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Seniors guide Herons past Vassar 24-3

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  • Kyle Evans 

The seventh-ranked William Smith lacrosse team cruised to a 24-3 victory over Vassar in a Liberty League contest on Boswell Field this afternoon. On senior day, six members of the Class of 2024 scored a goal, accounting for 14 goals.

William Smith was led by senior Allie McGinty, who had a career-high nine points on three goals and six assists. It was the most points by a Heron since Hannah Connolly had nine, also against Vassar, on April 11, 2014. Fellow senior Emily Griffin also notched a career-high, recording six points on three goals and three assists. It was her first collegiate hat trick. Senior Maddie Montgomery and sophomore Natalie Daniels had a game-high four goals. Montgomery had a game-high nine draw controls and three ground balls. Junior Maura Smeader played 51 minutes in goal. She made two saves. Senior Madison Dicks played the final nine minutes.

Vassar was led by Emilia DiLiberto and Tess Billings who had two points each. Billings scored twice and DiLiberto had a goal and an assist. DiLiberto also had seven draw controls. Lauren Johns played all 60 minutes in goal and made 11 saves.

FOR THE RECORD

  • William Smith improves to 15-2 overall with a 9-1 record in Liberty League play. The Herons are locked into the No. 2 spot in the league tournament.
  • Vassar concludes its season with a 3-12 overall record.  

KEY STATS

  • William Smith finished with a 41-8 advantage in shots, won the ground ball battle 15-5 and had the 20-11 edge in the draw circle.
  • William Smith was 13-for-14 clearing the ball and the Brewers were 4-for-10 on clear attempts.

STREAKING

  • With nine points today, McGinty extended her point streak to 60 games.
  • William Smith has won a nation’s best 37 consecutive games at home.
  • This is the Herons’ third straight game scoring 20-plus goals.

MILESTONE

  • With seven draw controls in the first half, Montgomery became the first Heron to record 300 career draw controls.
  • With six assists in today’s game, McGinty now has 43 helpers on the year. She is one of two Herons to have three 40-plus assist seasons during her career.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • William Smith started the game, scoring the first four goals. Daniels scored twice during the run. Her first goal of the game was unassisted and her second was set up by junior Katherine Murray. The goals were Daniels’ 49th and 50th of the season. Senior Molly Davis scored on a free position attempt for her 24th goal of the year and Montgomery notched her 56th goal of the year.
  • Billings interrupted the run, notching her 23rd goal of the season firing home a pass from Reilly Mulcahy.
  • The Herons rattled off the next seven goals to put the game into running time with 9:40 left in the half. McGinty put her mark on the game assisting on four of the seven goals during the run. She set up Montgomery’s 57th goal of the season to kick off the run. Daniels completed her hat trick with 57 seconds remaining in the opening frame off a feed from McGinty. Griffin added two goals in the final eight 18 seconds of the quarter. Her fifth goal of the season was set up by McGinty and sixth was assisted by Daniels.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick just over a minute into the second quarter on an unassisted goal. Twenty-two seconds later, Montgomery bounced home a free position shot to complete her hat trick. With 9:40 left in the half, Davis fired home a pass from McGinty for her 25th goal of the year.
  • Vassar momentarily halted the Herons’ run when Billings notched her 24th goal of the year. DiLiberto had an assist on the tally.
  • Sophomores Taryn Luzi and Delaney Cassidy and Griffin added goals to give William Smith a 14-2 lead at the halftime break. Luzi’s and Griffin’s seventh goals of the season were unassisted. Cassidy’s fourth goal of the year was set up by Griffin.
  • McGinty and Montgomery extended the run to five goals with tallies to open the second half. McGinty’s 19th of the year was assisted by Murray and Montgomery’s team-leading 59th goal of the year was set up by Griffin.
  • DiLiberto notched her 20th goal of the season to make it 16-3 at the midway point of the third quarter.
  • The Herons closed out the game on an 8-0 run. Senior Maddie Schleicher started the run with her fourth goal of the year. It was assisted by McGinty. First-year Kira Fulton also scored on a pass from McGinty. It was her fifth goal of the year. One minute later, McGinty bounced home a pass from Montgomery.
  • Junior Kate Colvin opened the fourth quarter with her third goal of the season. Four minutes later Fulton added her sixth goal of the year off a feed from Davis. McGinty concluded her hat trick with 6:26 left in regulation on an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, Fulton completed her hat trick. She intercepted a clearing pass and fired a shot past Johns for her seventh goal and first collegiate hat trick. Senior Elizabeth MacMurray rounded out the scoring with her third goal of the year.

UP NEXT

William Smith will be back in action on Tuesday, April 30, when it hosts a Liberty League first round game on Boswell Field.