The William Smith College lacrosse team built up a 6-1 lead in the first half and went on to defeat Skidmore College 10-5 in a Liberty League game played this afternoon in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Herons improve to 3-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while the Thoroughbreds fall to 2-8 and 1-3 in the Liberty League.
Junior Katie Sipple led William Smith with two goals and two assists. Sophomores Geneva Calder and Hannah Connolly each produced two goals. Calder shared a team-high with five ground balls and added two caused turnovers. Sophomore Emy Stratton earned an assist and won three draws. Junior Rachel Hughes also came away with three draws and scored a goal.
First-year goalie Sarah Honan played all 60 minutes in goal and made nine saves. She also scooped up give ground balls and led the Herons with four caused turnovers.
Spencer Morgan netted four goals and Tyler Phillips logged a goal and two assists, while Caroline Bowne collected five ground balls and caused a game-high five turnovers. In goal, Megan Kolopsky turned away a career-high 11 shots.
William Smith opened up a 2-0 lead just over two minutes into the contests on goals from first-year Allie Flaherty and Calder. Phillips cut the Skidmore deficit to one, but the Herons posted four unanswered goals over an eight and a half minute span, making in 6-1 midway through the first half. Connolly scored twice, Hughes tallied at 23:11 on a feed from Sipple, who also found the back of the net at 14:42. Morgan recorded her first goal at 12:52, converting on a pass from Phillips, but first-year Geneva Waite put William Smith ahead 7-2 with the final goal of the half.
After first-year Alexandra Bird made it 8-2 at 16:24 of the second half, Morgan netted back-to-back goals at 16:24 and 13:26, but the Thoroughbreds could not pull any closer, as Sipple and Calder added goals at 7:24 and 1:58, respectively, putting the game out of reach. Morgan produced the game’s final goal with 24 seconds remaining.
The Herons outshot the Thoroughbreds 25-24, owned a 23-20 edge in ground balls, and a 9-8 advantage in draw controls.
William Smith will be back in action on Tuesday, April 8, when they travel to play a non-league game at Ithaca at 5 p.m.