The William Smith College field hockey team reversed several streaks with a 3-0 shutout of SUNY Cortland at McCooey Field tonight. The Herons halted the Red Dragons nine-match winning streak, prevailed over Cortland for the first time in eight tries, and defended their home turf against the Red Dragons for the first time since 1997.
On Senior Day, it was a pair of first-years that stole the spotlight. Sarah Tompson scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, while goalie Catherine Hare notched her first career shutout. William Smith’s lone senior, Kiersten Hamilton, put her signature on the match as well, scoring her eight goal of the season.
Evenly matched in the early going, the Herons (12-3) seized control on a penalty corner in the 26th minute. Junior Annie Kietzman made a short pass to her right to Tompson, who wound up and sent a screaming liner into the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead.
Cortland (10-4) had its best scoring chance of the match in the final seconds of the first half. Junior Katie Barbagallo tucked a shot under the pads of Hare, but her offering slid just outside the right post, leaving the Herons 1-0 lead intact at halftime.
Ten minutes into the second frame, sophomore Melanie O’Connor set up Hamilton’s marker off another penalty corner giving William Smith a two-goal cushion. Tompson put the exclamation point on the victory in the 65th minute, driving a shot at the Red Dragon’s right post that deflected off a defender’s stick and into the cage for a 3-0 lead.
Cortland fought to the final whistle, earning three penalty corners in the final four minutes, but managed just one shot on goal, which Hare turned aside.
Junior goalie Emily von Schondorf made five saves for the Red Dragons.
William Smith enjoyed a 15-12 advantage in shots and an 8-6 edge in penalty corners.
The Herons will be back in action at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, when they visit Rochester for their final Liberty League match of the season. Cortland returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at St. Lawrence.