Herons Ride Big 1st Half to Win

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012

The William Smith College field hockey team got a goal and an assist from both junior Margaret McConnell and sophomore Sarah Tompson during a 4-1 win over Hamilton College in a non-conference match played on McCooey Field on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The Herons built a 4-0 halftime lead and made it stand up for its 14th victory of the season.

The Continentals (0-14) came out firing, earning the first three penalty corners and putting the first three shots on goal, but sophomore goalie Catherine Hare stood tall against the early pressure. She recorded five saves in the first half.

William Smith (14-2) finally broke through in the 20th minute when junior Julia Simmons deflected classmate Amy David's shot at the back post for a 1-0 lead. It was Simmons' ninth goal of the season. Five minutes later, Tompson unleashed a screaming shot from the left wing that hit the backboard for a 2-0 advantage. The penalty corner score was set up by McConnell.

In the 31st minute, McConnell drove a shot home from the top of the circle for her eight goal of the year. The Herons carried a 4-0 lead into halftime thanks to sophomore Caitlin Moran's first tally of the year. Tompson assisted on the goal, driving a shot from the top of the circle that Moran got a stick on right in front of the cage, lifting the ball into the top netting.

William Smith enjoyed a 12-5 advantage in shots in the first half and a 5-4 edge in penalty corners. Hamilton broke up the shutout bid in the 58th minute when senior Charlotte Lescroart converted a penalty corner shot, assisted by first-year Aubrey Coon. The Continentals got six saves in 35 minutes from sophomore starting goalie Victoria Trentini. First-year Katie White made five saves in the second half.

For William Smith, senior goalie Taryn Little turned back three of the four shots she faced in the second half. The Herons finished the night with a 19-9 edge in shots while penalty corners were even at eight apiece.

William Smith will close out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27, when ninth-ranked Messiah visits McCooey Field. The non-conference match is scheduled to begin at noon.


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