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Murray, Daniels send #9 Herons past #19 Engineers in NCAA opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

William Smith junior Katherine Murray and sophomore Natalie Daniels powered the ninth-ranked Heron lacrosse team to a 12-9 victory over 19th-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a NCAA tournament game on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium this afternoon. With the win, William Smith is now 18-3 on the season.

Murray led the Herons with four goals on two goals and two assists. Her second goal of the game was the 100th goal of her career. Murray also had a game-high three caused turnovers and picked up four ground balls. Daniels had a hat trick in the win. She added two caused turnovers, two ground balls. Daniels also had a William Smith single-game record 13 draw controls. The record-breaking draw control came at the buzzer. Maddie Montgomeryheld the previous record, winning 12 draws on three different occasions. Junior Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal. She made four saves.

MIT (17-5) was led by Ellie Rabenold’s four goals and five points. Alexa Cohen had three caused turnovers while Katie Bell had a game-high five ground balls. Three different Engineers had two draw controls. Pauline Vien played all 60 minutes in goal and made 10 saves.


  • With two goals today, Murray became just the 30th player in program history to reach 100 goals.
  • Daniels moved into fourth on William Smith’s career draw control list with 184. Three of William Smith’s top four draw control winners are on this year’s team, Maddie Montgomery (313) and Molly Davis (263) are first and second, respectively.


  • With two goals in today’s game, senior Allie McGinty extended her point streak to 64 games.
  • William Smith has won a nation’s best 41 consecutive games at home.


  • William Smith finished the game with a 31-18 advantage in shots and won the battle in the draw circle 17-7. MIT had a 19-18 edge in ground balls.
  • The Herons were 15-for-17 on its clear attempts and MIT was 17-for-23.


  • Both teams started the game strong on defense. William Smith forced a shot clock violation on MIT’s first possession and the Engineers forced a turnover early in the game.
  • MIT finally broke through for the game’s first goal just over six minutes into the game. Rabenold fired home a woman-up goal to break the deadlock. Nina Petulla was awarded an assist on Rabenold’s 67th goal of the season.
  • William Smith tied the game just over a minute later, when Daniels beat Vien for her 65th goal of the year.
  • The Engineers scored the final two goals of the opening frame in the final three minutes. Gwen Flusche collected a pass from Ashely Thomas for her 15th goal of the year. Thomas then scored her 79th goal of the year to give MIT a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes.  
  • Six minutes into the second quarter, Rabenold added her second of the game. The unassisted goal was her 68th of the season and gave the Engineers a 4-1 lead.
  • William Smith flipped the script in the closing stages of the half, scoring the next four goals Montgomery started the run with her 71st goal of the season. Just over a minute later, Murray notched her 24th goal of the season. Both goals were unassisted strikes. Murray tied the game 4-4 with her 25th goal of the year. First-year Janey Sypeck was awarded an assist on the goal. It was Sypeck’s first collegiate point. Daniels gave William Smith a 5-4 lead with 2:16 left in the half with her 66th goal of the season.
  • Julianne Flusche opened the second half with her 44th goal of the year. Rabenold was awarded an assist on the goal that tied the game at five.
  • McGinty and Davis helped William Smith regain the lead, scoring 18 seconds apart. McGinty’s goal was unassisted and Davis collected a pass from Murray and scored on an underhanded shot. It was both players’ 30th goal of the season.
  • With 10:21 remaining in the frame, Rabenold completed her hat trick, bringing the Engineers within one, but that would be as close as they would get.
  • Two minutes later, McGinty scored a free position goal for her second tally of the day. Sophomore Taryn Luzi made it 9-6 with 4:53 left in the third quarter, firing home a pass from Murray.
  • Rabenold notched her 70th goal of the year and Maddie Montgomery scored woman-up to round out the third quarter.
  • Daniels completed her hat trick just under three minutes into the fourth quarter. Her 67th goal of the year gave William Smith an 11-7 lead. Montgomery also completed her hat trick in the final frame. It was her 73rd goal of the year.
  • MIT scored the game’s final two goals. Gwen Flusche and Meredith Arterburn were credited with the tallies.

William Smith will be back in action on Saturday, May 18, when it takes on Gettysburg in the third round of the NCAA tournament.