10 November 2022 • Athletics No. 17 Herons Soar Past Hawks in NCAA First Round
The nationally ranked William Smith College field hockey team defeated Hartwick 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships on McCooey Field. The Herons move to 17-4 on the season while the Hawks conclude their season with a 12-7 record. With the win, the Herons were a perfect 12-0 on McCooey Field this season.
William Smith outshot Hartwick 23-6 with a 15-2 edge in shots on goal. Junior Sofia Pattillo led the Herons with one goal and one assist on the night, landing seven shots on goal.
The Herons advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships and will head to Babson Park, Massachusetts, to take on No. 4 Johns Hopkins.
- The first 15 minutes was a scoreless battle between the Herons and the Hawks, resulting in a 3-2 edge in shots for Hartwick.
- Just over one minute into the second quarter, William Smith opened the scoring. Sophomore Rebecca Mantione beat two defenders on the endline and dished a pass across the goal that found the stick of Pattillo, who put the ball away for the Herons.
- In the 36th minute, the Herons would be awarded a penalty corner. Graduate Student Emily Leonard put the ball in play to junior Libby Maxwell who ripped a shot from the top of the arc. Maxwell's shot beat the Hawks goalie for her fifth goal of the season.
- Just under six minutes later William Smith would strike again. Pattillo dished a pass across the top of the arc to an oncoming Alaura Enright. Enright ripped a shot from the top of the arc, beating the goalie for her first career goal as a Heron.
- With under eight minutes remaining senior Lauren Jackson would close the scoring for the Herons. Jackson finished off a scramble in front of the net to record her fourth goal of the season.
- Junior Kristen McCormick played all 60 minutes in net for the Herons, recording two saves in her ninth shutout of the season.
The Herons will head to Babson Park, Massachusetts this weekend to take on No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships. The Herons are set to face off against the Blue Jays at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. at Babson College.