William Smith senior Cassie Findlay scored with just six seconds left in regulation to lead the Heron lacrosse team to a 17-16 victory over Vassar in a Liberty League game played this afternoon on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.
This was the sixth game this year for the Herons that was decided by just one goal. William Smith wraps up the 2011 season with a 6-9 mark and a 4-4 record in the Liberty League. The Brewers finish out their season with a 7-8 overall record and a 2-6 mark in league play.
Junior Lucy Johnson and sophomore Kathleen Ragan led the Herons with five points apiece. Johnson logged three goals and two assists. Ragan tallied four goals, an assist, and scooped up a game-high six ground balls. Sophomore Marissa Potter chipped in three goals and an assist, and junior Kathryn Gillan added two goals and two assists. Findlay and junior Rosie Scheibel each scored two goals. Findlay also won a team-high five draw controls and picked up four ground balls, and senior Kara Grogan contributed four ground balls.
Sophomore Jesse Wilson played the opening 46:53 and stopped three shots. First-year Maggie McNair came in to play the final 13:07 and stopped two shots to earn her first collegiate victory.
Sarah Warner registered a game-high nine points on six goals and three assists for Vassar. She also won a game-high seven draw controls. Emily Kloppenburg scored four goals, and Moe Bryne added three goals and a helper. Marissa Reilly chipped in two goals. Nicole Engelhardt made 21 saves in all 60 minutes of play.
Vassar was first to get on the scoreboard, when Reilly found the back of the net just 1:09 in. The Herons responded with a goal by Ragan, who then she set up Potter give William Smith a 2-1 lead. Warner recorded her first goal of the afternoon 6:30 in to tie things at two, but Scheibel followed with a goal at 12:55 to take back the lead. Back-to-back goals by Warner put Vassar up 4-3.
The Herons then took the momentum with a 5-0 run. Gillan started things off with a free position goal at 16:33. An unassisted tally by Johnson put William Smith on top 5-4. Gillan found the back of the net for the second time, and tallies by Ragan and Potter gave the Herons an 8-4 advantage 9:45 before the break.
With 4:35 on the clock, Kloppenburg scored her first goal of the afternoon to cut the Brewer deficit to three, but William Smith struck two more times before the half. Free position goals by Findlay and Ragan gave the Herons a 10-5 lead at the break.
Johnson started off the second half with an unassisted tally 12 seconds in. Thirty-two seconds later Reilly kicked off a three-goal spurt for Vassar. Kloppenburg followed with back-to-back goals to cut the William Smith lead to three at 11-8. At 4:34, Scheibel notched her second of the afternoon. The Brewer squad was determined and rattled off three more unanswered goals to get within one. Kloppenburg struck again on a free position, and goals by Elizabeth Feltch and Warner made it 12-11. Ragan and Johnson then posted unassisted tallies to put the Herons up 14-11.
Vassar rallied for a 4-0 run to take a 15-14 lead, its first lead since holding a 4-3 advantage in the first half. Warner started the run at 16:07 in the second. Back-to-back unassisted tallies by Bryne tied up the game at 14, and an unassisted goal by Warner gave the Brewers the lead.
With 3:39 remaining, Johnson set up Potter who tied things at 15, and then Gillan fed first-year Hannah Schickel to put William Smith up 16-15. The Brewers weren’t finished, as Warner passed to Byrne who tied the game up again this time at 16 with 45 seconds remaining. Vassar was whistled for offsides, which gave the Herons possession. Johnson found Findlay in front of the cage, and Findlay fired home the game-winner with just six seconds left in regulation.
William Smith held a 43-27 advantage in shots and a 28-17 edge in ground balls. The Herons were successful on 14 out of 17 clear attempts, while Vassar was successful 18 of 24 times. William Smith won 21 draw controls, and the Brewers came up with 14 draws.