Hobart and William Smith will host the Liberty League Field Hockey and Liberty League Women’s Soccer Championship games on Saturday, Nov. 7. The sixth-ranked Heron’s field hockey team will take on 20th-ranked University of Rochester at 11 a.m. on McCooey Field, and No. 3 ranked William Smith soccer will face-off against St. Lawrence University at 1 p.m. on Cozzens Field.
The top-seeded Herons field hockey team (16-2) advanced to the championship after dispatching Vassar 4-0 on Wednesday evening. Sophomore Hannah Wood matched a William Smith single-game record scoring all four goals. Junior Biz Chirco stopped all nine shots she faced to record her second shutout of the season.
Second-seeded Rochester (16-4) topped Skidmore 2-0 in the other semifinal. Nicole Cerza and Michelle Relin scored for the Yellowjackets, while Tara Lamberti made five saves in the shutout.
Saturday’s game is the second meeting between William Smith and Rochester. On Oct. 7, the Herons edged the Yellowjackets 3-2 on McCooey Field. Wood, Alessandra Patrizio, and Jessica Borbee scored for William Smith. Senior Madison Finn recorded two key defensive saves. Relin and Sayake Abe scored for Rochester while Lamberti made nine stops in goal.
William Smith field hockey is led offensively by the powerful one-two punch of Wood and Patrizio. They have combined to score 48 of the Herons’ 68 goals this season. Wood continues to climb in the William Smith record books. Her 28 goals are tied for second on the Heron single-season list, two behind Kim O’Gorman’s 30. Wood’s 62 points are third on the single-season list, five behind O’Gorman and eight behind Sophie Riskie’s 70-point season in 2006. Patrizio is second on the team with 20 goals and 45 points. Junior Cydney Conley and sophomore Maura Moran are tied for the team lead with nine assists. Finn anchors the William Smith defensive line and has eight defensive saves. Chirco has seen a majority of minutes in goal and has a 1.73 goals against average and a .731 save percentage this season.
Relin leads the Yellowjackets in goals (18), assists (7), and points 43. Nicole Cerza is second with 10 goals and 21 points. Lamberti has been the mainstay in goal for Rochester, starting all 20 games. She is currently third in the nation with a .879 save percentage and fifth in the nation with a 0.67 goals against average. As a team, Rochester is second in the nation in save percentage (.886) third in the nation in goals against average (0.63) and ninth in shutouts per game (0.53).
The top-seeded Herons soccer team will vie for their ninth straight league tournament title when they take on St. Lawrence on Saturday.
William Smith topped No. 4 seed Vassar 5-0 in its semifinal match on Wednesday to secure a spot in the championship. The Saints defeated No. 2 seeded RIT 3-1 in Rochester, N.Y., in their semifinal.
The Herons bring a 15-1-1 overall record into the championship match and have logged 14 straight victories all by shutout. Senior Krista Longo and junior Brie Ruane lead the team with 23 points each on 10 goals and three assists. Junior Kara Shue has earned a team-high eight assists. First-year goalie Kaileen Murray has played the majority of minutes and leads the nation in goals against average (0.08) and save percentage (.960).
William Smith ranks second in the nation in shutout percentage (.882) and fifth in goals against average (0.17). The Herons are also eighth in Division III in save percentage (.914) and win percentage (.912).
St. Lawrence brings a 13-3-2 overall record to Geneva. Kaleigh White leads the Saints with 29 points on 14 goals and an assist. Katie Stames has notched seven goals and a team-high 10 assists for 24 points. Kelsey West has played the majority of minutes in goal and is sporting a 0.80 goals against average, a .788 save percentage and a 13-3-2 record in goal.
When the teams met during the regular season, the Herons earned a 5-0 victory in Canton, N.Y. The championship will be a rematch of the 2014 Liberty League tournament championship. Last year, William Smith earned a 2-0 win over the Saints in Geneva.
Fans unable to make it to Cozzens Field can follow the action online with Live Stats and All-Access Video.
Also this weekend, Hobart football will host St. Lawrence University on Boswell Field at noon on Saturday. At the Cooler, Hobart hockey will host Manhattanville College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and Neumann University at 4 p.m. on Saturday. William Smith swimming and diving will also host Alfred State University at 1 p.m on Saturday. Rounding out the weekend, William Smith ice hockey will face Utica College at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the Cooler.