Herons Downed in Liberty Action at RIT

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Senior Lucy Johnson led the William Smith lacrosse team with a game-high five goals, but the Herons fell to host RIT 15-9 in a Liberty League game played this afternoon. The Herons are now 7-8 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

The Tigers improve to 9-6 overall and 6-2 in the Liberty League. Rebecca Lampson led RIT with four goals and three assists. Shelby Vakiener notched three goals and three assists, and Loren Azlein chipped in four goals. Marlee Vlassis contributed three goals, three assists, four ground balls, and a team-high four draws. Katelyn Crane played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with 16 saves.

Johnson shared a game-high with five ground balls, won a game-high six draws and caused two turnovers for the Herons. Junior Kathleen Ragan scored two goals and added an assist. Senior Kathryn Gillan produced two goals and seniors Callie Frelinghuysen and Rosie Schiebel earned two assists apiece.

Frelinghuysen shared a game-high with three caused turnovers. She now ranks fourth on the William Smith career caused turnovers list with 77, just two off of third place Amanda Wynn '03 who recorded 79 in her Heron career. Sophomore Maggie McNair played all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith and stopped six shots.

RIT scored three straight goals to take a 3-0 lead 6:22 into the game. At 10:16, Ragan put William Smith on the board after a pass from Scheibel. The Tigers notched two more goals to stretch their lead to 5-1. Back-to-back goals by Gillan followed by Johnson's first of the day cut the Heron deficit to one at 17:49. However, RIT scored three more goals, including two by Lampson in the final minute of the first half, to take an 8-4 lead into halftime.

The Tigers continued to control the game scoring three more goals to begin the second half. At 12:52 in the second, Ragan scored her second goal of the afternoon. Johnson found the back of the net just 17 seconds later after a feed from Frelinghuysen to make it 11-6.

Goals by Vakiener and Azlein gave RIT a 13-6 advantage with 10:41 remaining. Johnson attempted a comeback for the Herons scoring three straight goals over a span of 4:06 to make it 13-9. However, the Tigers found the back of the net two more times in the last 1:59 for the final margin.

William Smith held a 36-30 advantage in shots and a 17-9 lead in draw controls. Ground balls were even at 24 apiece. The Herons were successful on 14 of 20 clear attempts, while the Tigers finished 22 for 26.

The Herons have already clinched a spot in the Liberty League tournament, however tomorrow's league contest at Rochester will play a key role in William Smith's seeding. Tomorrow's game begins at 2:00 p.m.


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