After defeating Vassar 18-13 on Friday afternoon, the William Smith College lacrosse team built a 9-1 lead in the first half and went on to top Bard College 16-6 in a Liberty League game played Saturday afternoon on Boswell Field. The Herons improve to 5-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while the Raptors fall to 3-8 and 0-5 in the Liberty League.
Junior Katie Sipple led William Smith with five points on two goals and three assists. Sophomore Hannah Connolly notched two goals and two assists. Sophomore Geneva Calder added two goals and an assist. Sophomore Emy Stratton and junior Rachel Hughes each scored twice. Hughes produced a game-high eight ground balls, which matches her career-high, and she added four caused turnovers. Sophomore Kate Byrne scored a goal and won a team-high three draws. First-year Sarah Honan played the opening 16:08 and made one save. Sophomore Allie O’Hara came in for the final 43:25 and finished with four saves.
Joanna Regan led Bard with three goals. She added a game-high five draws and picked up three ground balls. Brianna Bean notched a goal and an assist as well as four ground balls, two draws and three caused turnovers. Winta Mehari played all 60 minutes in goal and made three saves.
The Herons jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening 13:52. Sophomore Allie Flaherty started things off with a free position goal just 13 seconds in. Calder and Stratton followed with unassisted tallies before Flaherty chipped in her second goal of the game to make it 4-0 at 4:01 in. Connolly logged back-to-back goals to stretch the William Smith lead to six. Sophomore Meg Hannan scored her fourth goal of the season off a feed from Connolly, and Sipple notched her first goal of the afternoon off an assist from Calder to cap the game-opening run. With 9:55 left in the first, Regan scored her first goal of the game, putting the Raptors on the board. Sipple struck again in the final minute of the first half, this time after a quick pass from Connolly to make it 9-1 at the break.
Byrne opened the second half with a goal off an assist from Sipple, but the Raptors responded with tallies from Alexandra Clarke and Bean to make it 10-3 just over five minutes into the second half. Just 33 seconds later, first-year Julia Wasserman recorded her first collegiate goal after a pass from classmate Abbey Foote. It was also Foote’s first point as a Heron. Bard scored the next three goals to cut the William Smith lead to five. However, Hughes took back the momentum for the Herons scoring back-to-back goals which started a 5-0 run over the final 4:45 for William Smith.
The Herons held a 26-12 advantage in shots, a 21-19 edged in ground balls and a 13-11 lead in draws. William Smith was successful on all but two clear attempts (13-for-15), while Bard went 12-for-21.
The Herons will be back in action on Friday, April 18, when they travel to play a Liberty League game at Rochester at 4 p.m.