William Smith Loses Tough Battle at No. 15 Ithaca

William Smith battled to get within one goal of No. 15 Ithaca twice in the second half, but the Herons were unable to pull off the comeback, as they fell 9-6 to the Bombers in Ithaca this afternoon.

With the non-league loss, William Smith falls to 3-7 overall, while Ithaca improves to 6-4 this season. The Bombers are the fourth nationally ranked opponents the Herons have faced this season.

First-year Alexandra Bird led the Herons with three goals while junior Katie Sipple added two goals. Sophomore Geneva Calder scooped up four ground balls and added two caused turnovers. Junior Rachel Hughes won a game-high four draws and added two ground balls. First-year Sarah Honan played all 60 minutes in goal. She made nine saves, shared a game-high with five ground balls and logged two caused turnovers.

Riley Marion led Ithaca with three goals, an assist and three draws. Ally Runyon added two goals, an assist and four ground balls. Molly Fisher scored three goals, and Natalie Lang shared a game-high with five ground balls. Emily Ross played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with 12 saves.

Marion struck first for the Bombers 3:11 into the game, but sophomore Emy Stratton answered for the Herons off an assist from Calder to make it 1-1 just under five minutes in. Emily Peters took back the lead for Ithaca off a feed from Runyon, but once again William Smith answered. This time Sipple found the back of the net to make it 2-2 with 10:12 left in the first half. The Bombers strung together three goals to take a 5-2 lead with 8:27 on the clock. Runyon scored twice in the spurt. Bird tallied her 10th goal of the season for William Smith just 2:15 before the break to cut the Ithaca lead to two at 5-3.

Just 1:45 into the second, Sipple scored her second goal of the afternoon to get the Herons within one. An unassisted tally by Fisher made it 6-4, but Bird notched her second of the day under a minute later to cut the William Smith deficit to one again with 20:35 left in the game. Fisher logged back-to-back goals to extend Ithaca's lead back to three at 8-5 with 15:06 to go. Bird scored for the third time with 5:33 remaining, but Marion found the back of the net for the Bombers with 1:30 on the clock for the final.

The Herons held a 27-22 advantage in shots and a 10-8 lead in draws. The Bombers logged a 25-22 edge in ground balls. William Smith was successful on 12 of 16 clear attempts, while Ithaca went 14 for 21.

The Herons will be back in action on Friday, April 11, when they host Vassar for a Liberty League game on Boswell Field at 4:00 p.m.


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