GENEVA, N.Y. — No. 15 William Smith scored a 3-1 upset against fourth-ranked Skidmore. Margaret McConnell netted a pair of goals and sophomore goalie Catherine Hare made eight saves to lead the Herons to their ninth consecutive win.
William Smith (10-1) needed less than three minutes to open the scoring. On a penalty corner, Annie Kietzman sent the ball to the top of the circle where Morgan Atanasio stopped it for McConnell, who drove it home for a 1-0 lead.
Less than four minutes later, the Thoroughbreds answered with a penalty corner goal of their own. Annie Weis and Hilary Cranston assisted on Kelly Blackhurst’s equalizer.
The Herons reclaimed the lead in the 23rd minute, when McConnell finished a scramble by tapping home a shot near the right post.
In the 54th minute, Kietzman earned her second assist of the match, setting up Julia Simmons’ insurance goal. Kietzman leads the league with 16 assists and only needs one more to break the school record. The Heron record for assists in a campaign is 17, set by Liz Saucier ’07 in 2006.
The 3-1 deficit prompted Skidmore to call a timeout. Just a few seconds later, Alex Hagney put a shot on frame that Melanie O’Connor stopped for a defensive save, preserving the two-goal lead.
In the 63rd minute, William Smith nearly added a fourth goal, but Jenn Hanks made a defensive save, clearing O’Connor’s shot off the goal line.
Skidmore goalie Haley McDougall finished the match with four saves. The Thoroughbreds outshot the Herons 18-12 and had a 13-5 edge in penalty corners.
William Smith ended a five-match losing streak to the Thoroughbreds, topping Skidmore for the first time since Nov. 3, 2007.