The 16th-ranked William Smith College lacrosse team downed Nazareth 17-6 this afternoon at Golden Flyer Stadium. The Herons improve to 8-2 overall, while the Golden Flyers drop to 7-5 on the season.
Junior Molly Fitzgerald totaled five points on two goals and three assists to lead William Smith, while first-year Lucy Johnson, sophomore Cassie Findlay, and junior Sarah Goodkind all notched three goals and a helper.
Nora Davis led Nazareth with four goals, and Michelle Cook added a goal and two assists.
The Herons opened the scoring after nearly 10 minutes of action. Junior Brittany Callaghan put the first point on the board with 20 minutes, 51 seconds to play in the half. Twenty-one seconds later, Johnson netted her first of the day to increase William Smith’s lead to 2-0.
The Golden Flyers’ Shannon Lattimore tallied on a free-position shot with 16:04 on the clock, but the Herons countered with five unanswered goals to take a comfortable 7-1 lead with 5:13 remaining in the stanza. Findlay sparked the scoring run, followed by first-year Callie Frelinghuysen, Johnson, and two from Goodkind. The Golden Flyers scored twice to end the session, cutting their halftime deficit to 7-3.
Davis brought Nazareth within three, 7-4, to start the second half, but the Golden Flyers would not get closer. William Smith went on to outscore its host 10-2 for the remainder of the contest.
Senior Heron goalie Becky Josefiak collected 13 saves, while Maria Fusco and Ann Sessler combined to make 15 stops for Nazareth. William Smith outshot the Golden Flyers 39-24.
The Herons will be back in action on April 18, when they host Rochester for a Liberty League contest at 2 p.m.