Heavy defensive pressure couldn’t stop senior Annie Kietzman from becoming the 12th player in William Smith field hockey history to notch 100 career points. Kietzman scored a goal and added an assist in the Heron’s 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Rochester on McCooey Field on Saturday.
In the 12th minute, the Herons (6-1, 1-0) struck first when Kietzman took a Yellowjacket player one-on-one from midfield, beating her left in front of the goal and sending a hard ball to the back of the net. It was her 10th goal of the season and gave her exactly 100 career points.
The game went without another goal until after the half, when the Yellowjackets (8-1, 1-1) struck back and evened the score in the 50th minute. Senior Shelby Hall sent a hard drive across the middle of the circle, deflecting off of first-year Michelle Relin’s stick and past sophomore goalkeeper Catherine Hare.
The score remained tied until the waning minutes of the game, when the Herons capitalized on a penalty corner. Junior Margaret McConnell notched the game-winner, with assists coming from classmate Morgan Atanasio and Kietzman.
Hare improved to 6-0 with a pair of saves. Rochester keeper Madison Wagner turned back 12 shots. William Smith outshot the Yellowjackets 21-5 and had an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.
The Herons will travel to Nazareth College on Sept. 26 for a 7 p.m. game, while the Yellowjackets head to Cortland the same night for a 6 p.m. faceoff.