The William Smith College field hockey team fell 3-1 to Vassar College this afternoon in a Liberty League matchup on the road. The Herons fall to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Brewers move to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the Liberty League.
Vassar outshot William Smith 10-5 and held an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. The Herons produced five penalty corners compared to the Brewers’ four. Five different Herons registered one shot on the afternoon, with graduate student Mackenzie Wodka, senior Libby Maxwell and junior Rebecca Mantione each landing one on target.
- Vassar opened the scoring 9:23 into the contest after a William Smith defensive turnover led to a penalty stroke opportunity for the Brewers. Sofia Beseth converted the chance, giving Vassar an early 1-0 lead.
- The Brewers maintained the momentum through the remainder of the first half, keeping the Herons to zero shots in the half.
- William Smith responded in the third quarter, firing off five shots and earning all five of its penalty corners.
- The Herons got on the board in the 41st minute after being awarded a penalty corner. Maxwell sent the ball to Mantione who fired off a shot right away. Mantione’s shot deflected off of Maxwell’s stick to beat the Brewer goalie and tie the game at 1-1.
- 2:35 into the final quarter, the Brewers would regain the lead. Beseth sent a ball across the cage that found the stick of Tori Baker who poked a shot past senior Brittany Foster.
- William Smith pushed numbers forward for the remainder of the contest, trying to grab a game-tying-goal. Vassar grabbed an insurance goal with under two minutes remaining against the run of play as Beseth grabbed her second assist of the game when she found Jaclyn Narleski cutting in front of the cage.
- Foster played all 60 minutes in goal for the Herons, posting four saves on the afternoon. She is now 1-2 on the season.
William Smith will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 5, when it welcomes Houghton University to Geneva for a non-conference matchup. Action between the Herons and the Highlanders is set for 6 p.m. on McCooey Field.