William Smith Rallies Past Nazareth

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Visiting William Smith outscored Nazareth 9-3 in the second half to rally past the Golden Flyers 14-11 in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. Senior Megan Cregan tallied four goals and junior Tara Prosak amassed a game-high 13 saves for Nazareth.

Following the loss, the Golden Flyers fall to 0-2 overall on the season. The Herons earn their first victory and stand at 1-2 overall. William Smith's earlier season losses were to 15th-ranked St. John Fisher and third-ranked Cortland.

With the score tied at nine goals apiece and roughly 17 minutes to play in regulation, Nazareth thought it had scored the go-ahead goal off a free position shot by senior Leah Cronister. Cronister was whistled for a dangerous follow-through on the shot. Cronister's goal was taken off the board, and the Golden Flyers went down two players as Cregan had been called for slashing about 1:45 earlier. After the penalty was called on Cronister, the Herons' Geneva Calder scored a man-up goal with 16:19 to play to give William Smith its first lead of the game.

Following Calder's go-ahead goal, the Herons scored two additional goals in under four minutes to claim a 12-9 lead. William Smith stretched their advantage to four goals with under five minutes to play as the Golden Flyers' stretched their defense with the intent of forcing the Herons into turnovers. William Smith controlled the ball for much of the second half, which limited Nazareth's scoring opportunities.

Cregan and junior Amy McIntosh each had a goal for the Golden Flyers in the final 3:10 to cut their deficit to three goals, but Nazareth was unable to threaten the Herons' lead further.

In the first half, the Golden Flyers surged to a 5-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of action. Johnston and Cregan each converted free position opportunities in the first two minutes. Sophomore Brooke Sullivan and senior Kayleigh Pearson each added a goal after receiving a pass from Johnston. Johnston was then on the scoring end of the Golden Flyers' fifth goal after receiving a pass from Cronister.

William Smith sliced Nazareth's lead to 7-5 on a goal by Katie Sipple with just over three minutes to play in the period. McIntosh answered for the Golden Flyers with 22 seconds in the half to give Nazareth an 8-5 lead at the break. Johnston was credited with her third assist of the game on McIntosh's goal. Cregan and freshman Carly Gates also scored for the Golden Flyers midway through the period as the teams traded goals. Cregan had an unassisted goal while Gates connected on a free position shot.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Cregan's third goal of the game reclaimed Nazareth's four-goal lead. Senior Erinn Wood set up Cregan's scoring opportunity. After Cregan's goal, the Herons' controlled much of the possession and held Nazareth scoreless for over 25 minutes.

Nazareth was a perfect 4-4 on its free position opportunites, however, the Golden Flyers had only one chance in the second stanza. The Herons finished 1-9 on free postion chances.

With her 13 saves, Prosak received the tough-luck loss. Marina Guigli played about 48 minutes in the Herons' goal to earn the victory. Guigli was credited with one save and nine goals against. Allie O'Hara saw about 12 minutes of action in the first half and allowed two goals.

William Smith finished with a 32-19 advantage in total shots after the Herons outshot the Golden Flyers 17-6 in the second half. William Smith also had advantages in ground balls collected (19-10) and draw controls (15-12).

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