William Smith 1997


GAA: .64 GpG: 2.45 MoV: 1.81

NCAA Champions

The 1997 Herons opened with a 1-2 loss to Messiah, but rattled off 13 straight wins, nine by shutout in response. William Smith outscored their opposition 35-5 in that streak, which was broken by a 1-0 loss to Leb Val. After a 2-1 win over Lock Haven to close out the regular season, the Herons won a pair of games to win the NYSCWAA tournament and move into the NCAA tournament. A win over Rowan on the road in the first round set up a quarterfinal match against TCNJ, which the Herons won 2-0. In the semifinals at top-seeded Lebanon Valley, William Smith won 2-1 and moved into the final, where they notched their 11th shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over Cortland to win the title. Bianca DuPuis, Susan Thibodeau, and Amy Woodland earned All-American honors.

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