Heiting hits 100 career points as Union pass Bard

SCHENECTADY, ​​NY – Senior Grace Heiting recorded a career-high seven points, including the 100th point of her career in the second quarter, as the Union College women’s lacrosse team earned a 20-4 win over Bard College in action at the Liberty League on Wednesday night at Frank Bailey Field in Bertagna -Class of 1985 Stadium.

Heiting had another big day for the Dutch, scoring five goals with two assists to go along with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Her fifth and final goal came with 10:45 left in the second stanza and gave her 100 career points, making her the 22nd player in program history to reach the century mark. The senior is averaging 2.73 points per game for her career, with 65 goals and 36 assists in just 37 games.

Junior Dana Truini and second Anna Smith added four points apiece, Truini scoring four times and Smith registering two goals and two assists. First year Sarah Murphy scored the three best goals of the season as the juniors Catherine Julien and Elena Gerrato also scored twice each.

The win was a big one for Union (5-9, 4-5 Liberty League), as the team find themselves tied for sixth in the conference standings with one game to play. A Union win in Saturday’s Senior Day game against the University of Rochester would secure the Dutch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season.

Two early goals from Heiting and Truini were equalized by Bard’s Izzi Popolizio and Sarah Child, forcing a Union timeout at 4:01 into the game. The break seemed to wake up the home side, as Union scored six straight goals to end the first quarter and five more to start the second stanza, taking a 13-2 lead with 7:24 on the clock. Heiting scored four times in five goals for Union halfway through the race, including his historic point.

After Bard scored twice later in the frame to finally end the run, Murphy capped the half with two goals in the final 91 seconds, including one on the doorstep just before time expired. time that gave Union a 15-4 lead at the break.

The Dutch also controlled the final two periods, beating the Raptors 5-0 to extend the lead even further.

Union finished the night beating Bard 46-11 while limiting Bard to 7 of 16 on clearance attempts and mustering 33 ground balls to Bard’s 12. Hannah Dubinsky made three saves in the first half to claim the victory, while the seniors Jenna Paszek stopped all four shots she faced in the second half.

Union will look to secure a playoff spot on Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Dutch honor their senior graduates before a conference clash with Rochester.