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Herons hold off Tigers for 17-15 Liberty League win

The William Smith College lacrosse team held off RIT for a 17-15 Liberty League win this afternoon on Boswell Field. Juniors Geneva Calder and Hannah Connolly led the Herons with five points each.

William Smith improves to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while the Tigers suffered their first league loss to go to 2-1 and 4-5 overall. Calder posted three goals and two assists for the Herons, while Connolly dished out a game-high five assists. Sophomore Allie Flaherty logged three goals and an assist as well as a team-high four draws. Junior Emy Stratton added three goals and first-year Melissa Moore produced three points on two goals and an assist. Senior Rachel Hughes won one draw today, but that ties her for eighth place on the William Smith list with 91 career draws. Sophomore goalie Sarah Honan played all 60 minutes. She made 11 saves, scooped up a game-high six ground balls, and notched a game-high three caused turnovers.

Sage Sarkis led RIT with a game-high 10 points on seven goals and three assists. Emily Levecchi added five points on three goals and two assists. Maegen Schmauder chipped in two goals. Holly Leone picked up a team-high five ground balls and won three draws. Corrina Mandell won a game-high 11 draws. Caitlin Conway played all 60 minutes and finished with 10 saves for the Tigers.

RIT opened the game taking a two goal lead in the first two minutes. Connolly fed sophomore Alexandria Bird to put the Herons on the board 4:20 in. Sarkis notched her first goal of the afternoon on a free position 26 seconds later to make it 3-1 for RIT. Moore put the Herons within one, but Sarkis struck again to make it 4-2. Calder logged back-to-back goals 11 seconds apart to tie the game up at 4-4. The Tigers strung together three goals to take a 7-4 lead with 6:09 before the break. With 5:42 on the clock, first-year Sarah Benyo scored off a pass from Connolly. Stratton notched an unassisted tally with 4:48 left and Benyo found the back of the net for a second time, this one on a free position with 2:07 remaining in the first half, to tie the game up 7-7 at the break.

The Tigers scored first to start the second with Sarkis setting up Livecchi. Sixteen seconds later, Flaherty capitalized on a free position for William Smith to knot the game at eight, starting a four-goal run for the Herons. Stratton scored off a feed from Connolly, followed by back-to-back tallies from first-year Morgan Bayreuther. The goals were the first two of her collegiate career and gave William Smith an 11-8 lead. The Tigers then put together a three-goal run to tie things up for the third time at 11-11. With 18:13 left in regulation, senior Hayley Braun produced her first goal of the season. Sarkis answered for the Tigers and tied the game at 12-12 with 13:15 left. Stratton notched her third goal of the afternoon with 12:13 on the clock, giving William Smith a lead it would not surrender. Moore followed with her second goal of the day with 7:42 remaining. Sarkis notched her seventh of the afternoon on a free position with 6:10 to go to get the Tigers within one at 14-13. However, Flaherty posted back-to-back goals to push the Heron lead to three. With 1:28 remaining, Mariah Hettel logged her first goal of the season for RIT to make it 16-14, but Calder scored for William Smith with 51 seconds left and Livecchi added a goal for the Tigers with nine seconds to go for the final score.

The Herons finished with a 34-28 advantage in shots and 18-15 edge in ground balls. The Tigers won 19 draws, while William Smith came away with 13. The Herons were successful on 20-of-22 clear attempts, while RIT was successful on 18-of-21 tries.

The Herons hosted Rochester for another Liberty League game at 3 p.m on April 4.