Williams Beats #5 Union 8-6
SCHENECTADY, NY––Williams (3-6) recorded their third win of the season, beating #5 Union College (7-2) 8-6. Despite giving up two early goals to the Dutchmen, the Ephs rallied to break their two-game losing streak. Colton Growney (Berwyn, PA) led the Eph's offense, while Ethan Meyer (Brewster, NY) scored three goals for the Dutchmen.
Head Coach George McCormack thought the win was the result of "good consistent play from our defense." He remarked that the "offense was very unselfish, and made sure to take the time to make the extra pass and to place the ball when shooting."
Union players Meyer and Ted McKenna (Westward, MA) were able to sneak two goals past Williams goalie Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, NY) in the first quarter. The Eph offense, led by Growney, tied up the game in the second quarter. Growney second goal was assisted by senior attacker Charles Gephart (Glen Rock, NJ).
An unassisted goal from Mericos Rhodes (Seattle, WA) 45 seconds into the third quarter gave Williams the lead. Senior Sam Hargrove (Wallingford, PA) scored two minutes later and again with 4:39 to go in the quarter. The Ephs finished the quarter up 5-2.
McCormack was particularly proud of Williams' play in the third, stating that "Union is an outstanding team, and the game was pretty square, but we had a really good third quarter."
Union's Nolan Connors (Niskayuna, NY) broke Williams' run, scoring Union's third goal a minute into the fourth quarter. Rob Santangelo (Rye, NY) followed up a minute later to cut the Ephs' lead to one. Evan Dedominicis (Greenville, DE) responded, making the score 6-4. Meyer would score the Dutchmen's final two goals of the game a few minutes later to tie the game 6-6. Will Stewart (South Salem, NY), assisted by Growney, gave the Ephs the go-ahead goal with 3:07 remaining in the game. Michael Acierno (Short Hills, NJ) had the final word, scoring Williams' eighth goal in the last minute of the game.
Dougherty recorded 14 saves on 20 shots, while Union's Sean Aaron (Great Falls, VA) recorded 12 saves on 20 shots. McCormack thought that the team did a good job supporting Dougherty, and that the first-year keeper played an "oustanding game. He really was the player of the game."
McCormack continued on to say that Hargrove and Growney "played really well" and that Peter Sullivan (Darien, CT) "did some great things at middie and stepping in on face-offs."
The No. 11 Ephs are only one game away from a play-off berth, so the team is "taking things one game at a time." McCormack went on to say that the Ephs are "playing each game like it's the play-offs."
Williams hosts fellow-NESCAC team Colby this Saturday, April 14th. Play begins at 1pm.