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Fast start propels Herons past Knights 21-13

The William Smith lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals of their non-conference contest against Geneseo and cruised to a 21-13 victory on McCooey Field. The Herons were led by senior attack Molly Fitzgerald’s game-high nine points.

William Smith (3-2) needed just eight seconds to start the scoring. Sophomore midfielder Lucy Johnson corralled the opening draw and went straight to cage for her 12th goal of the season. Eighteen seconds later, sophomore attack Rosie Scheibel netted an unassisted strike.

Johnson, Scheibel, Fitzgerald, sophomore midfielder Kathryn Gillan, and first-year midfielder Marissa Potter each netted a pair of goals during William Smith’s 10-goal outburst that extended just beyond the midpoint of the first half.

Geneseo junior attack Lauren Burgoon, off an assist from senior midfielder Abby Hungerford, got the Knights on the board in the 20th minute. The teams played even over the final 10 minutes of the half with the Herons carrying a 13-3 lead into the break.

Geneseo (2-2) scored five of the second half’s first seven goals to close within seven, 15-8, but Fitzgerald and Scheibel combined to score four of the game’s next five goals to restore William Smith’s 10-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining. The Knights were unable to mount any kind of a threat down the stretch.

Fitzgerald finished with six goals and three assists, while Scheibel added four goals. Gillan, Johnson, and senior midfielder Brittany Callaghan all posted three-point days. Callaghan also picked up a game-high five ground balls. In goal, first-year Jesse Wilson made seven saves to earn the win.

Hungerford paced Geneseo with five goals and an assist, while first-year midfielder Rachel Petrone added four goals. Hungerford also grabbed a game-high six draw controls. Junior Annie Smith and first-year Julie Bernatzky split time in the goal. Smith had four saves on 18 shots in 35:11, while Bernatzky stopped three of 10.

William Smith had a 35-27 advantage in shots, a 19-12 edge in ground balls, and committed six fewer turnovers (19-13). The Knights controlled the draw 22-13.

The Herons open Liberty League play on April 2 when they visit Vassar. That contest is scheduled to being at 4 p.m.