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Roundup: Herons win makes history for Scatton

No. 6 Christopher Newport 5, Randolph-Macon 2

ASHLAND, Va. -- For the second consecutive game, Lauren Cheatham paced an explosive offensive attack as the sixth-ranked Captains extended their winning streak to nine with a 5-2 victory against over Randolph-Macon on Sunday afternoon.

During the contest, Cheatham posted her third multi-goal effort of the year and also chipped in with an assist. Belle Tunstall also found the back of the cage for the seventh time this season, while Shelby Judkins and Allie Hackbarth rounded out the scorers.

With the victory, Christopher Newport improves to a pristine 9-0 on the year. Randolph-Macon falls to 3-4.

Entering Sunday's matchup as one of only five teams in the nation that had yet to trail in a game, Christopher Newport showed off its steely resolve after the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring less than seven minutes into regulation. Staring at their first deficit all year, the Captains never flinched and responded immediately.

Fittingly, Cheatham was the first to retaliate. Just 40 seconds after the hosts opened the scoring, CNU's sophomore speedster broke through. Sprinting into the RMC zone, she quickly pounded the back of the cage with her team-leading ninth goal of the year.

With both teams looking for the lead, Christopher Newport finally found it during a nice run at the tail end of the first half. After the squad earned two consecutive corners, Alexa Hendrickson took control of the ball at 27:43. Following a nice defensive play in Saturday's contest, Hendrickson showed off her offensive skills on Sunday as she sent a nice feed to Judkins, who knocked home her second goal of the year.

No. 9 William Smith 5, Lebanon Valley 0

GENEVA, N.Y. -- Ninth-ranked William Smith dominated visiting Lebanon Valley 5-0 in the finale of the 2013 William Smith Classic, giving Heron head coach Sally Scatton her 400th career victory. Sophomore Cory Connolly netted a goal in each half to lead the charge.

Scatton earned her first coaching win at Wells College with a 2-0 victory against St. Bonaventure on Sept. 11, 1983. Her Express team went 3-11-1 in her lone season as that program's head coach. She joined William Smith in 1988 and has a 397-121-3 record in Geneva. Scatton is just the 14th collegiate coach to reach the 400-win plateau and just the sixth in Division III history.

Senior Melanie O'Connor added a pair of assists for the unbeaten Herons (7-0) while senior Taylor Cappello, and first-years Katie Meyer and Alessandra Patrizio each sticked home a goal. William Smith's defense was smothering, not allowing the Dutchmen (3-5) a single shot.

O'Connor touched off the day's scoring with a long lead pass that sprung Connolly free for a one-on-one with LVC goalie Chloe Baro. She deked around the diving keeper and deposited her second goal of the year for a 1-0 lead 11:20 into the match.

Eight minutes later, Meyer notched her second goal of the year following a defensive miscue by Lebanon Valley. With the ball loose in the center of the circle and Bero closing in to kick it away, a defender, unaware of the keeper's presence flipped the ball toward the right post. It came right to Meyer, who merely had to push it into a wide open net for a 2-0 lead that stood up through halftime.

Barely six minutes into the second stanza, Cappello finished off a scramble in front of the cage for her team-leading sixth goal of the year. It raised her career point total to 97 (43 goals, 11 assists), three points away from becoming just the 13th Heron to register 100 career points.

In the 46th minute, Connolly reverse-sticked another O'Connor assist to make it a 4-0 game and just short of 10 minutes after that, Patrizio wrapped up the scoring by finishing off a rebound in front.

First-year Amy Feda got the start in goal for William Smith and played 46:48 to earn the win. Baro recorded seven saves on 11 shots in 51:25 before yielding to Kendra Moll, who made two saves on three shots.