Wynn '20 with two goals in No. 17 women's lacrosse road loss

Charlotte Wynn '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Charlotte Wynn '20 (Josh McKee photo)

William Smith College's Sarah Benyo scored three goals and assisted on another, and the Herons posted a 14-5 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at William Smith's Boswell Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Charlotte Wynn '20 paced the nationally ranked No. 17 Hamilton (0-2 overall) offense with two goals. Kara Pooley '19 and Emma Knoll '20 recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece, and both Darby Philbrick '18 and Skyler Simson '20 won three draw controls. Hannah Burrall '19 made nine saves.

Kelsey Williams and Bizzer Gahagan helped lead the 13th-ranked Herons (1-1) with three goals apiece, and Nicki Santora chipped in a goal and an assist. Ellen Arena scooped up four ground balls, Anna Murphy won five draw controls, and both Susan Kowalski and Cat Wolf caused two turnovers. Olivia Hofmann stopped three shots -- all in the first half.

Gahagan and Benyo gave William Smith a 2-0 lead on unassisted goals early in the first half and the Herons led the rest of the way. Wynn's free-position goal -- the second goal of her career with the Continentals -- cut Hamilton's deficit in half with 23:48 left in the half. William Smith responded with three straight tallies and held a 5-1 cushion after Ali Burns' unassisted goal with 11:00 remaining.

Courtney Pierre '21 pulled the Continentals within 5-2 on her first collegiate goal with 9:53 to go, but the Herons took a 7-2 advantage into the break after goals by Williams and Melissa Moore. Moore's goal came with just 21 seconds left in the half.

Tessa Ryan '21 made it a four-goal game when she scored the first of her Hamilton career on a free-position shot 1:45 into the second half. William Smith countered with three in a row for a commanding 10-3 lead with 25:58 remaining as Santora, Gahagan and Benyo scored within a two-minute span. Wynn added another free-position goal with 24:42 to go, and a free-position score by Simson made it 12-5 with 16:45 left. Simson has eight goals in her second season with the Continentals.

The Herons enjoyed a 31-11 shot advantage, held an 11-10 edge in draws, and picked up 28 ground balls to 15 for Hamilton. Today was the 50th all-time meeting between the two long-time rivals.

The Continentals play their home opener against No. 14 Colby College on Saturday, March 10 at noon. The NESCAC opponent is the third ranked team Hamilton will play already this season.