This weekend, Hobart and William Smith athletics clinched six home victories, including Liberty League Championships for the Herons field hockey and soccer teams. The Herons field hockey team defeated the University of Rochester 3-1 to capture its 11th Liberty League Championship, while William Smith soccer earned its ninth straight Liberty League tournament title in a 2-1 overtime victory against St. Lawrence University.
William Smith field hockey kicked off the lineup of home athletic events on Saturday morning with a face off against Rochester on the H.J. McCooey Memorial Field. Sophomore Alexandra Frary scored the game-tying goal and was named Tournament MVP.
Frary tied the game for William Smith (17-2) in the 14th minute. She collected a loose ball in the left side of the attacking circle, dribbled around two defenders and backhanded a shot past the Rochester goalie, Tara Lamberti.
William Smith turned up the offensive pressure in the second half. The Herons fired 14 shots on cage including the first eight of the half. In the 47th minute, Patrizio notched her 21st goal of the season. She collected a rebound in front of the cage and slapped a shot past Lamberti.
The Herons held a 26-12 advantage in shots and a 9-5 edge in penalty corners. Junior Biz Chirco stopped eight shots in goal for William Smith. Lamberti started in goal for the Yellowjackets and made 13 saves.
The Herons last Liberty League Championship came in 2012 when they defeated Rochester 3-1 on H.J. McCooey Memorial Field.
In addition to the championship, William Smith earns an automatic bid into the 24-team NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. They will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they take on the winner of Catholic University vs. Bridgewater College.
William Smith soccer earned its ninth consecutive Liberty League championship title with a 2-1 overtime victory against the St. Lawrence Saints on Saturday. Junior MacKenzie Smith scored the game-winning goal 1:50 into overtime to secure the win.
The Herons, the top seed in the tournament, improve to 16-1-1 overall, and earned the Liberty League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. It was William Smith’s 15th straight victory. No. 3 seed St. Lawrence is now 13-4-3 overall. Prior to the Saints’ goal on Saturday, the Herons had not allowed a goal since Sept. 12, a shutout streak that spanned 1,367:12 and 16 matches.
Just 1:52 into the match, the Saints took a 1-0 lead. Kaleigh White broke by her defender and placed her shot from the top right corner of the box into the top left corner of the goal, and out of reach of Heron first-year keeper Veronica Romines.
In the 66th minute, Longo evened the score for William Smith. Sophomore Kate Spiegel placed a perfect cross to find Longo inside the six, who redirected the ball into the goal with a header for her team-leading 11th goal of the season. The Herons had a number of chances for the go-ahead goal during regulation, but the St. Lawrence defense held strong. William Smith registered a 19-1 shot advantage in the second half.
Just 1:50 into the overtime period, junior Kara Shue pushed a pass inside the box to Smith on her left. Smith then pushed a low rolling shot into the back of the net to clinch the win for the Herons. It was her second goal of the season. Smith was tabbed the tournament’s MVP. Shue joined her on the all-tournament team as did teammates, junior defender Emma Diehl, Longo, senior defender Zoe Jackson Gibson, and Spiegel.
The Herons held a 29-4 advantage in shots and a 6-0 lead in corners. Romines finished with two saves in goal for William Smith and Kelsey West made eight saves in goal for St. Lawrence.
Over on Boswell field, Hobart football also faced off against St. Lawrence University, edging the 25th-ranked Saints 19-17. Also this weekend, Hobart hockey and William Smith swimming and diving both notched out victories in home season-openers. Statesmen hockey defeated Manhattanville College 6-1 on Friday night at The Cooler, following up with a 4-1 victory over Neumann University on Saturday. William Smith swimming and diving beat Alfred State 139-88, advancing to 2-0 on the season. William Smith ice hockey rounded out the weekend on Sunday with a 6-1 loss against Utica College, putting them at 2-2-0 for the season.
Competing on the road this weekend, William Smith squash opened its season with matches against Denison, Bucknell and Rochester in Buffalo, N.Y. Hobart and William Smith cross country competed in the ECAC championships at Williams College. William Smith placed 21st out of 46 teams, while the Statesmen finished 24th out of 40 teams. Hobart rowing finished its fall season at the Cornell invitational where they competed against Cornell, Syracuse, and Mercyhurst. For complete results and stories, visit: http://www.hwsathletics.com/.