the season in a 3–1 loss against the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons during an under-the-lights matchup Sept. 13 at Higgins Stadium.
From left, senior midfielder Jorja Hibschman transitions upfield while Bombers first-year student midfielder Payton Yahner defends.

Field hockey drops first game against Kean University

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor September 2, 2023
Following a dominant 2022 season that yielded a 14–4 record, the Ithaca College field hockey team opened its 2023 season with a tumultuous 3–0 loss to the No. 17 Kean University Cougars on Sept. 1. 
Field hockey drives toward new conference glory

Field hockey drives toward new conference glory

By David Schurter, Staff Writer August 31, 2023
Coming off a 2020 that halted all fall sports, the Ithaca College field hockey program has earned back-to-back trips to the Liberty League playoffs the past two seasons. However, there is one thing that is still missing: a Liberty League Championship.
The Ithaca College field hockey team will finish their 2022 season with a 14–4 record following a 1–0 loss to the Herons. The team still has a chance to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA DIII field hockey tournament.

Field Hockey falls to William Smith 1–0 in the Liberty League semifinal

By Tess Ferguson, Staff Writer November 4, 2022
After coming off of a victorious Senior Day against the William Smith College Herons on Oct. 23, the Ithaca College field hockey team fell 1–0 in an overtime loss.
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