William Smith passed its first round test, defeating Washington & Jefferson in the first round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship today on McCooey Field. The Herons improve to 16-4 and will take on the College of New Jersey in the second round, while the Presidents end the season with a 14-5 record.
William Smith dominated the first half, outshooting its guests 15-0, but the match remained scoreless into the 27th minute thanks to the strong play of senior goalie Shelby Colyer (10 saves). The Herons finally broke through when sophomore Taylor Cappello came up with a steal along the right sideline and sent a cross into the middle of the field. A defender caught the pass, but junior Annie Kietzman immediately stole it back near the top of the circle. She through the defense for a one-on-one with Colyer, and tucked a neat shot inside the near post for her ninth goal of the season.
William Smith led 1-0 at halftime.
After the break, Washington & Jefferson got its best scoring chance with a series of three penalty corners in 46th and 47th minutes. The Presidents put a pair of shots on goal, but first-year goalie Catherine Hare turned back both offerings.
The Herons got an insurance goal in the 49th minute when first-year Caitlin Moran stole the ball just outside the W&J circle. She carried the ball just inside the arc on the right wing and laced a shot past Colyer for her first collegiate goal.
In the 69th minute, the Presidents put one more shot on frame, but Hare was up to the task to preserve her second shutout of the year.
William Smith will travel to TCNJ for a match at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. That match will be followed by Catholic vs. Lynchburg at 2 p.m. The winners will square off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13 for a trip the national semifinals.
The Herons and Lions last met in the 2007 NCAA Championship second round. TCNJ prevailed 5-1 on its home field.