The 18th-ranked William Smith College lacrosse team earned its first win of the season today with a 10-7 victory over Brockport at Lake Lytal Park. The Herons improve to 1-1 overall, while the Golden Eagles slip to 0-1.
Sophomore Kathryn Gillan netted her first career hat trick to lead William Smith’s offense, while classmate Lucy Johnson totaled two goals and an assist and senior Molly Fitzgerald added three helpers.
Seven minutes, 46 seconds into the game, sophomore Rosie Scheibel opened the scoring with an unassisted tally. Less than two minutes later, Scheibel set up sophomore Katherine Vesce for her first goal of the year to put the Herons up 2-0.
Dayna Piraino got Brockport on the board with 19:13 to play in the first stanza. Gillan answered for William Smith less than a minute later with her first tally of the day to give the Herons a 3-1 lead. Gillan’s second score was sandwiched around two from Brockport, giving William Smith a slim 4-3 halftime advantage.
The Herons used a 5-1 run in the first 20 minutes of the second half to take control of the contest. Senior Brittany Callaghan started the scoring three minutes into the period, thanks to an assist from Fitzgerald. Gillian followed a short time later with her third goal of the afternoon, and Johnson added back-to-back tallies at the 17:03 and 10:59 marks. First-year Katie Dexter capped the run with her first collegiate goal to give the Herons a 9-4 lead with just over nine minutes to play.
The Golden Eagles mounted a comeback, scoring three unanswered goals in the final nine minutes to cut their deficit to two, 9-7. Melissa Hill scored twice for Brockport during the stretch. She finished with three goals.
William Smith first-year Emily Leahy netted her first collegiate tally, and the final Heron goal, with 19 seconds left on the clock.
Gillan also recorded four ground balls, while sophomore Callie Frelinghuysen collected three.
First-year Heron goalie Jesse Wilson recorded eight saves en route to her first victory, while Jamie Kaminsky stopped eight shots for Brockport.
William Smith will be back in action tomorrow, March 16, when it squares of against Messiah at 11 a.m.