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Salisbury tops William Smith in national semifinals

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  • Kyle Evans 

The ninth-ranked William Smith lacrosse team was edged by fifth-ranked Salisbury 13-10 in a national semifinal at Donald J. Kerr Stadium this afternoon. The Herons conclude their season with a 20-4 record.

Senior Maddie Montgomery led the Herons with four goals. Fellow seniors Molly Davis and Allie McGinty had two goals each. Sophomore Natalie Daniels had a goal and won a game-high nine draws. Davis and Montgomery led the way with two caused turnovers each. Junior Nikki Pio had a team-high three ground balls and a caused turnover. Junior Maura Smeader played all 60 minutes in goal and made seven saves.

Salisbury (18-3) was led by Miranda Mears who had four goals. Julianna Ott scored twice and had a team-high six draw controls. Three players had two caused turnovers for the Sea Gulls. Kaitlyn Hunsinger played all 60 minutes in goal and made six saves.


  • Salisbury finished the game with a 29-20 advantage in shots and a 17-10 edge in ground balls. William Smith won the battle in the draw circle 14-13.
  • The Sea Gulls were 20-for-22 clearing the ball and the Herons were 14-for-17 on their clear attempts.


  • With two goals today, McGinty extended her points streak to 67 straight games.
  • Daniels has scored in 26 straight games.


  • Salisbury scored the only two goals of the first quarter. Caroline Knight and Mears scored just over a minute apart five minutes into the opening frame. Both goals were unassisted tallies. Camryn Pepper also hit a post in the sequence.
  • Mears made it 3-0 with her second goal of the game just under three minutes into the second quarter. Her goal was assisted by Pepper.
  • Davis broke up the shutout with her 37th goal of the season. The strike came on a free position goal with 11:18 remaining in the half.
  • Salisbury scored the next three goals to take a 6-1 lead with 5:08 remaining in the half. Meredith Price scored twice and Mears completed her hat trick during the run.
  • McGinty and Montgomery scored late in the first half to cut the deficit to 6-3 after 30 minutes. McGinty’s goal was her 34th goal of the season and Montgomery was her 81st.
  • Mary Hanzsche Salisbury a 7-3 lead five minutes into the third quarter. Her goal was assisted by Alexandra Parker.
  • Three minutes later, senior Madeline Schleicher and McGinty scored 30 seconds apart to make it 7-5. It was their fourth and 35th goals of the season, respectively. 
  • Salisbury answered back with two goals of its own. Scannell ripped home a goal with six minutes remaining in the frame. Mears then ripped home a free position shot to regain the four-goal advantage. Late in the quarter, Julianna Ott had a shot blocked. 
  • Maddie Montgomery notched her second goal of the game with 18 seconds remaining in the quarter. Her second goal of the game was unassisted.
  • Davis opened up the fourth quarter with her second goal of the game and 38th of the season.
  • Erin Scannell scored a woman-up goal 30 seconds later to make it 10-7 Salisbury with 11:40 remaining in regulation.
  • Daniels and Montgomery scored back-to-back goals just over a minute apart to make it 10-9 with 8:06 remaining in regulation, but that was as close as the Herons would get. Daniels’ goal was her 78th of the season and was assisted by Schleicher. Montgomey’s goal completed her hat trick.
  • Salisbury would put the game out of reach on goals from Grace Doyle and Julianna Ott to make it 12-9 with 5:05 remaining in regulation.
  • Montgomery tacked on one more goal to make it 12-10. She ran the length of the field with the ball and fired home her 84th goal of the season.
  • Ott rounded out the scoring with two minutes remaining in the game.


  • With four goals in today’s game, Montgomery finished her season with 84 goals, matching her single-season record from last season.
  • She also hit the 100-point plateau for the second time in her career. Montgomery’s 102 points this season are third on the single-season list. It is the sixth time in program history a player had 100-plus points. Montgomery is one of two players who has done it more than once. Amy Hoover ’95 had 100 points in a season three times.