William Smith Upsets No. 16 Rensselaer

GENEVA, N.Y.--William Smith upset No. 16 Rensselaer 12-10 in a Liberty League contest played on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation this afternoon. The Herons improved to 9-6 overall and 6-2 in the Liberty League and handed the Engineers (11-3, 7-1) their first conference loss.

It's the first win over a nationally-ranked opponent for William Smith since the Herons edged then No. 19 Babson 19-18 on March 15, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Herons are currently third in the Liberty League standings, behind Rensselaer and St. Lawrence; however, the seeds won't be solidified until after tomorrow's games.

Sophomore Katie Sipple and first-year Hannah Connolly led William Smith with three goals and three assists apiece. Senior Marissa Potter produced two goals and classmates Kathleen Ragan and Katie Dexter each notched a goal and an assist.

Sophomores Hayley Braun and Rachel Hughes each scored once. Hughes added three caused turnovers and two draws. Senior Liz Seidel picked up a team-high three ground balls. First-year goalie Marina Guilgi played all 60 minutes and matched a career-high turning aside 11 shots.

Rachel Scofield led Rensselaer with three goals and two assists. She also won a game-high six draws. Alissa Peterson and Jamie Wakefield each added two goals. Liz Powell picked up a team-high three ground balls. Allie Arnal played all 60 minutes in goal for the Engineers and finished with 12 saves.

Dexter put the Herons on the scoreboard just 1:18 into the game after a pass from Sipple. RPI then strung together three goals to take a 3-1 lead. At 4:31 Sipple found the back of the net after a feed from Connolly to get the Herons back within one, but goals by Erin Riley and Wakefield gave Rensselaer a 5-2 advantage.

At 10:56, Ragan set up Sipple to make it 5-3. Connolly then chipped in back-to back- goals, the second off a quick pass from Sipple to tie the game at five. At 19:57, Scofield scored her 20th goal of the year on a free position to put RPI up 6-5, however the duo of Sipple and Connolly struck again with 3:49 left in the first. This time Sipple scored off a pass from Connolly to knot the game at six at the break.

At 5:47 in the second, Scofield fired an unassisted shot into the back of the goal to take back the lead for the Engineers. Connolly sent home her third of the day to tie the game for the fourth time. At 9:25, Hughes scored her third goal of the season after a pass from Dexter to make it 8-7, and Potter took advantage of a feed from Connolly at 10:15 to give William Smith a 9-7 advantage.

A little under a minute later, Scofield capitalized on another free position to get Rensselaer within one, but Ragan fired a shot past the goalie after a pass from first-year Geneva Calder and Braun drilled in an unassisted tally to give the Herons their largest of the game at 11-8. With 2:35 on the clock, Peterson logged an unassisted tally to get RPI within two, but Potter was able to take advantage of an open net to score her 20th goal of the year with 1:34 remaining. Peterson added a goal with 57 seconds left for the final.

The Herons held a 30-25 advantage in shots, a 15-10 edge in ground balls and a 13-10 lead in draws. William Smith finished 12 of 14 clear attempts and RPI went 8 for 14.

The Herons will play their final game of the regular season, a Liberty League match-up, against Skidmore tomorrow, April 27 on Boswell Field at 2:00 p.m. Rensselaer will travel to take on Union in another Liberty League contest at 2:00 p.m.


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