The William Smith College lacrosse team held on to defeat St. John Fisher 22-21 today at Growney Stadium. The Herons improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Cardinals slip to 0-4 overall.
Senior Molly Fitzgerald totaled five goals, two assists, and five ground balls, and sophomore Kathryn Gillan added four goals and two helpers to pace William Smith. Sophomore Lucy Johnson notched three goals and an assist, while first-years Emily Leahy and Marissa Potter each added three goals. Potter’s tallies marked the first of her collegiate career.
St. John Fisher was led by Lauren Glavin’s eight goals and three assists. Ashley Fenyn tallied seven times, while Meg Merriam added six points on five goals and a helper.
Neither team led by more than a goal in the first half. Gillan started the scoring for both teams with her first of the game two minutes, 48 seconds in. Fenyn answered with the hosts’ first score of the contest a little over five minutes later, and the teams went on to trade tallies for the remainder of the stanza. The Herons escaped with a 9-8 lead at the break, thanks to Potter’s second goal with 1:31 on the clock.
William Smith came out firing in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals in the opening four minutes to grab a 13-8 lead. Fitzgerald scored twice in the span of 21 seconds, at the 28:34 and 28:13 marks, while Gillan and sophomore Rosie Scheibel each added a goal during the surge. Scheibel finished with a goal and two assists.
The Herons held their largest lead of the game, 17-11, with 21:06 to play. However, the Cardinals would not go away. They went on to score four unanswered goals of their own, including three from Glavin, over the next few minutes to cut their deficit to two, 17-15, with 18:49 remaining in the half.
William Smith responded, pushing its lead back to five, 20-15, thanks to three straight goals from Johnson, Gillan, and Leahy.
Sophomore Callie Freylinghuysen connected with six minutes left to give the Herons a 22-18 advantage. William Smith withstood another furious comeback bid from the Cardinals in the final minutes, as Glavin (1 goal) and Fenyn (2) combined for three quick goals to cut the Herons’ lead to one. With 14 seconds remaining, Merriam had a chance to send the game into overtime, but first-year goalie Jesse Wilson came up big with the save and picked up the ground ball to secure the victory.
Wilson finished with 11 saves and three ground balls, while Vicki Sahm stopped nine shots and collected a game-high seven ground balls for the Cardinals.
The Herons will be back in action on March 27, when they host Geneseo on McCooey Field at 2 p.m.