With 44 seconds left in the game, Marissa Potter scored the game-winning goal to lead the William Smith lacrosse team a 19-18 victory over No. 19 Babson in a first round game of the 2011 Lindley Tournament. The Herons improve to 1-1 this season.
William Smith will face Messiah in theLinley Division championship game of the Springfling Tournament on Thursday, March 17 at 4 p.m. Babson is now 2-2 this season.
Junior Lucy Johnson led the Herons with four goals, and caused a game-high four turnovers. Junior Callie Frelinghuysen registered a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Junior Rosie Scheibel and senior Cassie Findlay each chipped in three goals and an assist. Potter tallied two goals and an assist, and sophomore Kathleen Ragan scored three times. Sophomore Liz Seidel scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
Jamie Spang and Trisha Babson led the Beavers each registering four goals and an assist. Alyssa Hood contributed three goals and two helpers. Colleen Mulligan chipped in three goals, and Ellen McCurdy scored twice.
Babson (2-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Hood and Spang in the first minute. Johnson scored her first goal of the game to make it 2-1 just 55 seconds in. Hood and Findlay traded goals, and the back-to-back goals by Johnson and Scheibel gave the Herons their first lead at 4-3. At 21:05, Morgan Lockwood tied the game up at four. Frelinghuysen scored on a free position shot and then Colleen Mulligan found the back of the net for the Beavers to make it 5-5.
At 16:20 in the first half a goal by Ragan kicked off a 4-0 William Smith run to give the Herons a 9-5 lead. The run featured goals by Johnson, Potter and Scheibel. Babson then scored back-to-back goals to cut their deficit to two. The Herons responded three straight goals to take a 12-7 lead with 1:29 left in the half. With 53 seconds before the break Sprang fired into the back of the net, but Ragan scored her second goal of the day 38 seconds later. Babson scored on a free position shot with just two seconds left in the first half to make it 13-9 going into the break.
The Beavers came out strong in the second half, scoring five unanswered goals in the first 10:55 to take a 14-13 lead. The run featured three goals by Trisha Babson. The Herons answered with four straight goals to go back up, 17-14. Findlay and Frelinghuysen each tallied a goal and an assist in the run. Goals by Kristy Benoit, Mulligan, and Ellen McCurdy tied up the game for the sixth time with 6:47 left in regulation. Johnson logged an unassisted goal with 4:20 remaining to put William Smith up 18-17. Sprang then tied the game with a free position goal with 1:36 on the clock. Potter collected a pass from Frelinghuysen and fired a shot past the Babson goalkeeper to secure the win for the Herons with just 44 seconds remaining.
Sophomore Jesse Wilson played 46:53 in goal for William Smith and stopped seven shots. First-year Maggie McNair came in to play 13:07 and made one save. Sarah Macary played all 60 minutes in goal for Babson and finished with 18 saves.
The Herons held a 44-29 advantage in shots, and a 25-17 edge in ground balls.