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Heron Field Hockey Jumps to #10

Three members of the Hobart College hockey team were recognized by the ECAC West conference office this week. First-year Nick Bingaman was named Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Lino Chimienti was tabbed the Goalie of the Week. Senior Tommy Fiorentino earned a spot on the league’s weekly honor roll.

The William Smith College field hockey team, bolstered by a 4-3 overtime win at then No. 13 Messiah on Saturday, moved up one spot to No. 10 in the latest Penn Monto / National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

William Smith (14-3) closed out the regular season with a pair of victories last week, blanking Nazareth 7-0 in Geneva on Wednesday and outlasting the Falcons three days later. The Herons fell into a 2-0 hole at Messiah, but scored three straight goals to take the lead in the 42nd minute. The Falcons evened the match with just 62 seconds remaining in regulation, but first-year Alessandra Patrizio scored the game-winning goal just 22 seconds into overtime to give William Smith its first win over Messiah since 1999.

 The Heron senior quartet of Taylor Cappello, Melanie O’Connor, Margaret McConnell and Julia Simmons pace the offense. Cappello leads the team in goals (14), assists (8), and points (36). O’Connor is second in points with 21, despite missing four games due to injury. McConnell has 19 points and two of the team’s three defensive saves, and Simmons has 17 points.

In goal, first-years Amy Feda and Biz Chirco have combined for a 1.52 goals against average and a .720 save percentage with two shutouts.

William Smith begins its quest for an 11th Liberty League Championship at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, when the Herons visit No. 19 Rochester (14-5). The Herons and Yellowjackets tied for second in the conference standings with 4-2 records, but Rochester earned the right to host tomorrow’s semifinal by virtue of a 3-1 win over William Smith back on Oct. 11.

The Herons have already played five games against nationally-ranked opponents, posting a 2-3 record. Both victories went to overtime (William Smith beat then No. 15 Cortland 2-1), while the other two losses were one-goal decisions (a 1-0 setback at No. 1 Montclair State and a 3-2 loss at then No. 17 Skidmore).

WHWS-FM (105.7 in Geneva) will broadcast the match live. Fans can also follow along online with All-Access Video and Live Stats.

Top seeded Skidmore hosts fourth-seeded Vassar in the other semifinal. The winners will meet in the championship match on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the highest remaining seed.