Senior Molly Fitzgerald and first-year Marissa Potter each netted five goals to lead the William Smith College lacrosse team to a 15-13 Liberty League victory over Vassar this afternoon. The Herons improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the league, while the Brewers drop to 4-3 on the season and 0-1 in the Liberty League.
Sarah Warner led the Vassar attack with six goals and an assist, while Moe Byrne added four goals and a helper.
Potter, who also picked up a game-high nine ground balls, opened the scoring with her first goal four minutes, 38 seconds into the contest. Warner evened the game less than a minute later with her first tally. The Herons responded with four unanswered goals from Potter, Fitzgerald, first-year Emily Leahy, and sophomore Rosie Scheibel to take a 5-1 lead with 18:17 to play in the half.
Vassar grabbed the momentum over the next nine minutes, outscoring William Smith 7-1 to take an 8-6 lead. Warner scored four times during the stretch. Herons Fitzgerald and Scheibel answered the run with consecutive tallies to tie the game at 8-all, followed by Warner and Fitzgerald trading goals to make the score 10-all at halftime.
William Smith scored three straight to start the second stanza, thanks to two from Potter and a free-position goal from Fitzgerald. The Herons led 13-10 with 26:21 remaining.
Byrne tallied the final three goals for the Brewers. She netted two in a row to cut the Brewers’ deficit to one, 13-12, with 22:53 to go, but Potter answered to put the visitors back up by two. With 15:17 to play, Byrne again cut the lead to one, but the Herons would not allow Vassar tie. Junior Cassie Findlay scored the final goal of the day for William Smith with less than four minutes on the clock.
The Herons held a 45-30 advantage in shots, a 44-27 edge in ground balls, and a 17-11 lead in draw controls.
William Smith first-year goalie Jesse Wilson collected eight saves in the win, while Nicole Englehardt stopped 20 shots for the hosts, including 11 in the second half.
The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, April 3, when they take on Rensselaer in another Liberty League game at 2 p.m.