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#7 Cardinals clip #2 Herons 13-10

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  • Kyle Evans 

The second-ranked William Smith lacrosse team was edged by seventh-ranked Wesleyan 13-10 in a top-10 clash on the Cardinals’ Smith Field this afternoon. With the loss, the Herons fall to 12-2 on the season.

Three Herons finished the game with three points. Sophomore Natalie Daniels and seniors Maddie Montgomeryand Allie McGinty had a goal and an assist each. Junior Katherine Murray, senior Molly Davis and sophomore Taryn Luzi all scored twice. Daniels also led William Smith with three draw controls and five ground balls. Three Herons had two caused turnovers. Junior Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal and made eight saves.

Wesleyan (10-2) was led by Olivia Lai, who had six goals. Bridget Horst won a game-high nine draw controls. Mave Olson and Molly Simon led Wesleyan with five ground balls each. Izzy Weintraub played all 60 minutes in goal for the Cardinals and made nine saves.


  • With three points in today’s game, McGinty extended her point streak to 57 games.


  • The Cardinals finished the game with a 30-26 edge in shots, a 22-19 advantage in ground balls and won the battle in the draw circle 15-11.
  • The Herons were 22-for-24 clearing the ball and Wesleyan was 17-for-19 on its clear attempts.


  • Wesleyan opened the scoring just over a minute into the game. Kiara Tangney picked up a rebound and flipped a shot past Smeader for her 14th goal of the season.
  • William Smith tied the game with 9:33 remaining in the first quarter. Murray collected a pass from Montgomery and ripped a shot past the Wesleyan goalie for her 12th goal of the season.
  • The Cardinals scored the next two games to take a 3-1 lead with 6:45 left in the opening frame. Lai scored her first of six goals on a free position attempt. Two minutes later Molly Greer scored a woman-up off a feed from Becca Dibble. It was Lai and Greer’s 33rd and 15th goals of the season, respectively.
  • Following a timeout, William Smith quickly tied it up on goals from McGinty and Daniels.  McGinty’s 14th goal of the season was assisted by Daniels and Daniels’ 40th goal of the season was on a free position attempt.
  • Laura Baine gave Wesleyan a 4-3 lead after 15 minutes with her 33rd goal of the year.
  • One minute into the second quarter, sophomore Hannah Evans scored a woman-down goal off a pass from McGinty. Her 18th goal of the season was assisted by McGinty.
  • With 8:13 left in the half, Luzi notched her fifth goal of the year to give William Smith a 5-4 lead.
  • Lai scored a pair of woman-up goals to give Wesleyan a 6-5 lead with 4:12  left in the second quarter.  They were her 34th and 35th goals of the season and started a 9-1 run for the Cardinals.
  • Wesleyan scored five of the six goals in the third quarter to take control of the game.
  • Five minutes into the second half, Annabel Cincotta’s second goal of the season gave the Cardinals a 7-5 lead. Greer collected an assist on the goal. One minute later, Lai notched her fourth goal of the game on a free position attempt.
  • Murray briefly snapped Wesleyan’s run with a free position goal of her own with 6:55 left in the frame.
  • Gree and Lai scored seventy seconds apart to extend The Cardinals’ lead to 10-6. Greer’s 17th goal of the season was assisted by Sam DeLeo and Lai’s 37th of the year was set up by Greer.
  • Lai completed her third quarter hat trick with her 38th goal of the year. It was set up by Laura Baine.
  • Elle Priesing and Brooke Nelson scored in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals a seven-goal lead. Priesing’s goal was her 15th of the season and Nelson’s goal was her seventh of the year.
  • William Smith scored the game’s final four goals to make it 13-10 but could not get any closer. Davis started the run with her 16th goal of the season. Three minutes later, Montgomery notched her 45th goal of the season off a pass from Daniels. Davis notched her 17th goal of the season with 8:48 left in regulation.
  • With 4:22 remaining in the game, Luzi notched a woman-up off a pass from McGinty. It was her sixth goal of the season.
  • One Minute later Daniels hit a post on a free position shot.

William Smith will be back in action on Wednesday, April 17, when they welcome Rochester Institute of Technology to Boswell Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.