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Maggie Speckhart, Herons race past Broncos in NCAA 1st round match

Junior Maggie Speckhart scored a William Smith single-game record five goals as the sixth-ranked Herons cruised to a 12-0 victory over SUNY Delhi in a NCAA tournament first-round game played on Cozzens Field Saturday morning. Five different players scored in the victory for William Smith.

THE RECORDS:

  • Speckhart’s five goals in today’s game set a William Smith record for goals in a game by a player. The previous record of four had been accomplished three times by Joan Grupp ’88, Laura Burnett-Kurie ’08, and Staci Donald ’96.
  • Speckhart added an assist to finish the contest with 11 points, also a Heron record.
  • The 12 goals scored by the Herons were a William Smith record in the NCAA tournament. The Herons scored nine goals in last year’s first-round win over John Jay.

KEY STATS:

  • William Smith finished the contest with a 27-2 advantage in shots on goal and had all four of the matches corner kicks.
  • Speckhart scored her five goals on just six shots.
  • Moira van der Putt added a hat trick in the victory and Seneca Blakely-Armitage added two goals.
  • First-year Ruth Hotaling recorded a goal and three assists in her NCAA tournament debut.

MATCH MOMENTS: 

  • The Herons took command of the game right from the opening whistle.
  • Ava Ruppersberger opened the scoring 92 seconds into the game. Her seventh goal of the season snapped the Herons’ scoreless drought at 474:25 minutes. Hotaling was credited with an assist on the goal.
  • Blakely-Armitage scored the game’s next two goals to extend the lead to 3-0.
  • Moira van der Putt put the game out of reach, recording three goals in four minutes to end the first half.
  • Speckhart scored five of the six goals in the second half, including the first four.
  • Hotaling pocketed her third goal of the season in the 76th minute.

FOR THE FOES:

  • Andraya Hunt played 84 minutes in goal for SUNY DELHI, making three saves.

UP NEXT:

William Smith will be back in action tomorrow, November 13, when they take on 22nd-ranked Tufts. The Jumbos beat Denison 1-0 Saturday afternoon. The second round contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Cozzens Field.



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