William Smith college seniors Catherine Hare and Caitlin Moran and first-year Hannah Wood received field hockey awards at the annual William Smith Athletics banquet on April 21. Hare and Moran shared the Beverly Singer ’74 Hockey Coach’s Award while Wood was presented with the Charles P. Boswell ’50 Field Hockey Award as the team’s most valuable player.
A starter in all 19 games for the Herons this season, Hare logged a career-high 112 saves in the cage for William Smith. She posted an 11-8 record, including four shutouts. Hare made a season-high 14 saves against Ursinus. She finished her senior campaign with a 1.91 goals against average and a .762 save percentage. This season Hare was named the Liberty League and ECAC Mid-Atlantic Defensive player of the week once.
Hare ended her career with a 29-12 overall record, the seventh most wins on the Herons’ all-time list. In 11 of her wins she did not allow the opponent to score a goal, finishing tied for 11th most among all William Smith goalies. Hare turned aside 207 shots to post a career save percentage of .767 and a career goals against average of 1.51.
Moran started all 19 games in the midfield for the Herons this season. The All-Liberty League and All-NFHCA North Atlantic second teamer finished the year with one assist. She played an integral part in the midfield for a team comprised of 16 first-years and sophomores. Moran was also named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team and the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad.
A three-year starter, Moran finished her Heron career with six goals and nine assists for 21 points. Shew was a two-time member of the All-Liberty League second team.
Wood started every game for William Smith in her rookie season. She led the Herons offensively, recording 22 goals and 49 points. The Liberty League and ECAC Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Rookie of the Year finished the season second in the Liberty League in points, points per game (2.58) and goals per game (1.16) and third in the conference in goals. Wood ranked ninth in the nation in goals and points per game. She was the top rookie scorer in the conference and finished second in the nation in points per game and third in goals per game among rookies. Wood finished the season with two hat tricks and scored three or more points on 10 occasions with William Smith posting a 9-1 record in those games.
Wood’s outstanding first season saw her named Liberty League Rookie of the Week six-times and ECAC Mid-Atlantic Rookie of the Week twice. She also broke two school rookie scoring records. Against St. John Fisher College, on Oct. 21, she notched her second hat trick of the season bringing her season goal total to 18, surpassing Sophie Riskie’s total of 17 goals from her rookie season. In the same game, her second goal put her at 39 points on the season which surpassed the 38 points Melissa Crowley ’91 recorded in her first-year as a Heron.
Wood was one of two recipients of the Stephanie Christie Award as the William Smith Rookie of the Year.
The Herons finished 2014 with an 11-8 overall record. William Smith advanced to the Liberty League tournament championship game after upsetting top seeded Rochester 3-2 in the semifinals. The Herons have posted 29 consecutive winning seasons.