No. 19 William Smith Knocked off by Geneseo

GENEVA, N.Y.-Geneseo scored on a free position with 25 seconds left in regulation to defeat No. 19 William Smith, 16-15 in a non-conference game today on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.

The Herons are now 2-3 this season. It was the fourth game William Smith has played that has been decided by just one goal. The Herons topped both of their opponents in Florida by one, and Nazareth edged William Smith 15-14 in its season opener. The Blue Knights improve their record to 3-0.

Junior Rosie Scheibel and sophomore Marissa Potter led the Herons with four goals apiece. Potter also chipped in an assist, and a team-high five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Junior Katherine Vesce recorded three goals and a helper. Junior Lucy Johnson logged two assists, and sophomore Kathleen Ragn added a goal and an assist.

Caroline Buonocore scored a game-high eight goals for Geneseo. Rachel Petrone and Emily Haggerty each contributed two goals and an assist. Anna Hutchings scored twice and won seven draw controls. Kim Magee had a goal and an assist.

The Herons started off the game with three straight goals. Johnson set up Scheibel for the game's first goal just 45 seconds in. Sophomore Katie Dexter and Ragan followed with unassisted tallies just 23 seconds apart. Geneseo answered with free position goals by Hutchings and Buonocore to make it 3-2.

Senior Cassie Findlay scored an unassisted goal, and 17 seconds later, Vesce found the back of the net to make it 5-2. The Blue Knights' Kim Magee and Vesce traded goals before Geneseo exploded for a 4-0 run for its first lead of the game at 7-6. Emily Haggerty had a goal and an assist in the spurt, and Buonocore scored twice.

Scheibel tied the game up at seven with 6:17 left in the half. The Blue Knights went on another 4-0 run over the next 4:01. Buonocore scored three goals in a row, and Petrone capped the run to give Geneseo an 11-7 lead. Kathryn Gillan capitalized on a free position to cut the Heron deficit to three at the break.

Vesce put William Smith within two 1:21 into the second half. Goals by Lea Parris and Haggerty built the Blue Knights' lead back to four. But the Herons would not go away quietly. Potter powered a 4-0 run for William Smith which tied the game at 13. Potter scored three goals in a row over 1:13, and Vesce set up a Scheibel goal for the game's second tie.

At 8:15 in the second, a free position goal by Buonocore put Geneseo back on top, but Scheibel's fourth goal of the day tied things up at 14. Petrone and Potter traded free position goals to make it 15-15 with 7:50 remaining. Buonocore scored the game-winner on a free position for the final with just 25 seconds left on the clock.

William Smith held a slight 33-27 advantage in shots and a 15-10 edge in ground balls. Geneseo held the advantage in draw controls, 17-16. Sophomore Jesse Wilson stopped eight shots in 56:19. First-year Maggie McNair came in to play 3:41. Annie Smith played all 60 minutes in goal for the Blue Knights and stopped 10 shots.

The Herons will be back in action on Friday, April 1 when they host St. Lawrence for their Liberty League opener at 4:00 p.m.


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