William Smith senior Rosie Scheibel scored the first three goals of the game and chipped in two more goals and an assist for a game-high six points as the Herons defeated Nazareth 14-3 in their season opener this afternoon on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.
Seniors Lucy Johnson and Callie Frelinghuysen each produced two goals and two assists for William Smith. Frelinghuysen added three caused turnovers and scooped up three ground balls, and Johnson won four draw controls. Junior Kathleen Ragan scored three goals, chipped in an assist and picked up three ground balls, while classmate Katie Dexter registered a goal and two assists.
Sophomore Micailah Addee picked up a game-high five ground balls. Sophomore Maggie McNair played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with nine saves and four ground balls.
It was also the season opener for the Golden Flyers. Alyssa Johnston scored all three goals for Nazareth. She also picked up a team-high four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Megan Cregan won a game-high five draw controls. Tara Prosak played all 60 minutes in goal and stopped 12 shots.
The Herons jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first half and kept control of the game from there. Scheibel started her scoring spree 2:41 into the game with an unassisted tally. Her second goal came just one minute later. At 4:10 Scheibel made it 3-0, this time off a feed from Dexter. Ragan added back-to-back goals to stretch the Heron lead to five. Ragan’s second goal came on a man-up situation after a yellow card had been issued to the Golden Flyers. Dexter set up Johnson’s first goal of the afternoon with 20:40 on the clock to make it 6-0.
Nazareth broke through with 20:16 left in the opening half, when Johnston capitalized on a free position shot. William Smith added one more goal before the break. Senior Kathryn Gillan found the back of the net after a pass from Frelinghuysen to make it 7-1 at halftime.
The Herons continued to pour it scoring three straight goals to start the second half. Just 10 seconds in, despite playing a man down due to a yellow card on one of the Herons in the final seconds of the first half, Johnson sent a shot past the Nazareth goalie to put William Smith up by seven. Back-to-back tallies by Frelinghuysen made it 10-1.
Johnston struck a second time for the Golden Flyers, taking advantage of another free position with 23:07 on the clock. However, the Herons would not let Nazareth back in, notching the next four goals. Dexter found the back of the net to start the run, and then Scheibel registered her fourth and fifth goals of the day. Ragan scored her third goal of the afternoon to make it 14-2. First-year Kaatie Sipple earned an assist on the goal for her first collegiate point. With 3:55 remaining, Johnston scored her third of the day for Nazareth for the final.
The Herons enjoyed a 31-18 advantage in shots and a 30-14 lead in ground balls. Nazareth held a 10-9 edge in draw controls, and went 14-of-25 on their clears. William Smith was successful on 22 out of 23 clear attempts.
The Herons will be back in action on March 19, when they play Williams in their first game of their spring break trip to Orlando, Fla. The game will begin at 2:30 p.m.