The William Smith lacrosse team out-scored Skidmore 9-2 in the second half to come from behind to secure a 13-9 victory in a Liberty League game played this afternoon. The Herons improve to 5-5 overall and are now a perfect 4-0 in the Liberty League.
William Smith is now the only team undefeated in the league as Rensselaer dropped a game to Union 10-9 this afternoon. The Thoroughbreds are now 7-4 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Three different Herons logged three goals apiece in the victory. Senior Lucy Johnson, junior Kathleen Ragan and senior Kathryn Gillan each scored three times. Johnson, Gillan and first-year Cat Gorman each picked up three ground balls. First-year Rachel Hughes caused a game-high four turnovers. Senior Rosie Scheibel notched a goal and three assists, and senior Callie Frelinghuysen chipped in a goal and an assist. Sophomore Maggie McNair played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with eight saves.
Summer Segalas and Robin Fetterolf led Skidmore with two goals and an assist each. Ali Evans scooped up a game-high four ground balls, and Lexi Melville registered two goals. Spencer Morgan and Brittney Dioneda each recorded a goal and an assist. Rachel Klein played all 60 minutes in net for the Thoroughbreds and made four saves.
The Herons jumped out to a 3-0 lead just under five minutes into the game. Johnson struck first after a feed from Scheibel. Ragan followed and Gillan made it 3-0 off an assist from Sipple.
Skidmore answered with five straight goals of its own to take a 5-3 lead. Robin Fetterolf started the run. Tallies by Lexi Melville and Summer Segalas tied the game at three. With 12:46 left in the first half, Brittney Dioneda gave the Thoroughbreds their first lead of the game, and Fetterolf capped the run with a free position goal at 19:41 into the first.
Gillan capitalized on a free position for her second goal of the day to make it 5-4, but the Thoroughbreds logged two more goals in the final eight minutes of the opening half to take a 7-4 lead into the break.
William Smith came out strong in the second half, scoring four goals to begin the period. Junior Liz Seidel scored her third goal of the season 1:59 in after a pass from Scheibel to make it 7-5. Frelinghuysen found the back of the net 32 seconds later to cut the deficit to one. Twenty-nine seconds later, Scheibel tied the game at 7-7. At 5:33 into the second, Johnson scored her second goal of the day to take back the lead for William Smith. Morgan tied things up at eight with a tally for Skidmore, but Ragan sent a shot home to put the Herons ahead 9-8. Just under two minutes later, Melville answered for the Thoroughbreds to tie the game for the fourth time of the afternoon this time at 9-9.
William Smith would not let the game slip away, notching four unanswered goals before the end of regulation. Sophomore Hannah Schickel started the run with her second tally of the season, and what proved to be the game-winner at 16:11. Johnson was able to capitalize on a free position, and Ragan and Gillan each registered their third goal of the day for the final.
William Smith held a slight 23-22 edge in shots. Each team scooped up 21 ground balls. Draw controls were also even with each team recording 12. The Herons were successful on 13-of-16 clear attempts, while the Thoroughbred also finished 13-for-16 on clears.
The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, April 14 when they travel to take on Rensselaer in another Liberty League game at 2 p.m.