Six members of the William Smith field hockey team were named to the All-Liberty League teams, while Head Coach Sally Scatton and her assistants were voted the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.
Sophomores Alexandra Frary, and Hannah Wood were two of six unanimous first team selections. They were joined on the first team by senior defender Madison Finn. Junior forward Alessandra Patrizio represented the Herons on the second team, while junior midfielder Jessica Borbee and junior defender Cydney Conley were All-Liberty League honorable mention.
Now in her 28th season at William Smith, Scatton’s Herons are 17-2 headed into the NCAA tournament. William Smith captured the Liberty League regular season title with a 5-1 record in conference play. Last Saturday, Nov. 7, the Herons captured their 11th Liberty League title. Scatton’s career record stands at 433-136-4 (.760). She is assisted by Sophie Riskie ’07, Rhonnie Peters, and Kendra Napierala ’15. William Smith will be making its 21st NCAA appearance under Scatton.
A two-time first team All-Liberty League honoree, Frary has six goals and six assists for 18 points this season. She is an important two-way player in the midfield for the Herons. As the center midfielder, she controls the William Smith midfield defense and is instrumental in triggering the Herons’ offensive transition. Frary was named the Liberty League Tournament’s Most Valuable Player for her strong play throughout the tournament. She scored the game-tying goal against Rochester and assisted on a goal against Vassar. In William Smith’s upset win over then No. 7 Ursinus on Sept. 5, she scored the games’ first goal.
Frary has played in 38 career games, recording eight goals and 10 assists for 26 points. Last season, she was a member of the NFHCA All-North Atlantic second team.
Wood, the 2014 Liberty League Rookie of the Year, was named to the first team for the second straight season. Entering the NCAA tournament, Wood leads the team with 28 goals and 62 points this season. She currently ranks second on the William Smith single-season goals list, two behind Kimberly O’Gorman’s single-season record of 30. Wood’s 62 points are third on the single-season list, five behind O’Gorman’s 67 points from 1987 and eight behind Riskie’s 70 from 2006. Wood is second in the Liberty League and third in the nation in goals per game (1.47) and fourth in the nation in points per game (3.26). She scored a career-high four goals twice this season, against New Paltz and then again in the Liberty League semifinal win over Vassar.
In 38 career games, Wood has 50 goals, 11 assists, and 111 points. She was the 15th and fastest Heron to reach the 100-point plateau, needing just 35 games to do it. She is currently sixth in career goals and 10th on the career points list. Among all active players in Division III, Wood has the best goals per game average (1.32) and is 14th in total goals, one of only two sophomores ranked in the top-25.
A two-time All-Liberty League honorable mention, Finn makes the jump up to the first team after a superb defensive season for William Smith. Entering the NCAA tournament, she has nine defensive saves, a Heron single-season record. She also collected a penalty stroke goal. Finn has been a key piece of the Heron defensive line all season and recorded two defensive saves in a 2-1 win against Ithaca and then recorded two defensive saves in the regular season meeting against Rochester.
Finn has played 78 career games in her four years with William Smith. She has seven goals and seven assists for 21 career points. Finn’s 11 defensive saves are second all-time in school history, five behind Charlotte Styer’s record.
Patrizio is making her second appearance on the All-Liberty League second team. This is her first appearance since being named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2013. Patrizio is second on the team with 21 goals and 48 points. Her goal and point totals this season are greater than her first two seasons as a Heron combined. Patrizio’s 21 goals are seventh on the William Smith single-season list and her 48 points are ninth. Patrizio is 17th in the nation in goals per game (1.11) and 18th in points per game (2.53). She scored a career-high four goals in the Herons’ 6-2 win over Geneseo.
In 56 games, Patrizio has amassed 35 career goals, 15 assists, and 85 points. She is 16th on the William Smith all-time list in both points and goals. Patrizio has been a member of the Liberty League All-Tournament team each of her first three seasons.
Borbee has had a breakout season in the midfield for the Herons. She has logged a career-high three goals and two assists for eight points. Borbee scored her first collegiate goal against Rensselaer off of a penalty corner. She also scored goals against Ithaca, and the game-winner against Rochester. Borbee has seen action in 49 career games.
Conley has started in 18 games this season for William Smith and shares the team lead with nine assists. After missing last season with an injury, she has been an important part of the Herons defense. With an assist against Vassar and strong defensive play against Rochester she was named to the Liberty League All-Tournament team. Conley recorded two assists against Nazareth and Rochester. Conley has seen action in 37 career games.
William Smith earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with its 3-1 win over Rochester in the Liberty League championship game. The Herons earned a first round bye in the NCAA tournament and will host second and third round games this weekend.