Three different Herons scored as the William Smith College field hockey team bounced back with a 3-0 win over Houghton University this evening on McCooey Field. The Herons move to 6-5 on the season while the Highlanders suffer their second loss of the season and fall to 8-2.
William Smith outshot Houghton 18-2 and added an 11-1 edge in shots on goal. Senior Libby Maxwell led the Herons with three points on a goal and an assist. She added three shots in the contest, landing two on target. Junior Rebecca Mantione chipped in six shots on the night, landing two on target.
- William Smith opened the scoring 2:29 into the first quarter. After a scrum at the top of the arc, graduate student Kate Barillafired off a shot which was saved by the Highlanders goalie. The rebound deflected high up to the stick of Maxwell, who batted the ball into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
- The Herons extended their lead 7:56 into the second quarter. Senior Sofia Pattillo picked off a ball near the half field line. She and graduate student Mackenzie Wodka rushed down the field with speed, resulting with Wodka taking a backhand shot that lofted over the shoulder of the Highlanders goalie. Wodka’s first goal of the season would make it a 2-0 game.
- Midway through the fourth quarter, the Herons earned their seventh penalty corner of the game. Maxwell passed the ball to graduate student Mary Kate Breward, who wound up and placed a driven ball past the Highlanders goalie into the back of the net, making it a 3-0 game with 7:52 left to play.
- Senior’s Kristen McCormick and Brittany Foster split time evenly. The two combined for one save through 60 minutes of play. Annika Galen ended the game with eight saves for the Highlanders. McCormick moves to 5-3 on the season, while Galen is now 6-1.
William Smith will be back in action Saturday when it welcomes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to Geneva for a Liberty League contest. Action between the Herons and the Engineers is set for 2 p.m. on McCooey Field. Saturday will also be William Smith field hockey’s “kids’ day” to help spread the game in the Geneva community.