Fast Start Propels the Herons Past Knights

GENEVA, N.Y.-The William Smith lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals of their non-conference contest against Geneseo and cruised to a 21-13 victory on McCooey Field. The Herons were led by senior attack Molly Fitzgerald's (Gould Academy/Sudbury, Mass.) game-high nine points.

William Smith (3-2) needed just eight seconds to start the scoring. Sophomore midfielder Lucy Johnson (Millburn/Short Hills, N.J.) corralled the opening draw and went straight to cage for her 12th goal of the season. Eighteen seconds later, sophomore attack Rosie Scheibel (Auburn/Auburn, N.Y.) netted an unassisted strike.

Johnson, Scheibel, Fitzgerald, sophomore midfielder Kathryn Gillan (Brookline/Brookline, Mass.), and first-year midfielder Marissa Potter (Concord Carlisle/Concord, Mass.) each netted a pair of goals during William Smith's 10-goal outburst that extended just beyond the midpoint of the first half.

Geneseo junior attack Lauren Burgoon (West Genesee/Syracuse, N.Y.), off an assist from senior midfielder Abby Hungerford (Corcoran/Syracuse, N.Y.), got the Knights on the board in the 20th minute. The teams played even over the final 10 minutes of the half with the Herons carrying a 13-3 lead into the break.

Geneseo (2-2) scored five of the second half's first seven goals to close within seven, 15-8, but Fitzgerald and Scheibel combined to score four of the game's next five goals to restore William Smith's 10-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining. The Knights were unable to mount any kind of a threat down the stretch.

Fitzgerald finished with six goals and three assists, while Scheibel added four goals. Gillan, Johnson, and senior midfielder Brittany Callaghan (St. Luke's School/Armonk, N.Y.) all posted three-point days. Callaghan also picked up a game-high five ground balls. In goal, first-year Jesse Wilson (Rutland/Rutland, Vt.) made seven saves to earn the win.

Hungerford paced Geneseo with five goals and an assist, while first-year midfielder Rachel Petrone (Penfield/Rochester, N.Y.) added four goals. Hungerford also grabbed a game-high six draw controls. Junior Annie Smith (Penfield/Rochester, N.Y.) and first-year Julie Bernatzky (Mt. Sinai/Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) split time in the goal. Smith had four saves on 18 shots in 35:11, while Bernatzky stopped three of 10.

William Smith had a 35-27 advantage in shots, a 19-12 edge in ground balls, and committed six fewer turnovers (19-13). The Knights controlled the draw 22-13.

The Herons open Liberty League play on April 2 when they visit Vassar. That contest is scheduled to being at 4:00 p.m. Geneseo is back in action at 4:00 p.m. on March 30, when the Knights visit St. Lawrence in another non-conference match.


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