Women’s lax shuts out Bard, falls to No. 14 William Smith

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Elena Driscoll ’19 battles for a loose ball with a William Smith player.
Elena Driscoll ’19 battles for a loose ball with a William Smith player.

Women’s Lacrosse picked up its first Liberty League victory of the season with a shutout win over Bard on Saturday, April 1. The Dutchwomen recorded a season-high 16 goals in their first victory since their season-opening victory over Buffalo State back on March 4. Attack Mallory Toolan ’20 notched a career-high four goals, while adding an assist to lead the Union offense.

All four shots she fired found the back of the net. The Dutchwomen got two goals each from M.K. McIntire ’20 and Hannah Rosenberger ’19. Brianna Stout ’20, Cailin Pandolfi ’18, Corey Golden ’20, Elena Driscoll ’19, Emma Lowrey ’19, Julia Pfohl ’19, Natalie Sullivan ’17 and Ramsey Walsh ’19 each tallied single goals. Pfohl added three assists, compiling four points in total; Walsh had three draw controls.

The Dutchwomen controlled possession for much of the game, finishing with a 24-5 shot advantage. The shot gap was 17-3 at the end of the first half. Union forced 18 turnovers as well. Three netminders worked the shutout for the Dutchwomen. Jen Hughes ’17 made the start and tallied the three first-half saves. Ellen Taney ’20 relieved Hughes in the second half and made the final two Dutchwomen saves in 22 minutes of action before being replaced by Hallie Stone ’18, who did not face any shots on net in the remaining eight minutes of the match.

The Dutchwomen returned to the field on Saturday, April 8, facing off against No. 14 William Smith. The Herons entered the game with a 9-1 record, 2-0 against Liberty League opponents. William Smith lived up to its billing, defeating the Dutchwomen 12-7. The Herons raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first eight minutes of play after two goals each from Alexandra Bird and Allie Flaherty.

Sullivan answered back for the Dutchwomen, but William Smith proceeded to score four more times unanswered, including three more tallies from Bird, opening up an 8-1 lead. Rosenberger netted one more for Union, cutting the lead to six before the end of the first half. Toolan produced the Dutchwomen’s third goal of the day early in the second half, assisted on the play by Sullivan.

The Herons would then extend the lead to 10-3 before Union tallied four of the game’s next five goals, cutting the deficit to 11-7. Ali Burns added an insurance goal for the Herons before time expired in the second half. Bird finished with seven points on the day, finding the back of the net five times herself, assisting on two other goals. Burns added four goals and a team-high four ground balls, while causing three turnovers.

In net, Sarah Honan made four saves and earned her 10th win of the season. Jackie Hagopian ’17 led the Union attack with two goals and one assist, while Sullivan anchored the defense, causing a game-high four turnovers and tying a team-high with two ground balls, all while tallying a goal and an assist. Rosenberger also tallied a goal and and assist. Hughes once again got the start in net, stopping five of the 15 shots she faced in 38:56 before giving way to Taney, who stopped both shots she faced in 21:04 of relief.

The Herons more than doubled the Dutchwomen in shots, 30-14, holding edges in draw controls (12-9) and ground balls (16-10) as well. The loss dropped Union to 2-5 on the year, 1-2 in league play. The Dutchwomen will next host Liberty League opponents Skidmore College and RPI on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

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