In a matchup of two of the nation's top 20 teams, St. John Fisher College earned an impressive 17-14 win at William Smith College on Tuesday evening in a non-conference contest.

With the win, Fisher, currently ranked 20th in the latest national coaches poll, improves to 4-1 on the year, while winning its fourth in a row.

William Smith, ranked 19th nationally, falls to 2-2.

The win marked Fisher's first victory against the Herons in women's lacrosse. Fisher was 0-7 all-time versus William Smith, losing each of the last six years by two goals or less, including a 22-21 loss at home last year.
William Smith led 9-8 at the half, but the Cardinals came out on fire in the second half, scoring five consecutive goals over the opening 12 minutes and never relinquished their lead.

The Herons pulled to within two goals on two different occasions in the final five minutes, but the Cardinals answered back each time.

Taylor Hughes scored her career-high fourth goal off a pass from senior Jackie Maynard to make it 16-13 with 4:30 left and Melissa Leonhard scored an unassisted goal with just under two minutes left to close out the scoring.

It was a career game for Maynard, who finished with eight points on two goals and six assists.

After William Smith scored the game's first four goals, the Cardinals responded with four goals of their own.

Mary Stimson, who finished with five goals, got Fisher on the board with 21 minutes left in the first half and the duo of Hughes and Maynard combined to score Fisher's next three.

Leonard finished with three goals, while Courtney Clare totaled four points on one goal and three assists.

Meg Merriam added a goal and an assist, while Bridget Alberts also scored.

Leonhard led the Cardinals with five draw controls, while Merriam and Shannon McDermott each finished with four.

Freshman goalie Caroline Trpcevski stopped 11 shots in goal to earn the win.