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Herons lacrosse rolls over Nazareth 19-5

The nationally-ranked William Smith College lacrosse team cruised to a 19-5 non-conference victory over Nazareth on Stiles Field in the Poole Family Dome Saturday afternoon. With their third straight win, the Herons are now 3-0 to start the season.

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Maddie Montgomery led the charge for William Smith, recording six points on five goals and an assist. Anna Murphy was right behind her with five points on three goals and two assists. Allie McGinty (2g, 2a), Molly Davis (2g, 1a) and Kaitlin Pellechia (3g) also had three-point games. Payton McMahon added two goals and finished the contest with a game-high two caused turnovers and eight draw controls. Katerine Murray had two caused turnovers, a game-high five ground balls and had a pair of goals in the win. Maura Smeader played the opening 30 minutes and made four saves. Mady Dicks came on for the second half and made one save.

The Golden Flyers (0-3) were led by Emma Robinson, who had three goals. Reva Mussi added a goal and an assist in the loss. Seven different players had a ground ball and Emma Parry had a team-high three draw controls. Kate Lawrence started in goal and made five saves in the first half. Emma Prosak made four saves in the second half.

William Smith started the game on a 9-0 run that spanned the first quarter. The Herons built an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes, converting on eight of their first 10 shots of the game. Davis started the offensive onslaught scoring one minute into the game. Her sixth goal of the season was unassisted. Twenty-seven seconds later, Montgomery made it 2-0 with her first goal of the game and seventh tally of the season. Murray gave the Herons a 3-goal lead with her fourth tally of the season. The woman-up goal came with 12:12 left in the first quarter. Montgomery tacked on a second goal 28 seconds later. The Herons extended the lead to five goals with 10:45 left in the first quarter on Kaitlin Pellechia’s second goal of the season. Two minutes later, McMahon scored her sixth goal of the season off a feed from McGinty. Montgomery completed her hat trick with 6:39 left in the first quarter. The goal gave William Smith a 7-0 lead on its eighth shot of the game. McMahon rounded out the first quarter scoring with her seventh goal of the season and second of the game.

Montgomery extended William Smith’s run to nine goals with a woman-down goal just over three minutes into the second quarter. The unassisted tally was her 10th of the season. Nazareth ended the shutout streak when Reva Mussi converted on a free position attempt with 8:36 left in the half. It was her third goal of the season. Just over a minute later, the Herons made it 10-1 on McGinty’s second goal of the season. She fired home the shot from a tight angle along the goal line. Murphy’s second goal of the game gave William Smith a 10-goal lead with 3:29 left in the half. Robinson ended the mini William Smith run with her first goal of the game. She took a feed from Maren Wallace and beat the Heron goalie. Murphy wrapped up the first half, completing her hat trick. McGinty notched an assist on the goal.

Just over a minute into the second half, Davis collected her second goal of the game. She fired home a free-positon shot for her seventh goal of the season. Three minutes later Murray scored to extend William Smith’s lead to 12 goals. Murphy was credited with an assist on the goal. Maggie Vay scored with 8:35 left in the third quarter to bring the Golden Flyers within 11. Pellechia and McGinty scored in the closing stages of the third quarter to give William Smith a 16-3 lead after 45 minutes.

Nazareth opened the fourth quarter with a goal when Robinson notched her second goal of the game with 12:18 left in regulation, burying a feed from Annie Rubel. Montgomery and Murphy answered back for the Herons with their 11th and 10th goals of the season, respectively. The teams traded goals in the final five minutes with Robinson completing her hat trick for Nazareth and Pellechia completing her hat trick for William Smith.

The Herons dominated the stat sheet, finishing with a 39-15 edge in shots, a 17-10 advantage in draw controls and a 17-7 lead in ground balls. William Smith was 12-for-13 clearing the ball and limited Nazareth to eight clears on 13 attempts.