Scheibel Nets Five as William Smith Downs Clarkson

GENEVA, N.Y.-Sophomore Rosie Scheibel netted a career-high five goals to lead the William Smith College lacrosse team past Clarkson 17-8 in a Liberty League contest this afternoon on McCooey Field. The Herons improve to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Golden Knights slip to 5-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Liberty League.

Including Scheibel, 12 Herons registered at least one point in the scoring column today. Sophomore Kathryn Gillan notched four goals, while senior Molly Fitzgerald tallied three goals and an assist. Junior Cassie Findlay (2 goals) and first-year Emily Leahy (1 goal-1 assist) each added two points.

Kimberly Loucks paced Clarkson with five goals, while Katie VanDeValk scored twice.

The Herons jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, thanks to goals from Fitzgerald, Gillan, and two from Scheibel. Loucks netted back-to-back goals to halve Clarkson's deficit with just over 20 minutes remaining in the first half.

Scheibel tallied consecutive goals again to push the Herons' lead back to four, 6-2, but Saryn Campbell and VanDeValk responded with two more to pull the visitors within two with 4:06 on the clock. Two more goals from Gillian sandwiched a score by Loucks end the frame, giving William Smith an 8-5 halftime advantage.

The Herons opened the second half in the same fashion as the first; with four unanswered goals. Findlay, Gillan, Scheibel, and Fitzgerald scored to give William Smith a comfortable 12-5 lead with just under 23 minutes on the clock. The Herons continued to pull away, increasing their lead to as many as 10 following a goal from Leahy, and outscoring the Golden Knights 5-3 for the remainder of the game.

William Smith first-year goalie Jesse Wilson collected eight stops en route to her fifth win of the year, while Hannah Walters picked up 12 saves for Clarkson.

Overall, the Herons outshot the Golden Knights 41-29. William Smith also held advantages in ground balls (22-18) and draw controls (16-11).

The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, April 10, when they host St. Lawrence for another Liberty League contest at 3:00 p.m. Clarkson will visit No. 3 Hamilton tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.


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