Becoming one of only 14 coaches in the history of collegiate field hockey to do so, Heron field hockey head coach Sally Scatton notched her 400th career victory on Saturday as her team dominated visiting Lebanon Valley College 5-0 in the finale of the 2013 William Smith Classic.
Under the guidance of Scatton, William Smith has reached the NCAA Regional Final 14 times in 25 seasons and has captured three NCAA Division III National Championships (1992, 1997, 2000) and one ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship (1999) in 22 postseason appearances. Twenty-two times the Herons won at least 12 games under her watchful eye, and they’ve never suffered a losing season.
In Saturday’s game, sophomore Cory Connolly netted a goal in each half to lead the charge. Senior Melanie O’Connor added a pair of assists for the unbeaten Herons (7-0) while senior Taylor Cappello, and first-years Katie Meyer and Alessandra Patrizio each sticked home a goal. William Smith’s defense was smothering, not allowing the Dutchmen (3-5) a single shot.
O’Connor touched off the day’s scoring with a long lead pass that sprung Connolly free for a one-on-one with LVC goalie Chloe Baro. She deked around the diving keeper and deposited her second goal of the year for a 1-0 lead 11:20 into the match.
Eight minutes later, Meyer notched her second goal of the year following a defensive miscue by Lebanon Valley. With the ball loose in the center of the circle and Bero closing in to kick it away, a defender, unaware of the keeper’s presence flipped the ball toward the right post. It came right to Meyer, who merely had to push it into a wide open net for a 2-0 lead that stood up through halftime.
Barely six minutes into the second stanza, Cappello finished off a scramble in front of the cage for her team-leading sixth goal of the year. It raised her career point total to 97 (43-11), three points away from becoming just the 13th Heron to register 100 career points.
In the 46th minute, Connolly reverse-sticked another O’Connor assist to make it a 4-0 game and just short of 10 minutes after that, Patrizio wrapped up the scoring by finishing off a rebound in front.
First-year Amy Feda got the start in goal for William Smith and played 46:48 to earn the win. Baro recorded seven saves on 11 shots in 51:25 before yielding to Kendra Moll, who made two saves on three shots.
In Liberty League play, the Herons have won 10 of the 18 crowns contested since the League was founded in 1995, including four straight from 2004-07. Scatton has overseen the development of 12 Liberty League Players of the Year. An eight-time Liberty League Coach of the Year, she earned the NFHCA Regional and National Coach of the Year honors in 1992, 1997, and 2000, and garnered additional regional awards in 2004 and 2011.
Scatton earned her first coaching win at Wells College with a 2-0 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sept. 11, 1983. Her Express team went 3-11-1 in her lone season as that program’s head coach. She joined William Smith in 1988 and has a 397-121-3 record in Geneva.
Scatton also serves as an assistant director of athletics at William Smith. She coordinates the annual William Smith Athletics Banquet, Heron community service projects, and other special events. Scatton is the game day manager for lacrosse and oversees the department’s student employees.
William Smith will open Liberty League play at home when the Herons host Rensselaer on Friday, Sept. 27. That match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.