In addition to Fitzgerald’s seven goals, first-year Lucy Johnson and junior Sarah Goodkind each tallied three goals and two assists, while first-year Roise Scheibel netted three goals as well. Johnson also picked up five ground balls, while senior Torie Allen scooped up a game-high six.
Julia Decker notched four goals for Brockport, while Carly Motondo and Karen Bianchi each added two.
The Herons jumped out to an early lead, thanks to an opening goal from Johnson just 54 seconds into the contest. Fitzgerald netted her first of the day a few minutes later, increasing the lead to 2-0. William Smith grabbed its largest lead of the first half, 7-3, following back-to-back scores from Goodkind and sophomore Alayna Beebe in the 20th minute.
The Golden Eagles mounted a comeback over the final nine minutes of the stanza, outscoring William Smith 4-1 in that time frame, including two from Decker. Brockport cut its deficit to one, 8-7, by halftime.
Just 1:01 into the second half, the Golden Eagles tied the game at 8-all, then took a 9-8 lead after another Decker tally 42 seconds later.
With 26:34 to go in regulation, Heron senior Michaela Parnell set up first-year Callie Frelinghuysen’s first collegiate goal, tying the game at 9-9. Just 14 seconds later, Goodkind found the back of the net again to reclaim the lead for William Smith. The Herons took over from there, outscoring Brockport 9-2 for the remainder of the game, including three goals in a span of five minutes from Fitzgerald.
William Smith senior goalie Rebecca Josefiak collected nine saves, while Jamie Kaminski stopped 15 shots for the Golden Eagles.
The Herons will take on St. John Fisher in their home-opener on Tues., March 24, at 4 p.m. Visit the William Smith lacrosse schedule page for live coverage links.