The William Smith College lacrosse team matched the program record for consecutive wins, extending its streak to 16 with a 15-1 win over Westfield State in an NCAA tournament second round game played on Boswell Field on Sunday. The win allows William Smith to advance to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament where it will face Colorado College on Saturday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Lexington, Va.
In Sunday’s game that had three lightning delays, the Herons also extended the program record for wins in a season with their 19-1 record.
Senior Alexandra Bird and junior Melissa Moore each notched a game-high four goals. First-year Nicki Santora posted a career-high four points on a goal and three assists. She also picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Sophomore Bizzer Gahagan and junior Kelsi Carr each produced two goals and an assist. Gahagan and won three draws. Carr scooped up a game-high six ground balls and notched a game-high four caused turnovers. Senior Allie Flaherty added a goal, an assist, caused two turnovers and won three draws. Senior Sarah Honan made two saves in goal for the Herons. She also had three ground balls and a caused turnover. Honan’s 19 wins are a William Smith single season record.
Brooke Williams scored the Owls lone goal. Caroline Arket picked up a team-high four ground balls and caused a turnover. Sam Coyle and Lucy Barrett each caused two turnovers. Maria Woodall started the game and made 12 saves in the first 30 minutes. Alanah Melanson came in for the second half and stopped two shots.
The first lightning delay held up the start of the game. At 2:29 into the game, Moore redirected the ball. It went off the Owls’ goalie and into the back of the net to put the Herons on the board. Bird made it 2-0 just over three minutes later. The second lightning delay then lasted over an hour. The game was able to restart for 6:32. Moore extended the William Smith lead to 3-0 after a pass from Santora. With 20:37 on the clock, Williams put Westfield State on the scoreboard. Santora then scored a goal of her own off an assist from Flaherty with 18:40 left in the first. Another delay due to lightning in the area kept the teams off the field for just over an hour.
The game restarted with 16:31 left in the first. The Herons closed out the first half with five straight goals to take a 9-1 lead into halftime. Gahagan opened the run with 12:11 on the clock. She then set up a goal by Carr with 10:39 before the break. Nineteen seconds later, junior Ali Burns logged her 33rd goal of the year off a feed from Santora. Carr scored on a free position with 6:40 before the half and Bird registered an unassisted tally one second before the break. Carr has recorded 17 goals this year.
William Smith scored all six goals in the second half. Bird opened the second half 1:07 in with a free position goal to make it 10-1. Thirty-three seconds later, Gahagan posted her second of the day after a pass from Carr. It was her 24th goal of the season. Flaherty notched her 43rd goal of the spring with 26:54 left in the game. Bird added her fourth of the day, another free position goal, with 23:19 remaining, and Moore closed out the game with back-to-back tallies. Bird has 44 goals this year, while Moore upped her total to 42.
The Herons finished with a 37-7 advantage in shots and a 27-12 lead in ground balls. William Smith also had the edge in draws, 10-6. The Herons were successful on 12-of-16 clear attempts, while the Owls finished 9-of-24 clears.