Junior Lucy Johnson scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left in regulation to lead the William Smith lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over Messiah in the championship game of the SpringFling Tournament’s Lindley Division.
The Herons improve to 2-1 this season, and served Messiah (4-1) its first loss of the year. Johnson led William Smith with three goals. Sophomore Marissa Potter chipped in two goals and two assists. Sophomore Kathleen Ragan and junior Katherine Vesce each registered a goal and an assist. Ragan also scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Junior Callie Frelinghuysen picked up a game-high six ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Eight different players scored for Messiah. Cecilia Kjellman led the Falcons with two goals. Lizzy Keeney and Kara Geiman contributed a goal and two assists apiece. Maddie Comfort chipped in a goal and an assist.
Keeney put Messiah up 1-0 4:17 into the game. The Herons responded with the next three goals. Sophomore Katie Dexter scored first after a pass from Potter. Then Johnson scored back-to-back goals. The first one came on a free position shot and Ragan was credited with the assist on the second. Megan Bovenzi cut Messiah’s deficit to one at 15:51. Potter and Ragan each tallied unassisted goals to put William Smith up 5-2. In the final 10:09 of the first half, the Falcons scored three goals to tie the game at five going into the break.
Vesce took back the lead for the Herons 5:29 into the second half. Messiah would not go away quietly though, and answered with goals by Rachel Coyle and Comfort to take a one goal lead. William Smith scored three straight goals to go back up, 9-7. Potter started the run, senior Cassie Findlay scored on a free position, and Frelinghuysen capped it with 2:41 on the clock. The Falcons rallied again. Free position goals by Geiman and Kjellman made it 9-9 with 43 seconds left in regulation. Johnson found the back of the net with just 12 seconds on the clock to secure the win for William Smith.
Sophomore Jesse Wilson played all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith, and finished with 14 saves. Taylor Phillips stopped 10 shots in goal for Messiah. Both teams recorded 27shots. The Herons held a 23-11 advantage in ground balls.
William Smith will be back in action on Tuesday, March 22, when the Herons play their home opener at Boswell Field against St. John Fisher at 5 p.m.