GENEVA — The 15th-ranked William Smith field hockey team faced a huge test when fourth-ranked Skidmore visited McCooey Field Saturday afternoon.
The Herons put their league-best 4.56 goals per game average up against the Thoroughbreds second-best mark of 4.1.
William Smith’s offense narrowly reached their season average, while their defense made Skidmore fall well short.
Margaret McConnell supplied her sixth and seventh goals of the season to help spark the Herons to their ninth-straight victory, 3-1.
The Herons made it a weekend sweep, topping St. Lawrence 6-1
McConnell opened the scoring by ripping a shot from the top of the arc on a penalty corner set up to make it 1-0 2:55 in for the Herons (10-1). Morgan Atanasio and Annie Kietzman earned assists.
Skidmore’s Kelly Blackhurst fired in her 19th tally of the year off a penalty corner set up nearly four minutes later.
McConnell delivered what proved to be the game-winner at the 22:31 mark of the first half.
William Smith’s Julia Simmons recorded an insurance tally in the second half. Annie Kietzman set up the score.
Goalie Catherine Hare stopped eight shots.
Taylor Cappello scored three times against St. Lawrence Friday. She now has 13 goals on the season. Melanie O’Connor, Simmons and Sara Helmer also hit the back of the cage.
Hare and Taryn Little (2 saves) split time in goal.
St. Lawrence 3, Hobart 0
CANTON — Sam DeMello found the net twice and St. Lawrence (11-1, 3-1) scored all three of its goals in the second half.
Mike Lucas made 13 saves in goal for Hobart (7-3, 2-2).
Keuka 5, SUNY Cobleskill 0
JERUSALEM — Goalie Preston Vick collected his league-leading fourth shutout of the season with two saves for the Storm (7-3, 5-3).
Keuka’s Nate Smith delivered two second half tallies to increase his league-leading goal total to nine. Austin Gerber, David Caramella and Jose Cervantes rounded out the scoring.
William Smith 1, St. Lawrence 0
GENEVA — Zoe Eth’s first collegiate goal was the only tally of the day as the Herons (9-2-1, 4-1) slipped past the Saints (6-43-2, 1-2-1).
Caitlyn Mitchell delivered a cross that found Eth with 1:34 left in the first half. William Smith goalie Chelsea Dunay was not called on to make a save on her way to her sixth shutout of the season.
Keuka 7, SUNY Cobleskill 0
JERUSALEM — Nicole Sharick, Jessica Bandrowski and Britni Burch all rifled in a pair of tallies to fuel the Storm (5-5, 5-3) to the win. Sharick, who has 11 goals this season, and Burch both added assists.
Sharick moved into second-place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 45 career goals.
Marriah Gough, who started in net, netted the game’s final goal. Gough teamed with Maggie Tower (two saves) to earn Keuka their second-straight shutout and third of the of the season.
HWS Challenge on the Canal
GENEVA — The Hobart and William Smith rowing teams each won all four events at the fall season opener.
The Herons varsity eight, second varsity eight, first novice eights and varsity four all claimed wins.
The Hobart varsity eight, second varsity eight, pairs and quads and varsity four all won their races.
CAZENOVIA — Keuka extended its winning streak to 10 games with three-game sweeps over SUNY Morrisville and SUNY Cobleskill in day one of competition.
Paige Golden put up 12 digs and 11 kills vs. Morrisvlle and added 14 digs and 14 kills against Cobleskill.
Taylor Smith added 14 digs, three aces and three assists against Morrisville. Jill Nolan handed out 23 assists along with seven digs and five aces in the win over Cobleskill.
CLINTON — Josh Corey was the top finisher for Finger Lakes CC, crossing the line in 93rd place with a time of 31:14.5.
In the women’s race, FLCC’s Caitlin Drennan placed 110th in 23:56.1.