Ragan Scores Six as Herons Defeat Rochester

GENEVA, N.Y.--William Smith senior Kathleen Ragan notched a game-high seven points on six goals and an assist to lead the Herons to a 16-12 win over visiting Rochester in a Liberty League game played this afternoon on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.

It was the Herons first home game since their season opener back on March 1. William Smith is now 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Yellowjackets fell to 2-6 and 1-2 in the league.

Sophomore Katie Sipple produced two goals and four assists for the Herons. Sophomore Abbie West tallied three goals and a team-high five draws. First-year Hannah Connolly chipped in two goals. Sophomore Rachel Hughes caused a game-high five turnovers and picked up a game-high seven ground balls. She also added a goal and an assist. Senior Marissa Potter and first-year Kate Byrne each recorded a goal and an assist. Potter also came up with four draws.

First-year goalie Allie O'Hara logged her first collegiate start and victory, playing the opening 51:11. She finished with four saves. Classmate Marina Guigli came in for the final 8:49.

Elisabeth Watson, Lauren Basil and Lindsey Randall each notched three goals for Rochester. Randall scooped up a team-high four ground balls and Watson won a game-high seven draws. Cassie Mahar and Liza Maizel each chipped in a goal and an assist. Marissa Traina started the game in goal for the Yellowjackets. She played 35:17 and made three saves. Stephanie Ortell came in for 24:43 and finished with one save.

The Herons scored the first two goals of the game. Sipple fed West at1:37 and then notched a goal of her own at 2:30 to give William Smith a 2-0 lead. Mahar put the Yellowjackets on the board at 6:50 with a free position goal. William Smith picked up momentum with a 5-0 run, stretching their lead to 7-1. Connolly scored twice in the spurt, and Sipple posted a goal and an assist. At 15:47, Byrne set up Sipple's goal to cap the run for her first collegiate point.

With just under 10 minutes left in the first half, Basil found the back of the net for Rochester. The Yellowjackets then took advantage of a man-up situation, and Watson notched a free position tally to make it 7-3. Ragan sent home her second of the day with 2:24 on the clock to give the Herons an 8-3 advantage at the break.

Rochester came out and scored the first three goals of the second half to get within two. Ragan answered for William Smith with back-to-back tallies coming 1:17 apart to make it 10-6.

Over the course of the next 13 minutes, the Yellowjackets would break through for a goal, but each time the Herons responded with two goals. Watson notched an unassisted goal at 11:55, but Ragan fed West and then scored her fifth goal of the afternoon.

Randall scored her second of the day at 17:05, and then Byrne scored her first goal as a Heron and Hughes logged her first goal of the season to make it 14-8. With 8:49 left in regulation, Maizel registered her eighth goal of the season but Ragan answered with a free position goal, and Potter followed with her 12th of the season to stretch the Heron lead back to seven. The Yellowjackets produced three more goals in the final 4:34, but that was as close as they could get.

William Smith held a 24-21 edge in shots, an 18-12 lead in ground balls, and a 17-13 advantage in draws. The Herons were successful on 10 of 16 clear attempts, while Rochester finished 10 for 17.

William Smith will host RIT tomorrow, April 6 for another Liberty League contest at 3:00 p.m. The Yellowjackets will travel to take on Union tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

2013-04-05



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