Hughes Scores Six, as Cardinals Fly by the Herons

PITTSFORD, N.Y.-St. John Fisher's Taylor Hughes scored a game-high six goals to lead Cardinal to a 14-9 win over William Smith in a non-conference game played this afternoon.

The Cardinals improved to 4-3 overall. Hughes also earned an assist. Erin Ward notched three goals and an assist and picked up two ground balls for St. John Fisher. Melissa Leonard also registered three goals, and recorded a team-high four ground balls.

William Smith is now 1-3 overall. Senior Rosie Scheibel and junior Kathleen Ragan each produced two goals and an assist for the Herons. Senior Lucy Johnson added two goals and won four draw controls, and senior Callie Frelinghuysen chipped in a goal and two assists and led the team with three ground balls. First-year Katie Sipple contributed a goal and an assist. First-year Cat Gorman recorded a game-high three caused turnovers.

The start of the first half was back-and-forth with the teams trading goals for the first five minutes. Hughes started things off for St. John Fisher 1:12 in, but Frelinghuysen answered for William Smith 26 seconds later. Ward made it 2-1 for the Cardinals, but Ragan fed Scheibel to tie the game at two.

Leonard took back the lead for St. John Fisher, and Hughes notched her second of the day to make it 4-2. At 11:39, Scheibel set up a goal by Ragan and junior Liz Seidel scored her first goal of the season to tie the game up at four. The Cardinals picked up speed in the remainder of the first half, rattling off five unanswered goals to take a 9-4 lead into the break. Hughes notched two more goals in the run.

The Herons struck first 4:51 into the second half. Ragan was able to find the back of the net for the second time in the game. Hughes capitalized on a free position to make it 10-5 but William Smith would not go away quietly, scoring three goals in a span of 19 seconds. Goals by Scheibel, Johnson and Sipple made it a two-goal game at 10-8. St. John Fisher responded to the Heron run with four straight goals to go up 14-8. Ward logged two in the spurt. Johnson scored with just under four minutes remaining for the final.

Sophomore Maggie McNair played all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith and stopped 10 shots. Molly Naylon played the opening 41:57 in net for the Cardinals and finished with three saves. Caroline Trpcevski came in to play the final 18:03 and stopped five shots.

The Cardinals held a 28-18 advantage in shots and a 23-14 edge in ground balls. St. John Fisher won 13 draw controls, while the Herons won 12. The Cardinals were 16 of 19 on clear attempts, while William Smith was successful on 13 of 17 clearing attempts.

The Herons will begin Liberty League play with two games this weekend. William Smith will host Vassar on Friday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m., and then the Herons will take on Bard on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. on Boswell Field.

2012-03-27



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