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Montgomery records 300th point, #2 William Smith wins 11th straight

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  • Kyle Evans 

The second-ranked William Smith lacrosse team cruised to a 15-8 victory over Clarkson in a Liberty League contest on Hantz Field this afternoon, picking up its 11th straight win to start the year. With four goals this afternoon, senior midfielder Maddie Montgomery became the second Heron in program history to record 300 career points.

Montgomery joins Amy Hoover ’95 in the exclusive club. Hoover, whose goal record Montgomery broke earlier this season, holds the William Smith career records for assists 175 and points 383. She scored 208 goals. Montgomery has 246 goals and 54 assists.

Senior Allie McGinty led William Smith (11-0, 5-0) with six points on a goal and five assists. Sophomore Natalie Danielshad a game-high five goals to go along with Montgomery’s four tallies. Daniels also had a team-high five draw controls. Defensively, five Herons finished the game with two caused turnovers each. First-year Janey Sypeck picked up a team-high three ground balls. Junior Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal and made three saves.

Clarkson (8-3, 2-2) was led by Julia Lavarnway, who had four points on three goals and an assist. Madelynn Barnum and Hailey Millington had two goals each. Millington had a game-high 11 draw controls and Barnum had four caused turnovers. Jennaca McGill played all 60 minutes in goal and made nine saves. She also had a game-high five ground balls.

STREAKING

  • With the six points, McGinty extended her point streak to 54 games.
  • Montgomery has scored a goal in each of her last 48 appearances. That tally includes 19 straight multi-goal games.

KEY STATS

  • William Smith finished the game with a 32-17 advantage in shots. The 17 shots are the fewest Clarkson had attempted all season.
  • The Herons had a 19-15 edge in ground balls, but Clarkson had a 14-11 edge in the draw circle.
  • William Smith was 21-for-22 clearing the ball and Clarkson was 17-for-22.

MATCH SUMMARY

  • Clarkson took a 1-0 lead just over 90 seconds into the game when Barnum converted on a feed from Lavarnway. It was Lavarnway’s Liberty League-leading 49th goal of the season.
  • The Herons responded 30 seconds later when junior Katherine Murray scored her ninth goal of the season off a feed from McGinty. The goal started a seven-goal run for William Smith.
  • Montgomery recorded a hat trick during the stretch, scoring three of the next five goals. Her 40th and 41st goals of the year were unassisted and her 42nd tally was assisted by McGinty.
  • Daniels and Evans also scored in the first quarter to give William Smith a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. Daniels’ 31st goal of the year was unassisted and Evans’ 17th goal was assisted by McGinty.
  • First-year Kayla Quirk scored on a free-position attempt with 8:42 left in the half. It was her second career goal.
  • Lavarnway scored twice to bring the Golden Knights within four goals. Her first tally of the game was assisted by Grace Graney The second was an unassisted goal.
  • The Herons extended the lead to 9-3 with 1:50 remaining in the first half on goals from senior Madeline Schleicher and McGinty. Schleicher’s first goal of the season was on a free position attempt from directly in front of the cage and McGinty’s 13th goal was unassisted.
  • Barnum rounded out the first half with her 50th goal of the year.
  • Daniels scored her second goal of the game and 32nd of the season 90 seconds into the second half.
  • Millington and Lavarnway scored late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-6, but that was as close as Clarkson would get.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick with a woman-up goal with 15 seconds remaining in the frame. The goal came on a brilliant feed from McGinty. It started a four-goal run for William Smtih.
  • Murray, Montgomery and Daniels scored goals in quick succession early in the fourth quarter to give William Smith a 14-6 lead. Murray’s woman-up goal was assisted by McGinty. Montgomery and Daniels’ goals were free position attempts.
  • Millington and Gabby Cranfield scored 60 seconds apart for Clarkson late in regulation, but it was not enough to kick start a comeback.
  • Daniels iced the game with 2:01 remaining in the contest. Her 35th goal of the year was on a free position attempt.  

UP NEXT

William Smith will continue its five-game road trip on Wednesday when it heads to Ithaca to take on the Bombers, which are ranked 20th in the IL Women/IWLCA Poll.  Opening Draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.