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Balanced attack sends #6 Herons past Tigers 21-3

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  • Kyle Evans 

Nine players scored a goal as the sixth-ranked William Smith lacrosse team defeated Rochester Institute of Technology  21-3 in a Liberty League Contest on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium. With the win, the Herons are now 13-2 on the season with a  7-1 record in Liberty League play.

Senior Maddie Montgomeryled the way for William Smith with six points on five goals and an assist. Junior Katherine Murray had a season-high five points on three goals and two assists. Three other Herons had hat tricks in the victory, including senior Allie McGinty, sophomore Natalie Danielsand sophomore Jess Finnerty. Senior Emily Griffin had three assists. Montgomery and Daniels shared team-high honors with four draw controls each. Montgomery was one of four players with two caused turnovers. Seniors Kate Risley and Molly Davis had three ground balls each. Junior Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal and made five saves.

Serafina Kiselgof led the way for the Tigers (6-7, 2-6). She scored two of the team’s three goals. Katherine Killian had a game-high seven draw controls. Ellie Ruddy played all 60 minutes in goal she made nine saves.

STREAKING

  • With four points in today’s game, McGinty extended her point streak to 58 games.
  • The Herons have won a nation’s best 36 consecutive games at home.
  • William Smith has won 13 straight games against RIT.

KEY STATS

  • William Smith dominated the stat sheet in this afternoon’s game. The Herons finished with a 44-10 advantage in shots, a 24-4 advantage in ground balls and a 14-12 edge in draw controls.
  • William Smith was 15-of-18 clearing the ball and the Tigers were 8-for-13 on their clear attempts.

MILESTONE

  • Montgomery continues to write her name in the history books. With five goals tonight, she became the third Heron to have three 50-plus goal seasons. Amy Hoover ’95 did it in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and Kristen McCarthy ’96 did it in 1994, 1995 and 1996.  

SCORING SUMMARY

  • The Herons opened the scoring just over a minute into the game. Delaney Cassidy fired home a shot for her third goal of the season. It was an unassisted tally.
  • Two minutes later, RIT tied the game. Lily DePalma beat Smeadss
  • er for her 26th goal of the season. Carissa Hlywa was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • Montgomery scored the game’s next two goals. Both her 46th and 47th goals of the season were unassisted tallies. With 6:33 left in the first quarter, Allie McGintyscored her 15th goal of the season, giving William Smith a 4-1 lead.
  • Kiselgof buried her 48th goal of the season with 1:13 left in the opening frame to make it 4-2, but that would be as close as the Tigers would get. Hlywa was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • William Smith scored all eight goals in the second quarter to take a 12 -2 lead after 30 minutes.
  • Daniels started the run with her 41st goal of the season. Two minutes later, Mongomery completed her hat trick with her 48th goal of the season. Murray’s 14th goal of the year gave William Smith a 7-2 lead and forced RIT to take a timeout. All three goals were unassisted.
  • Out of the timeout, Montgomery notched her fourth goal of the game. It came on a woman-up opportunity.
  • With 7:23 remaining in regulation, senior Madeline Schleicher notched her third goal of the season off of a feed from Murray. Three minutes later, Murray notched her 15th goal of the year collecting a pass from sophomore Taryn Luzi. Just over a minute later, Montgomery fired home a free position shot for her 50th goal of the year.
  • McGinty gave William Smith a 10-goal lead with 12 seconds left in the half. Her 16th goal of the season was assisted by Montgomery.
  • Kiselgof brought RIT within nine goals three minutes into the second half with her 49th goal of the season.
  • William Smith closed out the game on a 9-0 run. With 11:05 left in the frame, Davis beat the Tiger goalie for her 18th goal of the year. Three minutes later, Daniels scored her 42nd goal of the year off a feed from Murray. Murray completed her hat trick with 6:03 left in the frame to give the Herons a 15-3 lead.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick on a free position shot. It was her 43rd goal of the year. Eliza Wild wrapped up the third quarter with her sixth goal. It was assisted by Griffin.
  • With 11:37 left in regulation, McGinty completed her hat trick with a woman-down goal to give William Smith an 18-3 lead.
  • Finnerty closed out the game with a natural hat trick. Griffin assisted her third and fourth goals of the season. Finnerty scored a behind-the-back goal to give William Smith a 20-3 advantage. She rounded out the day with a free position goal with 3:16 remaining in regulation.  

UP NEXT
William Smith will be back in action on Saturday, April 20, when it takes on Rochester. The Liberty League contest is scheduled to begin at Noon.