The 16th ranked William Smith College lacrosse team will take on ninth-ranked St. John Fisher in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, May 15, in Waterville, Maine. Opening draw is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Bill Alfond Field on the campus of Colby College.
Per Colby’s campus policies, visitors are not allowed on campus. Spectators will not be allowed to attend. The game will be streamed on the Northeast Sports Network and live stats will be provided through colbyathletics.com. Veteran broadcaster Ted Baker will describe the action on WHWS-FM (105.7 in Geneva).
William Smith brings a 10-4 overall record into Saturday’s game and is riding a four-game win streak. The Herons advanced to the round of 16 thanks to a 13-5 win over No. 1 Franklin & Marshall on Sunday, May 9. The Diplomats took a 2-1 lead early in the game, but the Herons defense clamped down and held the Diplomats off the board for the next 37:42. William Smith scored 12 unanswered goals during that run. Seniors Kelsey Williams (4g) and Anna Murphy (3g 1a) each had a game-high four points in the victory.
Offensively, the Herons are led by sophomore Maddie Montgomery who has 48 goals, eight assists and 56 points. Senior Ellie Burns is second with 25 goals and 31 points. She scored her 100th career goal in William Smith’s 19-3 win over Meredith in the first round of the tournament. Murphy (23), Williams (20) and junior Payton McMahon (20) also have 20 goals this season.
The Herons enter the game ranked 47th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 8.50 goals per game. The defense is led by the senior duo of Mekayla Montgomery and Ellen Arena. Montgomery leads the team with 33 caused turnovers and 51 ground balls. Arena is right behind her with 23 caused turnovers and 29 ground balls. Montgomery and sophomore Molly Davis lead the team with 54 draw controls each. Maddie Montgomery is right behind them with 42.
First-year Maddie Bamberger has played a majority of the minutes in goal. She is 10-2 with a 7.48 goals against average and a .415 save percentage. Her GAA is 22nd best in the nation.
St. John Fisher brings a 16-1 overall record into Saturday’s game and have won 11 straight games. The Empire 8 champion Cardinals defeated Cazenovia 25-0 ad Catholic 15-9 to advance to the third round.
Offensively St. John Fisher is led by Sydney DeGirolamo’s 67 points. She is the playmaker of the unit dishing out a team best 35 assists. Alyssa Sproule leads the Cardinals with 48 goals and is third with 54 points. Brittany Halpin ranks second on the team with 47 goals, 17 assists and 58 points.
St. John Fisher ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing a mere 4.54 goals per game. Erin Mills leads the charge with 29 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 32 ground balls. Logan Chase has a team best 36 ground balls and is second with 29 caused turnovers. DeGirolamo has won 116 draws and is 10th in the nation averaging 7.94 draw controls per game.
Claudia Mocciaro is the backbone of the defense. She is 16-1 with a 4.36 GAA and a .462 save percentage. She has the nation’s top goals against average and is 71st in save percentage.
Saturday’s game will be the 17th all-time meeting between William Smith and St. John Fisher. The series is currently tied 8-8. This will be the second meeting between the Herons and Cardinals this year. On March 24, St. John Fisher escaped Growney Stadium with a 7-6 win. It was the fifth straight one goal game in the series.
The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the quarterfinals where they will face the winner of the Messiah-Cortland game on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. The Falcons are ranked 10th in the nation and the Red Dragons are 13th.