Five members of the William Smith College lacrosse team garnered All-Liberty League honors as announced by the conference office today. Sophomore Alexandra Bird and senior Hayley Braun were voted to the all-conference first team.
Junior Geneva Calder and sophomore goalie Sarah Honan earned spots on the all-league second team and senior Rachel Hughes garnered honorable mention.
A two-time Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week and starter in all 16 games, Bird led William Smith with 47 goals and 53 points. She ranked fourth in the Liberty League in goals per game (2.94). Bird ranked second on the team with 25 draws and added 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers. She tied for second most on William Smith’s list for goals in a game with seven in a 15-8 win over Connecticut College. She also earned an assist for an eight-point game against the Camels. In the next game, Bird notched five goals and an assist in a 17-15 victory over Denison. She also produced six points on five goals and an assist in an 11-10 win over St. Lawrence.
Bird has played in 32 career games. She has logged 71 career points on 61 goals and 10 assists. Bird has also produced 18 ground balls, 37 draws and seven caused turnovers in her time at William Smith.
A defender, Braun saw time in all 16 games, starting 15. She led the team with 37 ground balls and shared a team-high with 20 caused turnovers. Braun ranked eighth in the conference in ground balls per game (2.31). This season she also logged a career-high seven points on two goals and five assists. She scooped up a season-high five ground balls in three games. Braun registered a career-high five points on a goal and four assists in William Smith’s season finale, her final collegiate game, a 15-8 win over RPI.
Braun played in 42 career games. She recorded 16 career points on nine goals and seven assists. Braun added 64 career ground balls, 17 career draws and 30 career caused turnovers.
A starter in every game, Calder shared a team-high with 20 caused turnovers this year. She ranked second with 36 ground balls and fourth with 19 draws. Calder also ranked second on the team with 28 points on 20 goals and eight assists. She notched four goals in three different games for the Herons this year. Calder registered a season-high five points on three goals and two assists in a 17-15 win over RIT. She added a season-high five ground balls to go with four goals against Brockport. Calder ranked ninth in the league in ground balls per game (2.25).
In 49 career games, Calder, who earned all-league second team honors for the second year in a row, has posted 52 goals and 17 assists for 69 points. She’s added 93 ground balls, 52 draws and 52 caused turnovers.
Honan played in 15 games for the Herons, starting 14 in goal. She finished the year with a 10.38 goals against average, a .496 save percentage and a 6-7 record. She logged a career-high 17 saves in a 10-6 win at Clarkson. Honan turned aside 10 or more saves in nine games this spring. She ranked third on the team with 33 ground balls and added 10 caused turnovers. Honan led the Liberty League in saves per game (9.40) and ranked third in save percentage. She was tabbed Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week twice and ECAC Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Week once.
Honan, who garnered all-conference second team honors for the second straight year, has played in 31 career games. She’s 14-15 in goal and has a 9.92 career goals against average and a .484 career save percentage.
A four-time all-league selection and two-time All-American, Hughes played in 13 games, starting 11. She was tied for fourth on the team with 26 ground balls and second with 17 caused turnovers. Hughes added 10 draws. She picked up a season-high six ground balls in her collegiate finale against RPI.
In 63 career games, Hughes posted 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points. She finished her career ranked second on the William Smith list for career caused turnovers with 116. She’s fifth on the Heron list for career ground balls with 178 and seventh on the list for career draws with 95. Hughes also holds the record for caused turnovers in a season with 50, which she set in 2014.
The Herons finished the year with a 7-9 overall record and a 5-4 mark in conference play. William Smith finished the year tied for fourth in the conference standings, but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with Rochester due to the Yellowjackets’ win over the Herons during the regular season.