#9 Herons defeat Scranton, move on to NCAA third round
GENEVA, N.Y.—Sophomore Whitney Frary scored two goals to lead the No. 9 Herons to a 3-1 win over the University of Scranton in an NCAA Tournament second round game played at Cozzens Field this afternoon. William Smith improves to 16-2-3 this season, and the Royals end their season with a 16-5-1 mark.
The Herons opened up the scoring right away with two goals in the first 3 minutes, 3 seconds to take a 2-0 lead. Frary started it off with her first goal of the day 2:42 in. Senior BreLynn Nasypany sent a pass from the left side of the field to find Frary in the middle, who fired a shot just over the head of Scranton senior goalie Caitlin Byrne. Just 21 seconds later, junior Chelsea England found the back of the net after taking a pass from sophomore Kelsey Hill. It was England's third goal of the season.
At the 52 minute mark, Frary and Nasypany teamed up for the second time. Nasypany sent a short pass inside the box from the left side to find Frary who scored her eighth goal of the season. Frary also scored two goals in the Herons' first round game against Keuka.
The assist raised Nasypany's season total to 12, tying the Heron single season mark established by Antoinette DeLucia '00. The helpers also lifted her season point total to 46, two more than any William Smith player had ever scored in a single campaign. Nasypany ranks third on the Heron career assists list (31) and second on the points list (135).
The Royals had a couple scoring chances in the second half and broke through in the 72nd minute. First-year Samantha Russo sent a pass from the right side to junior Christina Cognetti, who placed a shot into the left side of the goal just out of reach of Heron junior goalie Amanda Davis.
The Herons enjoyed a 14-10 advantage in shots. William Smith took seven corner kicks, and Scranton did not take any. Davis finished with five saves, and Byrne recorded six stops for the Royals.
The Herons advance to the round of 16 where they will face Oneonta. The regional hosts will be announced later today on NCAA.com.