Herons Hang on to Take Down Buffalo State

CLERMONT, FLA.-William Smith jumped to a 6-0 lead over Buffalo State and hung on to defeat the Bengals, 14-8, in a game played this afternoon at the National Training Center. The Herons improved to 3-3 overall, and Buffalo State falls to 4-2 this year.

Sophomore Katie Sipple led William Smith with four points on a goal and three assists. Sophomore Abbie West produced three goals. Senior Marissa Potter chipped in a goal and two assists and won three draws, and classmate Kathleen Ragan logged two goals and an assist.

First-years Geneva Calder and Hannah Connolly each register two goals. Sophomore Rachel Hughes shared a game-high with four draws. First-year Marina Guigli played all 60 minutes in goal and matched her season-high with 11 saves.

Ashley Caporizzo led Buffalo State with three goals. Meghan Farrell scored two goals and scooped up a team-high three ground balls. Meghan Allen shared a game-high with four draws. Becca Martinez, Niki Paulhardt and Kendra Thomas each added one goal. Colleen George played the first 6:35 and Adelena DiDuro came in for the final 53:25 and made five saves.

William Smith came out firing, scoring six straight goals in the first six minutes. Just 30 seconds in, West found the back of the net after a feed from Sipple. Twenty-five seconds later, Connolly carried the ball into the arc and fired past the goalie to make it 2-0.

At 1:30, Potter collected a pass from Ragan and sent home her shot. A little over a minute later, Calder started at the 12-meter arc and beat her defender, stretching the Herons lead to 4-0. At 4:04, Sipple pushed a quick pass to West who notched her second of the game, and at 5:56, Sipple scored a goal of her own off an assist from Potter.

The Bengals responded with free position goals from Caporizzo and Thomas to make it 6-2. At 20:21, Connolly registered her second goal of the afternoon. A little over a minute later, Paulhardt chipped in an unassisted tally, but sophomore Cat Gorman capitalized on a free position with one second left in the half to give William Smith an 8-3 advantage at the half.

Buffalo State started the second half with a 4-0 run to make it 8-7. However, the Herons answered with five straight goals of their own. Ragan started the run at 9:41. At 13:55, sophomore Hayley Braun scored her first goal of the season to make it 10-7.

Less than two minutes later, West tallied her third of the afternoon and Calder extended the lead to four with her second of the day. Senior Katie Dexter capped the run after a feed from Sipple at 20:51. With 44 seconds left in the game, Martinez scored a free position goal to make it 13-8, but Ragan recorded an unassisted tally with 28 seconds on the clock for the final.

The Bengals held a slight 24-23 edge in shots and a 15-11 advantage in ground balls. The Herons won 14 draws while Buffalo State came up with nine. William Smith went 16 for 17 on clear attempts, and the Bengals finished 14 for 18.

The Herons will be back in action on March 30, when they travel to take on Union in their Liberty League opener at 2:00 p.m.


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