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Huston, Mantione score twice as Herons soar past Engineers 4-0

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  • Kyle Evans 

The William Smith College field hockey team defeated RPI 4-0 this afternoon in a Liberty League matchup on McCooey Field. The Herons move to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Engineers fall to 3-9 with a 0-4 mark in the Liberty League.

William Smith outshot RPI 24-2 and held a 15-1 edge in shots on goal. The Herons also held a 13-2 edge in penalty corners in the conference matchup.

Juniors Hannah Huston and Rebecca Mantione led William Smith with four points on two goals each this afternoon. Mantione fired off eight shots in the contest, landing six on target while Huston capitalized on both of her chances in the game.

MATCH MOMENTS:

  • William Smith opened the scoring just 4:05 into the game. Huston recorded her first goal of the season after receiving a pass from sophomore Lily Gutch.
  • The Herons extended their lead 7:33 into the second half after Gutch fired off a shot that slipped through the Engineers goalies’ legs. The loose ball was recovered by Huston, who fired a shot into the back of the cage for her second of the day.
  • William Smith kept the pressure on through the remainder of the third quarter and would find the back of the cage yet again. Mantione fired a backhanded shot past the goalie with less than a minute remaining in the quarter to give the Herons a 3-0 lead. Senior Cora Nagle was credited with the assist.
  • Mantione wouldn’t stop there as she recorded her second goal of the game just 23 seconds into the final quarter. Senior Sofia Pattillofound the stick of Rebecca Mantione who fired off a shot past the Engineer goalie for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
  • Senior goalie Kristen McCormick played 45 minutes in goal for the Herons, recording one save in the win. Senior Brittany Foster played the final 15 minutes and didn’t face a single shot in the contest. McCormick is now 6-3 on the season.

COACHES CORNER:

“The Herons played with a lot of tenacity today and we maintained control of the play in our attack for a majority of the game,” said Head Coach Sophie Riskie ’07. “We saw some great individual efforts of players diving for balls and working exceptionally hard throughout the game. I’m really proud of the total team defensive effort to hold RPI to just two shots and no goals.” 

UP NEXT:

William Smith will be back in action Friday, Oct. 13, when it welcomes Ithaca College to Geneva for a Liberty League matchup. The game is set for 4 p.m. on McCooey Field.