William Smith Doubles up St. Lawrence in Liberty Opener

GENEVA, N.Y.-Sophomore Marissa Potter scored four goals and chipped in two assists to lead the William Smith lacrosse team to a 14-7 win over visiting St. Lawrence in the Liberty League opener for both teams on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.

The Herons improved to 3-3 and are 1-0 in league play, while the Saints are now 2-6 and 0-1 in the Liberty League. Junior Rosie Scheibel scored three goals for William Smith. Junior Katherine Vesce contributed two goals, one assist, and four ground balls. Five other Herons scored one goal.

Junior Callie Frelinghuysen picked up four ground balls and casued a game-high three turnovers, and Kathryn Gillan won a game-high five draw controls. Sophomore Jesse Wilson registered 10 saves to earn the win.

Kendall Harty led the Saints with two goals, and Kim Morse tallied a goal and an assist. Four other St. Lawrence players logged one goal. Anna Marchand also stopped 10 shots in 60 minutes of play.

St. Lawrence started things off with goals by Paige Powell and Harty to take a 2-0 lead. Potter scored her first goal of the day 10:37 in. Hanne Bailey gave the Saints a 3-1 advantage after an unassisted tally. Then the Herons came alive with a 4-0 run to take a 5-3 lead.

Junior Lucy Johnson started things off with a free position goal. Potter scored back-to-back goals to give William Smith its first lead of the game. Senior Cassie Findlay took advantage of a free position to cap the run. The Saints found the back of the net with 40 seconds left in the opening half to cut their deficit to 5-4 at the break.

The Herons came out and scored three straight goals to start off the second half. Sophomore Katie Dexter registered an unassisted tally 1:59 in. Potter found Vesce for her first goal of the day, and an unassisted tally by Scheibel put William Smith up 8-4.

Back-to-back St. Lawrence goals by Harty and Kim Morse cut the Heron lead to two. William Smith built its lead back up to five over the next 45 seconds. Vesce set up Scheibel's second goal of the afternoon, junior Gillian recorded an unassisted goal, and Potter fed Scheibel to make it 11-6. Alanna Piroli logged an unassisted tally to get the Saints within four with 8:36 remaining. However that was as close as St. Lawrence could get, as the sophomore Kathleen Ragan, Vesce, and Potter each scored in the final 6:10.

The Herons held a 35-30 advantage in shots, and a slight 21-20 lead in ground balls. The Saints won 12 draw controls, while William Smith came up with 11.

The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, April 2, when they host Clarkson for another Liberty League contest at 4:00 p.m.


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