Senior Lucy Johnson scored four goals, won a game-high six draws, picked up three ground balls and caused two turnovers to lead the William Smith lacrosse team to a 11-10 victory over Union in a Liberty League game played today on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.
Johnson has now recorded 128 career draw controls to rank first all-time on the William Smith list. She passed Torie Allen ’09 who notched 124 draws in her Heron career. Senior Callie Frelinghuysen recorded a game-high five points on four goals and an assist for William Smith (4-4, 3-0).
Junior Kathleen Ragan scored three goals and added an assist. First-year Katie Sipplecontributed two assists, and senior Kathryn Gillan shared a game-high with three ground balls. Sophomore Maggie McNair played all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith and stopped 11 shots.
Six different players scored for Union (2-5, 2-1). Emily McGrail led the team with four tallies. She also won four draws and caused two turnovers. Brittany Fraser notched two goals. Micaela Desimon shared a game-high with three ground balls. Kim Grinhaus played all 60 minutes in net and made five saves.
Goals by Johnson and Frelinghuysen just 12 seconds apart gave the Herons a 2-0 lead 3:12 into the contest. Fraser put the Dutchwomen on the scoreboard with her first of the day at 5:28. Frelinghuysen struck again on a free position at 11:25 to make it 3-1, and Heather Fraser found the back of the net for Union 1:59 later to make it a one-goal game. Ragan scored her first of the afternoon, followed by another tally by Frelinghuysen, this time after a feed from Sipple, to stretch the William Smith lead to three. Brittany Fraser capitalized on a free position for the Dutchwomen, but goals Johnson and Frelinghuysen put the Herons up 7-3 at the half.
Union came out strong in the second. Back-to-back goals by McGrail cut the Dutchwomen’s deficit to two. At 9:47, Ragan drilled a shot past the Union goalie after a pass from Sipple to make it 8-5, but McGrail struck again, this time on a free position to keep the game within reach for the Dutchwomen.
William Smith started to pull away again with goals from Ragan and Johnson to make the score 10-6. However, Hilary Salander scored her eighth of the year for Union on a free position. Johnson logged her fourth goal of the afternoon and 15th this season at 14:55 to give William Smith an 11-7 advantage.
Union made things interesting battling back for the remainder of the second half. The Dutchwomen scored three unanswered goals. The first came from Tory Cameron with 12:11 remaining. Kat Egizi notched her third goal of the year 1:34 later and McGrail followed to get Union within one, but the Herons held off the Dutchwomen’s comeback attempt for the final 38 seconds to come away with the win.
Union held a 31-21 advantage in shots and a 12-11 edge in draw controls. The Herons finished with a 17-15 lead in ground balls. The Dutchwomen were successful on 10-of-12 clear attempts, while William Smith finished 10-for-16.
The Herons will be back in action on Tuesday, April 10, when they host No. 18 Hamilton on Boswell Field at 5 p.m.