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Herons lacrosse rolls to Liberty League title game, 18-8 over Union

William Smith College sophomore Allie McGinty (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven)  broke the Herons’ single-season assists mark as William Smith cruised to an 18-8 victory over Union in a Liberty League semifinal on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium Saturday afternoon. With their 12th straight victory, the Herons are now 16-1 overall.  The Dutchwomen wrap up their season with a 7-10 mark.


McGinty had a game-high eight points, including seven assists. With her fifth assist of the day, McGinty broke Amy Hoover’s record of 52 set in 1995. McGinty now has 55 assists on the season and 60 for her career. She is eighth on William Smith’s all-time assist list. Today was McGinty’s fifth eight-point game of the season. She has 88 points on the year, fifth on the single-season list points list.

Senior Anna Murphy logged a career-high seven goals in the victory. The Paoli, Pennsylvania native had a career-high six goals the last time the Herons played Union two weeks ago. Maddie Montgomery added six points on four goals and two assists. Her 61 goals on the season are tied for fourth on William Smith’s single-season goal list and are the most by a Heron since Gretchen Lasda ’04 scored 62 in the 2004 season. Montgomery added a game-high six draw controls and three caused turnovers. Payton McMahon had three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal and made six saves.

The Dutchwomen were led by Grace Heiting, who had four points on two goals and two assists. Greta Maurer and Drew Charlton also had a pair of goals. Dana Truini logged a game-high four caused turnovers and had two ground balls. Jenna Paszek played the first 45 minutes in the Union goal, making six saves. Hannah Dubinsky played the final 15 minutes and made one save.


The Herons jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter. Maddie Montgomery opened the scoring with a free position goal 71 seconds into the game. Murphy and McGinty traded goals to extend the lead to 3-0. Murphy’s tally was set up by McGinty. McGinty scored an unassisted goal. With 6:06 left in the frame, Heiting got the Dutchwomen on the board with her 60th goal of the season. Kaitlin Pellechia answered 50 seconds later with her 20th goal of the year. McMahon was credited with an assist on the goal.

Murphy opened the second quarter with two goals in less than a minute, extending the William Smith lead to 6-1. Montgomery and McGinty logged assists on the goals. Charlton and Mauer scored for Union to make it 6-3 with 7:02 left in the half, but that would be as close as the Dutchwomen would get. Molly Davis, Murphy and Montgomery added goals, giving William Smith a 9-3 after 30 minutes.

McMahon bookended the third quarter scoring a goal 57 seconds into the frame and one with less than a second remaining in the quarter. McGinty set up McMahon’ first goal of the quarter. Her fourth assist of the game matched Hoover’s record. Heiting scored with 11:27 left in the third to make it a six-goal game, but Murphy and Katherine Murray scored 72 seconds apart to give William Smith a 12-4 lead. McGinty assisted on both goals to break the record. Murphy added two more goals in the quarter off of feeds from Montgomery and McGinty. Charlton and Katie Julien scored for the Dutchwomen.


Montgomery scored twice and Murray scored once early in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Murray’s goal was her 35th of the season.  Anna Smith and Mauer rounded out the game’s scoring late in the fourth quarter.

William Smith finished the contest with a 33-18 edge in shots, a 17-12 advantage in ground balls and an 18-11 edge in draw controls.

The Herons will be back in action Sunday when they take on Ithaca for the Liberty League Championship. The Bombers beat St. Lawrence, 18-9 in the other semifinal. Opening draw for the championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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