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Daniels, Davis net milestones, Herons race past Yellowjackets 21-8

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  • Kyle Evans 

Senior Molly Davis scored her 100th career goal and sophomore Natalie Daniels recorded her 100th career point as the sixth-ranked William Smith lacrosse team cruised to a 21-8 victory over Rochester in a Liberty League contest at Fauver Stadium this afternoon. With the win, the Herons are now 14-2 overall with an 8-1 mark in conference play.

William Smith’s offensive attack was led by the trio of senior Maddie Montgomery, Davis and Daniels who had five goals each. Montgomery added an assist to finish with a game-high six points. The five goals for Davis were a career-high. Daniels also had a game-high six draw controls. First-year Janey Sypeck had a game-high three caused turnovers and scooped up two ground balls. Junior Maura Smeader played 56 minutes in goal and made four saves. She had a game-high five ground balls.

Rochester (8-7, 5-4) was led by Emily Schillinger (3g) and Gracie Giannettino (1g, 2a), who had three points each. Alyssa Gorny had four draw controls for the Yellowjackets and Grace Crochiere had five ground balls. Ava Saffren played all 60 minutes in goal and made five saves.

STREAKING

  • With a goal and four assists in today’s game, senior Allie McGinty extended her point streak to 59 games.
  • William Smith has won 10 straight games against Rochester.

KEY STATS

  • The Herons finished the game with a 33-17 advantage in shots and an 18-13 edge in ground balls.
  • Rochester had a slight 16-15 advantage in the draw circle.
  • William Smith was 19-of-20 clearing the ball and the Yellowjackets were 11-for-16.

MILESTONES

  • With hat tricks in the first half of today’s game, both Davis and Daniels hit career milestones. Davis’ third goal of the game was the 100th of her career. Daniels joined the 100-point club.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • The Herons opened the scoring just under a minute into the game. Junior Katherine Murray bounced a shot past Saffren for her 17th goal of the season.
  • Rochester tied the game on their next possession when Anna Rogers dunked home a feed from Crochiere. It was her 28th goal of the year.
  • With 11:48 remaining in the opening frame Davis scored on a free position attempt for her 19th goal of the season.
  • Rochester tied the game at two with 5:30 left in the quarter on Gorny’s free position goal. It was her 40th of the season.
  • William Smith rattled off three straight goals to take a 5-2 lead with 1:52 remaining in the opening quarter. Daniels started the run with her 44th goal of the year. Ninety seconds later, McGinty pocketed her 18th goal of the year on a feed from Montgomery. With 1:57 left in the frame, senior Emily Griffin scored on a free position shot. It was her fourth goal of the year.
  • Rochester scored two of the final three goals of the quarter. Giannettino and Schillinger were credited with the goals.
  • Sophomore Jess Finnerty scored on a feed from McGinty for her sixth goal of the year.
  • William Smith seized control of the game scoring seven straight goals to start the second quarter. Davis started the run, scoring her second and third goals of the game in the first four minutes of the frame. Her 20th goal of the year was a free position goal. McGinty assisted her hat trick goal.
  • With 10:40 left in the half, Daniels slammed home a pass from McGinty for her 45th goal of the season. Two minutes later, first-year Kira Fulton scored on a free position attempt. It was her fourth goal of the year. Murray extended the run with a free position of her own, giving William Smith an 11-4 lead.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick with just over two minutes remaining in the half. The unassisted goal was her 46th of the season.
  • Jenna Ufberg and Emily Schillinger scored for the Yellowjackets and Daniels tacked on a goal with 18 seconds remaining to make it 13-6 William Smith after 30 minutes.
  • The Herons scored nine unanswered goals to start the second half, including all seven in the third quarter. Montgomery had a natural hat trick to open the third quarter. The three unassisted goals brought her season total to 53 goals. Davis and Daniels scored the next two goals. It was their 22nd and 48th goals of the year, respectively. Montgomery added two more goals before the quarter was up. Her 54th goal of the year was a woman-up goal and Alexandra Tapia assisted her 55th.
  • Davis opened the fourth quarter with her fifth goal of the game.
  • Regi Merkin and Schillinger rounded out the scoring.

UP NEXT

William Smith will be back in action next Saturday, April 27, when it welcomes Vassar to Boswell Field. Opening draw is scheduled for noon.