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#2 Herons remain unbeaten with 15-9 win over RPI

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  • Kyle Evans 

The second-ranked William Smith lacrosse team extended its win streak to seven straight to begin the season with a 15-9 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this afternoon in a Liberty League matchup in the Poole Family Sports Dome. The Herons are 7-0 overall this season with a 2-0 mark in conference play, while the Engineers fall to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Liberty League.

Sophomore Natalie Daniels led William Smith with five points on four goals and one assist. She added three draw controls and one ground ball in the win for the Herons. Senior Allie McGinty also finished with five points this afternoon on three goals and two assists. Senior Maddie Montgomery and junior Katherine Murray chipped in four points each on two goals and two assists. Junior Maura Smeaderplayed all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith and tallied eight saves. She is now 7-0 on the season.

Three players registered three points for the Engineers. Ella Graff and Megan Shay each recorded hat tricks in the loss, while Lauren DeLeo chipped in three points on one goal and two assists. Jenny Canfield played all 60 minutes in net for RPI and recorded 15 saves.  


  • With five points today, McGinty moves to 50 straight games with at least one point.
  • Montgomery has scored in 44 straight games, including 15 straight multigoal games. With her second point of the day, she surpassed Megan Shea ’03 on the all-time career points list. She now sits at 280 career points.


  • William Smith finished the game with a 37-24 advantage in shots, landing 24 on net compared to RPI’s 17.
  • The Engineers held a 14-13 edge in the draw circle.
  • The Herons were 21-for-22 in clear attempts this afternoon while RPI was 18-for-23.
  • William Smith picked up 20 ground balls in the win compared to the Engineer’s 14. Smeader led the way with six while Montgomery chipped in four.


  • Sophomore Hannah Evans opened the scoring for the Herons just under two minutes into the contest. Murray found Evans cutting in front of the net to give William Smith the early lead.
  • Montgomery extended the lead two minutes later with a free position goal.
  • Mia Banglmaier responded for RPI with 6:30 remaining in the first to cut the Herons lead to one.
  • Less than a minute later, senior Molly Davis would strike back off a pass from Daniels for her 10th goal of the season.
  • Graff grabbed one back for the Engineers with 1:26 remaining in the opening quarter. Audrey Silverman was credited with the assist.
  • McGinty opened the scoring in the second quarter after beating her defender one-on-one to notch her first of the day.
  • Less than a minute later, McGinty would find Daniels on a man-up opportunity to extend William Smith’s lead to three.
  • The Herons continued to roll, adding back-to-back goals from McGinty and Daniels to give William Smith a 7-2 lead. Junior Kate Colvinwas credited with the assist on Daniels’ tally.
  • Gabbie Valle would convert for RPI with 53 seconds remaining to end the Herons run.
  • With 25 seconds left in the half, Murray would notch her first goal of the day to give William Smith a five-goal lead. Sophomore Delaney Cassidy was credited with the assist for her first career point as a Heron.
  • The Engineers opened the half with back-to-back goals from Shay and DeLeo to grab the momentum to start the half.
  • Davis fired off her second goal of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third to maintain a four-goal lead for William Smith.
  • RPI responded with three straight goals to pull within one. Shay tallied two while Graff added one in the three-goal span to close out the third quarter down 9-8.
  • The Herons opened the final quarter with four straight goals to regain the multigoal lead. Daniels fired off two while Montgomery and Colvin chipped in one each to grab a 13-8 lead.
  • With 6:36 remaining, Graff converted a free position shot to end William Smith’s run.
  • Murray responded with a free position goal of her own to push the Herons’ lead to five again.
  • With 43 seconds remaining, McGinty closed out the scoring for William Smith after Montgomery found her cutting in front of net to finish off her hat trick.


William Smith will be back in action Wednesday, March 27, when it welcomes nonconference foe, No. 23 St. John Fisher to Geneva. The game is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Boswell Field at David J. Urick Stadium.