Senior Lucy Johnson scored six goals to lead the third-seeded William Smith lacrosse team to a 14-10 win over No. 2 RIT in a Liberty League semifinal played in Troy, N.Y., this afternoon. The Herons will take on top-seeded RPI in the championship game tomorrow, May 5 at 3 p.m.
The Herons improve to 9-8 this season, avenging a 15-9 loss to the Tigers on May 27. RIT finished 2012 with a 10-7 overall record. The Engineers defeated fourth-seeded Union 10-8 in the other semifinal played this afternoon to earn their spot in the championship.
Johnson contributed four ground balls and shared a game-high with six draws. Senior Rosie Scheibel scored three goals and senior Callie Frelinghuysen added two goals and caused two turnovers. Frelinghuysen now ranks third in William Smith history with 80 career caused turnovers.
Senior Kathryn Gillan produced a goal and an assist and first-year Abbie West logged two goals and an assist. First-year Rachel Hughes scooped up a game-high eight ground balls. Sophomore Maggie McNair played all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith and finished with nine saves.
Shelby Vakiener led RIT with five goals and five ground balls and shared a game-high with six draws. Rebecca Lampson added two goal and two assists. Marlee Vlassis recorded two goals, and Tina Podrasky added a goal and an assist. Katelyn Crane played the opening 50:21 in goal and made 12 saves. Caitlin Conway came in for the final 9:39 and stopped two shots.
Scheibel struck first for the Herons 2:44 into the game. The RIT goalie committed a foul, and Scheibel capitalized on the empty net. Just over a minute later, Gillan scored from five yards out to give the Herons a 2-0 lead. With 18:05 on the clock in the first, Vakiener took advantage of a free position attempt to put the Tigers on the board. With 11:10 remaining in the opening half, West sent a high bouncing shot into the goal to give William Smith a 3-1 lead. Scheibel struck again with 7:34 on the clock to make it 4-1. Vakiener notched her second of the game 28 seconds later to put RIT within two. However, Johnson notched two before halftime to make it 6-2 at the break.
Just 2:10 into the second half, Vlassis found the back of the net after a feed from Lampson to get RIT within three. Johnson tallied back-to-back goals both on free positions to stretch the Heron lead to five. Frelinghuysen followed with a free position goal of her own to make it 9-3. Vakiener scored her third of the afternoon at 12:10 in the second to get the Tigers within five, however, the Herons then went on a 4-0 run to take control of the game. Scheibel started the run at 15:29. West notched her second of the day followed by two more Johnson goals to make it 13-4. RIT made things interesting scoring the next four goals to make the score 13-8. Lampson registered a two goals and an assist in the spurt. Frelinghuysen broke up the RIT rally, scoring her second of the day with 1:03 remaining after a pass from sophomore Hannah Schickel. The Tigers closed out the game with goals from Vakiener and Vlassis in the final minute.
The Herons held a 34- 23 advantage in ground balls and a 32-27 edge in shots. Each team won 13 draw controls. William Smith was successful on 13-of-19 clear attempts, while RIT finished 10-for-16.