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Herons Advance for Liberty League Title

The William Smith College lacrosse team secured its second straight and fourth overall Liberty League tournament championship with a 14-4 win over Skidmore College today on Boswell Field. Junior Melissa Moore led the way with seven points on six goals and an assist.

The Herons are now 18-1 overall and are riding a 15-game win streak. William Smith earns the Liberty League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will be making its 19th appearance in program history. The bracket will be released with a selection show on Sunday, May 7, at 9:30 p.m., on NCAA.com.

Senior goalie Sarah Honan made 10 saves, picked up a team-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers. She was named the tournament’s MVP and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Teammates, senior Allie Flaherty, junior Melissa Moore, senior Jackie Rogers, sophomore Laura Rollins and senior Alexandra Bird joined her on the team.

Cas Szwajkowski, Rachel Talanian, Megan Kolopsky and Tyler Phillips represented Skidmore on the all-tournament team. Rochester’s Danielle Diacovo and St. Lawrence’s Julia Mitiguy also earned all-tournament accolades. Skidmore finished its season with a 12-6 overall record.

Moore also won a team-high three draws for the Herons. First-year Nicki Santora notched her first career hat trick. Flaherty added two goals and an assist and won two draws. Bird chipped in two goals, three ground balls and a caused turnover. Rogers scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Four different players scored for Skidmore. Natalie LaBeau had a goal and won four draws. Rachel Talanian recorded a game-high six ground balls and five draws and notched two caused turnovers. Phillips caused a game-high four turnovers and had two ground balls, two draws and an assist. Kolopsky made 10 saves in goal for the Thoroughbreds.

The Herons scored the first four goals of the game. Moore opened the scoring with back-to-back goals. The first came off an assist from junior Ali Burns and the second on a free position. Nine seconds later, Flaherty won a draw and sent a pass ahead to Santora who notched her first of the day, before Flaherty scored one of her own. The Thoroughbreds then registered back-to-back free position goals. The first came from LaBeau and the second from Lilla Seymour to make it 4-2 with 14:49 left in the first. With 8:41 on the clock, Flaherty beat two Skidmore defenders to tally her second of the day. Flaherty leads the Herons with 42 goals this season. With 8:23 left in the first, Louisa Vincent one-timed a pass from Phillips to cut the Skidmore deficit to two at halftime.

Szwajkowski got the Thoroughbreds within one 22 seconds into the second half. However, the Herons closed out the game with nine straight goals. Moore and Bird took turns scoring the first five goals of the run. Moore scored three goals with two coming on free positions and Bird chipped in two unassisted tallies. Bird has 40 goals this season. With 9:49 to go, Carr logged her 15th of the season. Santora produced her second goal of the day with seven minutes remaining off a feed from Moore after a free position attempt. Moore registered her sixth of the day and 38th of the season with 4:57 remaining, and Santora capped her hat trick and closed out the scoring with 3:12 to go. It was her eight goal this spring.

The Herons finished with a 39-15 advantage in shots and a 22-13 edge in ground balls. Skidmore had the 13-7 lead in draws. William Smith was successful on 21-of-17 clear attempts and the Thoroughbreds finished 14-of-17 clears.