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Four William Smith soccer players honored

Four members of the William Smith College soccer team were named to the 2021 United Soccer Coaches All-Region III first team today. Forwards Julia Keogh<> (Toronto, Ontario/ Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute) and Sheila McQuillen<> (Natick, Mass./Natick) and midfielders Amanda Adams<> (Beverly, Mass./Waring School) and Merilyn Hinrichs<> (Swampscott, Mass./Governor’s Academy) were honored.

Keogh, McQuillen, Adams and Hinrichs guided the Herons to a 19-2-1 overall record this season. The Herons were 9-0-0 in the Liberty League and claimed their 14th consecutive Liberty League regular season and tournament titles. William Smith advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Fifth-year seniors, Keogh, McQuillen, Adams and Hinrichs guided William Smith’s offense to a historic season. William Smith’s 84 goals, 66 assists and 234 points were all second on William Smith’s single-season lists.

The Herons entered the NCAA tournament ranked in the top 10 in the nation in several offensive categories. They were fourth in the nation assists per game (3.06) and sixth in points per game (10.61) and scoring offense (3.78). The 2021 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year, Keogh started all 22 games this season. She led the team with 22 goals and 50 points, both William Smith season records. Keogh was fourth on the team with six assists. She recorded at least one point in 18 of the 22 games and had a goal in 13 of the final 15 games of the season. Keogh started the year with a bang, matching the Herons’ single-game record with eight points (3g, 2a) against Oneonta. She also recorded multi-goal games in wins over Arcadia, Union, Rensselaer and RIT. A three-year starter, Keogh appeared in 84 games during her career. She registered 101 points on 40 goals and 21 assists. A first team All-Liberty League selection this year, Keogh is one of eight Herons to record 100 career points. She is tied for sixth on the all-time list in goal, is seventh in points and tied for 10th in assists.

A two-time All-Liberty League selection, McQuillen started all 22 games for the Herons this fall. She led the team with 11 assists and was second with 11 goals and 33 points. McQuillen matched her career-high with four points on two goals in a 3-0 win over Clarkson. She scored a goal and an assist in William Smith’s come from behind victory over Misericordia in the third round of the NCAA tournament. McQuillen had three assists in the season-opening win over the Red Dragons. McQuillen started 63 of the 87 games she played in during her career. She recorded 84 points on 29 goals and 26 assists in four seasons. McQuillen is fifth on the all-time assists list, 13th in career points and tied for 19th in career goals. Keogh and McQuillen are the fifth duo to record 30 points in the same season in program history and the first since Evie Manning ’18 (33) and Megan Barwick ’19 (31) did it in 2017.

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In 1992, William Smith had three players record 30-plus points, Ally Shirtz ’94 (34), Ann Haggerty ’93 (32) and Jill Spring ’94 (32). Adams earned all-region honors for the second time. She started all 22 games this year, posting 19 points on seven goals and five assists. Adams was fifth on the team in goals and points. She had a career-high two goals and five points against Oneonta. Adams added a goal and an assist in wins over RIT and Union. She set up Keogh’s record-breaking goal against Hamilton. A 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-America second team selection, Adams played in 77 career games, starting 61. She recorded 35 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. A first team All-Liberty League selection, Hinrichs started all 22 games. The Liberty League Tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer was third on the team with 21 points. She scored seven goals and had seven assists. Hinrichs had three game-winning goals, including the decisive goal in the Liberty League championship game against Ithaca. She also scored the game-winning goal in the regular-season meeting against the Bombers. Hinrichs had a season-high three points on a goal and an assist in four games this fall. Hinrichs stared 61 of the 69 career games that she played, recording 50 points on 17 goals and 16 assists.

Keogh, McQuillen, Adams and Hinrichs led the Herons to a 76-9-3 overall record in their four seasons on campus. They won four straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles and made four trips to the NCAA tournament, including a runner-up finish in 2019. Their 76 wins are tied for third most by a graduating class.