William Smith College scored five goals in the second half and the nationally ranked No. 15 Herons posted a 7-6 comeback victory over the Hamilton College Continentals in a non-conference game under the lights at Hamilton's Withiam Field on Wednesday night.
Hamilton (5-8 overall) tied the score at 6-6 with 9:37 remaining in the contest. Charlotte Wynn '20 won the draw control, raced into the Herons' zone and fed the ball around the back of the net to Kara Pooley '19. Pooley launched a high pass through the attack area to Eva Abel '22 and she one-timed the ball under the crossbar.
Rachel Slagle scored the game-winner for William Smith (13-2) at 6:07 after she gathered the ball behind the cage, sprinted towards the front of the net and fired a low shot past Hannah Burrall '19.
The Continentals dominated the draw all night, winning 12 of 15. William Smith did not win a single draw until about 10 minutes into the second half. Wynn led the way with five, Pooley tallied two and Sarah Moore '22 had two.
Pooley filled the stat sheet with one goal, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Olivia Seymour '22 had one assist and boasted season highs with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Tessa Ryan '21, Skyler Simson '20 and Wynn scored one goal and scooped up three ground balls each. Burrall made 15 saves and caused two turnovers.
Nicki Santora scored twice and was the only Heron with multiple points. Payton McMahon and Ellie Burns had one goal and two ground balls apiece, and Ellen Arena recorded five ground balls and caused four turnovers. Olivia Hofmann stopped 17 of 23 shots on goal and grabbed three ground balls.
William Smith used back-to-back free-position goals by Ellie Burns at 27:51 and Anna Murphy at 26:14 to gain a 2-0 advantage, but the Herons were held scoreless the rest of the half. Burrall tallied 10 saves and Hamilton scored three unanswered goals over the next 25 minutes.
Wynn broke the ice for the Continentals with a free-position goal at 24:19, and Simson tied the score as she one-timed a pass from Honor Gabriel '21 at 13:33. Hamilton took the lead with 7:48 left in the first half. Burrall made a save and quickly fed the ball to Alyssa Bonanno '21 towards the left sideline. Bonanno passed the ball up to Wynn who raced downfield and passed to Seymour at the top of the arc. Seymour found Tatiana Bradley '19 down low for an open shot on Hofmann.
Ryan doubled Hamilton's lead at 4-2 with a free-position goal at 23:14 in the second half and Pooley scored unassisted at 20:21 for a 5-3 edge. William Smith proceeded to score the next three goals -- all free position -- for a 6-5 lead with 10:10 left.
The Continentals play their final NESCAC game of the season on Saturday, April 20 at noon against No. 8 Wesleyan University on Hamilton's Steuben Field.