Herons Pick up Liberty League Win, Rout Raptors

William Smith College senior Kathleen Ragan logged a game-high six points on four goals and two assists, as the Herons ladowned host Bard 17-3 in a Liberty League game played this afternoon in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

William Smith is now 8-6 overall and 5-2 in the Liberty League. The Raptors fall to 6-10 overall and 0-8 in conference play.

First-year Hannah Connolly and classmate Geneva Calder each logged two goals and an assist for the Herons. Sophomore Katie Sipple produced a goal and two assists. Senior Marissa Potter chipped in two goals. Sophomore Cat Gorman picked up a game-high five ground balls and caused a game-high three turnovers. In addition, she won a game-high seven draws and scored a goal. First-year Marina Guigli played the opening 23:13 and made three saves. First-year Allie O'Hara came in to play the final 36:47 and finished with one save.

Brianna Bean, Mary-Elizabeth Clair, and Stephanie LaMont each scored for Bard. Lamont won a team-high four draws. Maddy Huggins played all 60 minutes in goal and made eight stops. She also picked up a team-high four ground balls.

William Smith jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game. Ragan logged all six of her points in the opening surge and Sipple and Connolly each tallied a goal and an assist. At 16:47, Lamont broke through for Bard with an unassisted tally. In a man-up situation for the Herons, Calder fed Potter to make it 8-1 with 6:47 left in the first. Clair found the back of the net after a pass from Joanna Regan for Bard's second goal with 1:46 on the clock. Calder logged her eighth goal of the year with seven seconds remaining in the first to make it 9-2.

First-year India Tibbetts scored her first collegiate goal 3:05 into the second. Sophomore Hayley Braun found the back of the net for the fifth time this spring at 6:57. At 12:56, Bean capitalized on a Bard man-up with a free position goal.

The Herons scored the final six goals of the game. Gorman started the run with a free position tally. Goals by Calder and Connolly, followed by first-year Emy Stratton's first goal as a Heron made it 15-3. First-year Meg Hannan and classmate Kate Byrne each found the back of the net for the final.

The Herons held a 33-10 advantage in shots, a 25-14 lead in ground balls and a 14-8 edge in draws. William Smith was successful on 12 of 14 clear attempts, and Bard finished 6 for 14 on clears.

The Herons will be back on action on Friday, April 26, when they host Rensselaer for a Liberty League game at 4:00 p.m.


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