Coming off a seven-point weekend, sophomore forward Julia Mings was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Week by the league office on Jan. 15. She led William Smith College to a pair of shutout victories over King’s College, scoring six goals and adding an assist.
In the first game against the Monarchs on Saturday, Mings broke the Heron single game record with four goals, scoring once in the first period, once in the second and twice in the third as William Smith cruised to a 9-0 win. The following afternoon, she opened the scoring and assisted on another goal as the Herons jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead. Mings tacked on her final goal of the weekend in the second period in a 10-0 triumph.
Mings has played in all 15 games this season, recording 13 goals and five assists for 15 points. She is tied for the national lead with four game-winning goals and is second on the team and eighth in the nation in goals per game (0.87).
The William Smith hockey program is in its fifth varsity season. Prior to this year, the Heron season record for goals was 12. This season, three William Smith players have equaled or surpassed that mark. First-year Abbey Luth leads the team with 14 goals followed by Mings and sophomore Jules Kennedy, who has 12 goals. Mings needs one more game winner to equal the Heron season record that she matched last season.
Mings has played in 41 games at William Smith, logging 22 goals and 14 assists for 36 points. She holds the Heron career record for game-winning goals (9) and ranks fifth in career goals and eighth in career points.
William Smith is 12-3-0 overall with a 10-0-0 mark in the UCHC. The Herons begin a three-game road trip this weekend with a pair of UCHC games at Manhattanville (9-5-2, 6-3-1). On Saturday, Jan. 19, William Smith and the Valiants faceoff at 7 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. start on Sunday.
The teams met for the first time last season, with the Herons prevailing in a pair of 2-1 games in Geneva.