Senior Michaela Parnell led William Smith with a career-high matching five goals, while first-year Lucy Johnson added four goals and an assist. Junior Molly Fitzgerald notched two goals and a helper as well.
The Thoroughbreds were led by Lauren McCarthy’s two tallies and one assist. Lauren Madden also netted two for the hosts.
Johnson began the game with two quick goals, first on a free position shot just 2 minutes, 24 second into the action, and then off a pass from junior Brittany Callaghan 42 seconds later. Callaghan would tally herself a short time later to give the Herons a 3-0 advantage with 23:42 to play in the first half.
Madden answered at 22:36 with Skidmore’s first score of the day, bringing her team within two, but two more William Smith goals from Parnell and Fitzgerald increased the visitors lead to four, 5-1. The Herons would eventually take a 6-2 lead into the break.
Sydney Weill netted the first goal of the second stanza to cut William Smith’s lead to 6-3. That‘s as close as the Thoroughbreds would get for the remainder of the contest, as the Herons countered with five straight tallies over the next 20 minutes, including three in a row from Parnell.
With 10:18 to play, William Smith held an 11-3 lead. The Herons went on to outscore Skidmore 4-2 in the remainder of the half. Overall, they held a 31-24 advantage in shots and a 32-24 edge in ground balls, thanks to five each from senior defender Torie Allen and senior goalie Becky Josefiak.
Josefiak finished with 11 saves, while Thoroughbred goalies Courtney DeStefan and Rachel Klein combined for seven stops.
William Smith will be back in action tomorrow, April 25, when the Herons take on Union in Schenectady at 2 p.m. For live coverage options, visit the William Smith lacrosse schedule page.