EARLY SURGE LIFTS #9-RANKED WILLIAM SMITH PAST ROYALS, 3-1, IN NCAA 2ND-ROUND MATCH SUNDAY AFTERNOON
GENEVA, N.Y.—William Smith College landed a knockout punch early in its NCAA second-round match against The University of Scranton Sunday afternoon at Cozzens Field.
The ninth-ranked Herons scored twice in the opening three minutes of play en route to a 3-1 victory. William Smith, now 16-2-3, will now meet Oneonta State University in a quarterfinal match to be played next Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined Monday. The loss snaps a seven-match winning streak for Scranton, which ends its 2010 season with a 16-5-1 record.
Sophomore midfielder Whitney Frary (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) scored two goals, including one just 2:42 seconds into the match on the first of two assists from senior forward BreLynn Nasypany (Herkimer, N.Y./Herkimer). Less than a minute later, the Herons went up 2-0 on a goal by junior midfielder Chelsea England (Apalachin, N.Y./Vestal) off of a crossing pass from sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hill (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley).
Frary extended William Smith's lead to 3-0 with her second goal in the 52nd minute of the second half. She took a short pass from just inside the box from Nasypany and knocked in her eighth goal of the season.
The Royals, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003, finally broke through in the 71st minute when junior midfielder and co-captain Christina Cognetti (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) scored her third goal of the season on a play set up by first-year forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown). Russo's assists was her team-leading 10th of the year.
In the final match of her career, Scranton senior goalkeeper Caitlin Byrne (East Rutherford, N.J./IHA) made six saves. She ends her career second in shutouts (25), third in saves (264) and fewest goals allowed (53), and tied for third in lowest goals against average (0.85) in Royals's history.
Senior midfielder Chelsea Paskman (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) also etched her name in the Scranton record books, finishing eighth in assists (21) and 17th in total points (55), while today's match was the final one, too, for senior back Drew Cavanaugh (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Caroline Corasaniti (Chatham, N.J./Chatham). Cavanaugh played in 55 matches in her career on the back line and Corasaniti finished with 11 goals and five assists for 27 total points in 78 career matches.
William Smith now holds a 6-0 lead in the all-time series with Scranton. Two of those wins have come in the NCAA tournament (5-0 in 1992; 3-1 in 2010).