The nationally-ranked William Smith College lacrosse team exploded for a season-high 24 goals as it rolled to a 24-3 victory over Vassar College on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium this afternoon. With the victory, the Herons wrap up the regular season with a 15-1 overall record and a perfect 10-0 record in conference play.
With today’s win, William Smith clinched its eighth Liberty League regular season title. The Herons will host next weekend’s conference championship.
Allie McGinty led all players with eight points on four goals and four assists. Molly Davis matched her with four goals. Maddie Montgomery added six points on three goals and three assists. Payton McMahon had a game-high seven draw controls and added five points on three goals and two assists. Kelsie Worth finished with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Maura Smeader and Mady Dicks each played 30 minutes in goal.
The Brewers (4-11, 2-8) had three different goal scorers. Emma Torkelson leads the team with two points. Maddy Kretten had four draw controls.
The teams traded goals in the first minute. Davis opened the scoring with her 23rd goal of the season 31 seconds into the game. Twenty-two seconds later, Elizabeth Kendrick tucked home a free position shot for her second goal of the season. That was as close as Vassar would get as William Smith rattled off the game’s next eight goals. Montgomery accounted for three of the goals during the run, extending her team lead to 57 on the season. She is now tied for seventh on the Heron’s single-season list with Kristen McCarthy ’96. Davis scored twice to complete her fourth hat trick of the season. McGinty, Murphy, and Katherine Murray added goals during the stretch. Torkelson snapped the run with her sixth goal of the year. Ashley Roberts picked up an assist on the goal. McGinty added her second goal of the game with 59 seconds left in the frame. It was her 30th goal of the year.
Davis picked up her fourth goal of the game and 26th goal of the season at the 13:21 mark of the second quarter. Just over a minute later, McMahon picked up her 26th goal of the year off of a feed from McGinty. Kaitlin Pellechia gave William Smith a 10-goal lead with her 18th tally of the season. Davis was awarded an assist on the goal. One minute later McMahon slammed home a feed from Montgomery for her second goal of the game. McGinty completed her hat trick with 5:51 remaining in regulation. Her 31st goal of the year was unassisted. With 24 seconds left in the half, Maddie Schleicher pocketed her sixth of the year off a feed from McGinty. It was McGinty’s fourth assist of the game and 48th of the season. She is third on the Herons’ single-season assist list. Amy Hoover ’95 is first and second on the list with 52 and 50 in the 1995 and 1993 seasons, respectively.
William Smith’s offense kept rolling, scoring all six goals of the third quarter. Sixty seconds into the frame, McMahon completed her hat trick. Her 28th goal of the year was assisted by Montgomery. Just under two minutes later, McGinty notched her fourth goal and eighth point of the game. She now has 80 points on the season and is tied for 10th on the single-season list with Heather Dwinell ’90, who had 80 points in 1988. Katherine Murray pocketed her second goal of the game with 9:28 left in the third quarter. Her 33rd goal of the season was assisted by Maggie Mulvaney. Four minutes later Emily Griffin notched her third goal of the game off a feed from Pellechia. Mulvaney and Pellechia rounded out the quarter with goals. Mulvaney’s fifth of the year was unassisted and Griffin was awarded an assist on Pellechia’s tally.
Griffin and Mulvaney added their second goals of the game in the fourth quarter. Kali Ringler scored for the Brewers.
William Smith dominated the score sheet. The Herons held a 36-9 advantage in shots, 18-6 edge in ground balls and a 20-9 advantage in the draw circle. William Smith was 14 of 16 clearing the ball and the Brewers were 10 of 15.
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