For the second straight game, the William Smith College lacrosse team handed a Liberty League opponent its first loss of the season. The Herons, who were ranked seventh in the IL Women/IWLCA Coaches poll and fourth in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine poll, used an 8-1 run in the second half to hand St. Lawrence, which was ranked 25th in the coaches poll and 16th in the media poll, its first loss of the season. With the 13-5 win at Hall-Leet Stadium this afternoon, William Smith is now 6-1 overall this season and 2-0 in Liberty League play.
With three goals in today’s contest, senior midfielder Anna Murphy became the 24th Heron to record 100 goals. She added an assist to finish the game with four points. Maddie Montgomery had a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Allie McGinty logged a pair of assists and scored a goal, compiling three points in the contest. Montgomery and Molly Davis had a game-high five draw controls in the victory and Davis had a game-high five ground balls.
William Smith’s defense was on its game again, limiting the Saints to a season-low five goals and 18 shots. St. Lawrence came into the game averaging a league-best 17 goals per game. Davis, Liza Diffley and Kelsie Worth led the defensive effort for the Herons recording three caused turnovers each. Payton McMahon added two caused turnovers. William Smith logged a season-high 14 caused turnovers in the contest. Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal and made eight saves.
Callie O’Neil and Rachel Burke led the way for St. Lawrence (7-1, 2-1) with two goals each. Isabel Silvia had a game-high four caused turnovers and had four draw controls. Raelynn Bovenzi made a season-high 14 saves in 60 minutes of action. She also had a team-high three ground balls.
William Smith opened the scoring just over three minutes into the first quarter. Montgomery fired home a free position shot for her 18th goal of the season. Just over a minute later, the Saints tied the game. O’Neil bounced home a shot from directly in front of the cage for her eighth goal of the season. The Herons continued applying pressure in the first quarter, but Bovenzi was the difference maker, finishing the opening quarter with five saves. William Smith also benefited from 10 St. Lawrence turnovers in the first 15 minutes.
After the quarter break, the Herons wasted little time taking a 2-1 lead 11 seconds into the frame. Katherine Murray fired home a pass from McMahon for her 12th goal of the season. A little over a minute later, Murphy bounced home a shot for her first goal of the game. Davis was credited with an assist on the goal. McMahon gave William Smith a 4-1 lead with 9:34 remaining in the half. Her 14th goal of the season was unassisted. Burke scored back-to-back goals for St. Lawrence to make it 4-3. The goals were her 14th and 15th of the season, respectively. With 13 seconds remaining in the half, Kaitlin Pellechia notched her eighth goal of the season off of a feed from McGinty.
Charlotte Powell opened the scoring in the second half beating Smeader with a free position shot. It was her 10th goal of the season. That was as close as St. Lawrence would get as William Smith scored eight of the game’s next nine goals to put the contest out of reach. Montgomery started the run with her second goal of the game. Right after a timeout, Montgomery dodged around a defender and fired a shot into the back of the net. Three minutes later, Montgomery completed the hat trick with her 20th goal of the season. Ten seconds later, McGinty pocketed her eighth goal of the season off of a feed from Murphy.
A minute into the fourth quarter, O’Neil made it 8-5. She bounced home a free position shot for her ninth goal of the season. Davis gave William Smith a four-goal lead with 12:21 left in regulation. Her 11th goal of the season was assisted by Montgomery. With 7:27 remaining in the game, Murphy collected a pass from Montgomery and beat Bovenzi for her 19th goal of the season. It was the 100th goal of her career. The Herons added three goals in the final three minutes of the game to round out the scoring. Montgomery, Murphy and Murray had the final three goals.
William Smith finished the game with a 36-18 advantage in shots on goal and a 24-14 advantage in ground balls. Both teams won 11 draws. William Smith was 23 of 25 on clear attempts and St. Lawrence was 22 of 26 clearing the ball.
The Herons will be back in action Wednesday, March 30, when it plays St. John Fisher in the first game of a three-game homestand. Opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.