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Herons advance in the NCAA tournament

William Smith College senior Melissa Moore led the No. 16 Heron lacrosse team with eight points on seven goals and an assist in an 18-8 victory over Endicott at TCNJ’s Lions Stadium on Saturday. With William Smith’s eighth straight win, the Herons improve to 15-4 this year.

The Herons advance to the NCAA tournament second round, where they will face No. 1 TCNJ (17-2) tomorrow, May 13, at Lions Stadium at 1 p.m.

Saturday’s game is the first time a Heron has scored seven goals in a game in May since Jennifer Bertsch scored seven times against Franklin & Marshall on May 14, 1994. Nine different Herons scored a goal and 10 had at least a point in the win. First-year Rachel Yackel produced her third hat trick of the season. First-year Ellie Burns scored twice. First-year Anna Murphy and first-year Kelsey Williams each logged a goal and an assist. First-year Mekayla Montgomery had a game-high five ground ball and won six draws. Senior Kelsi Carr won a season-high seven draw, picked up three ground balls and had a caused turnover. Senior Cat Wolf had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. First-year Jules Kennedy played the opening 37:52 and made one save. First-year Olivia Hofmann came in for the final 22:08 and made two stops.

Jennifer Lacroix and Allie Lawlor led Endicott with three points on two goals and an assist. Lawlor also had three caused turnovers. Meghan Dutchyshyn scored twice. Molly McMahon and Gabriella Prisco each picked up three ground balls. Prisco also caused three turnovers and won three draws. Bella Rino played the first half in goal for Endicott and made seven saves. Alexandra Rose came in for the second half and made five saves.

Moore registered her first goal of the afternoon 3:29 in to give the Herons a 1-0 lead. The Gulls put together the next three goals to build a 3-1 lead. Dutchyshyn scored Endicott’s first two goals and Olivia Larson scored on a free position.

The Herons responded with an eight-goal run to take a 9-3 lead. Moore scored two straight to start the run. Murphy found the back of the net after a pass from Williams. Murphy then set up a transition goal by Ellie Burns to make it 5-3. Burns scored again just under a minute later to extend the Heron lead to three. Moore made it 7-3 drilling her shot into the top left corner of the goal. Benyo followed with a sidearm bouncing shot and Moore notched her fifth of the afternoon off a feed from junior Bizzer Gahagan to put the Herons up by six.  Allie Lawlor scored with 22 seconds left in the first to make the score 9-4 at halftime.

Jennifer Lacroix opened the second half scoring just 1:04 in, getting the Gulls within four. However, Moore matched her season-high tallying her sixth of the day to put William Smith up 10-5. Williams found the back of the net on a shot from right in front to put the Herons back up by six. Lacroix notched her second goal of the day on a free position and Jackie Healy followed to cut the Gulls’ deficit to four with 22:08 remaining.

However, William Smith tallied the next seven goals to put the game out of reach. Yackel started off the run, registering a natural hat trick to give the Herons a 14-7 lead with 17:56 on the clock. Moore recorded her seventh of the day and team-leading 49th of the season. Carr chipped in her eighth goal of the year, followed by first-year Shayla Meehan and sophomore Rachel Slagle‘s second goals of the season. With 1:33 left, Lawlor cut through the Heron defense and found the back of the net for the Gulls for the final score.

The Herons finished with a 40-15 advantage in shots, a 23-18 lead in ground balls and a 17-11 edge in draws. William Smith was successful on 8-of-11 clears, while Endicott went 9-for-15 on clears.