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Murray records 100th career point, Herons race past Thoroughbreds 13-4

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  • Kyle Evans 

The second-ranked William Smith lacrosse team scored the final eight goals of the game as it knocked off Skidmore 13-4 in a Liberty League contest on Boswell Field this afternoon. With her second goal of the game, senior attacker Katherine Murray recorded her 100th career point. She is the 43rd Heron to reach that milestone.

Sophomore midfielder Natalie Daniels recorded five goals to lead the Herons (9-0, 3-0). She also had three ground balls and four draw controls. Murray (3g, 1a) and senior Allie McGinty (2g, 2a) also had four-point games. Senior Kate Risley and juniors Nicole Pio and Livvy Von Heill had two caused turnovers each. Junior Maura Smeaderplayed all 60 minutes in goal. She made eight saves and had a game-high five ground balls.

Skidmore (4-6, 2-2) was led by Grace deBenedictis, who had a goal and an assist. Maeve McKinley had a team-high four draw controls.  Liz Kazanjian played all 60 minutes in goal and made 15 saves.

KEY STATS

  • William Smith finished the game with a 44-20 advantage in shots and an 11-10 edge in draw controls. The Herons won the ground ball battle 22-14.
  • William Smith was 23-for-25 clearing the ball while Skidmore was 15-for-20.

STREAKING

  • With this afternoon’s win, the Herons extended their home winning streak to 36 games.
  • McGinty extended her point streak to 52 games with four points against Skidmore.
  • It took until the second half, but Maddie Montgomery extended her goal-scoring streak to 46 straight games. That tally includes 17 straight multi-goal games.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • William Smith opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game. Murray dodged around her defender and ripped a shot past Kanajian for her fifth goal of the year.
  • Lily Schwartzman tied the game with three minutes left in the frame. Schwartzman collected her 11th goal of the season off a feed from deBenedictis.
  • The Herons rattled off the next four goals. Murray started the run with her sixth goal of the season. She fired home a free position attempt for her 100th career point.
  • McGinty scored the game’s next goal. She rolled to the front of the cage and snuck a shot across the goal line. It was her 10th goal of the season.
  • Daniels scored the next two goals to make it 5-1. Her 23rd and 24th goals of the season were unassisted.
  • Skidmore began to claw back, recording three straight goals. deBenedictis closed out the first quarter with her fourth goal of the season.
  • Maddy Marr converted on a free position attempt to open the third quarter and then Julia Cafassao snuck a shot over the goal line off of a feed from Jillian Lockwood to make it 5-4.  That would be as close as the Thoroughbreds would get.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick with 11:29 remaining in the third quarter. It started an eight-goal run for William Smith to close out the game. Four minutes later she scored again. Her 26th goal of the season was an unassisted tally.
  • Montgomery extended the lead to four goals with her 35th goal of the season, converting on a free position attempt.
  • With 4:02 remaining in the frame, graduate student Eliza Wild recorded her third goal of the season on a pass from McGinty. Montgomery tacked on a goal off a pass from Murray with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter.
  • Murray completed her hat trick with 7:57 remaining in regulation. Her seventh goal of the year was assisted by McGinty. Eighty-one seconds later McGinty scored on a free position shot to give William Smith a 12-4 lead.
  • Daniels concluded the scoring with her 27th goal of the year.

UP NEXT

William Smith will be back in action on Friday, April 5, when it heads to the North Country to take on St. Lawrence. It begins a five-game road trip for the Herons, their longest of the season.