Connolly Ties Record with 8 Goals as Herons Outgun Vassar

GENEVA, N.Y.-William Smith sophomore Hannah Connolly tied a program record for goals in a game with eight and added an assist as the Heron lacrosse team defeated Vassar 18-13 in a Liberty League game played this afternoon on Boswell Field.

William Smith improves to 4-7 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while the Brewers fall to 7-2 and 2-2 in the Liberty League.

Junior Katie Sipple produced four goals and added three assists for seven points for the Herons. Sophomore Geneva Calder chipped in two goals and two assists as well as a team-high five draws. Junior Rachel Hughes tallied a goal, an assist, four ground balls, two draws and a caused turnover.

Classmate Cat Gorman notched two caused turnovers and added an assist. Sophomore Kate Byrne recorded two goals and classmate Emy Stratton picked up four ground balls and won a draw. First-year Sarah Honan played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with 10 saves.

Dara Davis led Vassar with four points on two goals and two assists. She logged a game-high 11 draws and picked up three ground balls. Phoebe Tzannes added three goals and four ground balls. Malena Harrang scooped up four ground balls. Isabelle Goldstein and Julia Trudell each tallied two goals and an assist. Kate Pula played the first half in goal and made two saves. Hilary McDonnell came in for the second half and also stopped two shots.

The Herons built up a 9-1 lead to start the first half. Connolly fed Sipple for the first goal of the game and then Sipple returned the favor to make it 2-0. Goldstein scored the Brewers first goal 4:50 in. William Smith notched the next seven goals. Connolly scored three straight goals and sophomore Allie Flaherty's unassisted tally capped the run making it 9-1 with 9:16 left in the first.

The Herons and the Brewers traded goals for the final minutes of the opening half. Connolly scored twice and Byrne found the back of the net for William Smith, while Trudell produced a goal and an assist for Vassar. Tzannes and Kim Mulvehill each scored for the Brewers in the final minute of the first to make it 12-6 at the break.

The Brewers scored the first three goals of the second half to cut their deficit to three at 12-9 just 3:17 in. Calder notched an unassisted tally and then set up Sipple's third goal of the game to stretch the lead back to five at 14-9, deflating the Brewer comeback. Davis posted a free position goal for Vassar, but Connolly answered for the Herons followed by another Sipple goal to make it 16-10.

With 11:17 remaining, Harrang and Tzannes scored back-to-back goals to get the Brewers within four, but Hughes took a pass from Sipple to score her fourth goal of the season with 2:28 remaining. Zoe Ripecky chipped in an unassisted tally with 34 seconds to go, but Connolly tied the William Smith mark for most goals in a game with five seconds on the clock for the final.

The Herons held a 33-28 advantage in shots and a 25-22 lead in ground balls. The Brewers recorded a 19-14 edge in draws. William Smith was successful on 17 of 18 clear attempts, while Vassar went 9 for 16.

The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, April 12, when they host Bard for a Liberty League contest at 2:00 p.m.

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