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#2 Herons outlast Saints 12-8

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  • Kyle Evans 

William Smith junior goalie Maura Smeader made 10 saves as the second-ranked Herons defeated St. Lawrence 12-8 in a defensive battle at Hall-Leet Stadium this afternoon. The Herons and Saints combined for 23 caused turnovers in a key Liberty League battle in the North Country.

Sophomore Natalie Daniels had a game-high four points on three goals and an assist. She also had a game-high seven draw controls. Senior Maddie Montgomery added a hat trick. Junior Nicole Pio led William Smith with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Smeader had a ground ball to go along with her 10 saves. It was the fourth time this season she made 10 or more saves in a game. With today’s win, Smeader now has 48 for her career. She is second on William Smith’s career list behind Rebecca Splain ’04. 

The Saints had four players who had two points each. Liz Evans had two goals while Morgan Arakelian, Jessica LaPlaca and Neve Ley had a goal and an assist each. Levy also had a team-high five draw controls, two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Haley Sundstrom and Kelsey O’Brien led the way with a game-high three caused turnovers each. Courtney Lynn played all 60 minutes in goal and made four saves.


  • William Smith improves to 10-0 overall with a 4-0 mark in Liberty League play.
  • St. Lawrence is 2-7 overall with a 2-2 mark in conference play.


  • With a goal and an assist in the game, Senior Allie McGinty extended her point streak to 53 games.
  • Montgomery extended her goal-scoring streak to 47 games. That tally includes 18 straight multi-goal games.


  • William Smtih finished the game with a 23-21 edge in shots on goal.
  • The Saints had a slight 14-13 advantage in ground balls.
  • Both teams won 12 draw controls
  • William Smith was 16-for-17 on its clear attempts and St. Lawrence was 15-for-19.
  • The Herons were 7-for-7 on free position attempts.


  • The Saints opened the scoring 51 seconds into the game. Arakelian collected a pass from Ley and slipped a shot past Smeader.
  • Just over a minute later, Montgomery converted on a free position attempt for her 37th goal of the season.
  • McGinty gave William Smith a 2-1 lead with 10:22 remaining in the opening quarter when she bounced home a pass from Daniels. It was McGinty’s 12th goal of the season.
  • St. Lawrence tied the game 45 seconds later. Ellie Camp ripped a shot past Smeader. Caroline Hamilton was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • The Herons scored the next four goals to take a 6-2 lead with 12:51 left in the first half. Daniels started the run with her 28th goal of the season. She beat a defender and slipped a shot across the goal line. With 3:29 remaining in the opening quarter Katherine Murrayconverted on a free position attempt for her eighth goal of the season. Molly Davis added a free position goal with 96 seconds left in the frame. It was her 14th goal of the season. Daniels added her 29th goal of the season to conclude the run.
  • Evans and Ley scored 48 seconds apart to cut into the deficit, but the Saints could not pull closer than two goals. Evans’ woman-up goal was assisted by Jessica LaPlaca. Ley’s goal was a free position attempt.
  • Davis and Montgomery rounded out the opening 30 minutes with free position goals for the Herons. Davis’ goal was her 15th goal of the season and Montgomery’s was her 38th tally of the year and was a woman-up goal.
  • The defenses turned it up a gear in the third quarter with eight caused turnovers in the frame. The Saints scored two of the three goals in the quarter to make it 9-6 with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
  • Phoebe Spaeth fired home a free-position shot five minutes into the frame. It was a woman-up goal
  • Seven minutes later, sophomore Hannah Evans fired home a pass from McGinty for her 16th goal of the year. It was a woman-up goal.
  • LaPlaca added a goal with 1:13 left in the frame.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick 19 seconds into the fourth quarter. Her 30th goal of the season was a free-position goal.
  • St. Lawrence again closed the gap to two goals with 10:42 left in regulation. The Saints had goals from Evans and Kelsey Roth.
  • Montgomery iced the game with her 39th goal of the season. Murray was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • Murray then rounded out the scoring with 2:22 remaining in regulation. Her ninth goal of the season was unassisted.

William Smith will be back in action tomorrow, April 6, when it takes on Clarkson in Potsdam, New York. Opening draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.