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March 30, 2013

Ephs Defeat Bates 10-7

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams College men's lacrosse team (3-3/2-2 NESCAC) scored the game's first goal at 8:02 of the first quarter when Evan Dedominicis scored off a feed from Colin Feaster and never looked back in downing visiting Bates College (5-4/3-3 NESCAC) 10-7.

The Ephs went on to score two more goals before Bates got on the board at 6:40 of the second quarter. Bates's Jack Allard scored the first of his five goals on the afternoon on an unassisted tally.

After the Allard goal the Ephs got an unassisted score from Tucker Dayton at 4:48 and Colton Growney notched his second goal of the day with just 14 seconds left in the half on a pass from Steven Kiesel.

The Ephs led at the half 5-1.

Williams upped its lead to five when Colton Growney scored for the third time with Steven Kiesel getting credit for the assist at 12:53 of third quarter as the Ephs capitalized on a man-up opportunity.

Williams out scored the Bobcats in the third quarter 4-3, thanks to two goals from Evan Dedominicis and one from Andy Grabowski. The Bates goals came Jack Strain (2) and Jack Allard.

Strain's second goal found him receiving a pass from Nick Ford as he cut from Eph goalie Dan Whittam's right to left and whipping the ball behind his back just inside the far post.

The Allard goal with 1:33 left in the quarter made the score 9-4 Williams, but it was clear that Bates had begun to operate with more offensive efficiency, especially Allard.

Allard single handedly brought the Bobcats back into the game in the fourth quarter when he scored three unanswered goals (making it four straight overall), cutting the Eph lead to two, 9-7. The Allard goals came in a span of 3:06 when he scored at 13:36 (assist to Ford), unassisted at 12:45 and at 10:34 off a pass from Andrew Berry.

Even with Bates seemingly seizing the momentum the Ephs were able to force a turnover in the person of Tucker Dayton and turn it into a tide-stemming goal by first year Conor Roddy. Roddy's tally off a pass from Steven Kiesel (6:22) stopped the Bates' run and was the last goal of the game.

However the final six plus minutes were not without excitement, especially when the Ephs found themselves down a man for two minutes with 3:46remaining after Ryan Hamilton was called for a blow to the head of a Bobcats' player.

The Ephs successfully killed off the two-minute locked in, man-down penalty situation to preserve the victory.

On the day the Ephs had one less turnover than did Bates, 20-19. The Bobcats controlled most of the faceoffs, winning 13 of 20.

Williams had 20 shots on goal and the Bobcats fired 17 on goal. Bates's goalie Charlie Kazerian stopped 9 shots and allowed 10 goals, while the Ephs' Dan Whittam stopped 10 shots and allowed 7 goals.

"I thought we had a good first half offensively with some hard dodges and some good shots and I liked that we held them to one goal," said Eph head coach George McCormack. "Bates is a well-coached team and I told the guys at the half that they would mount a comeback and we needed to be ready for it."

Jack Allard of Bates had a game-high five goals, while the Ephs were led in scoring by Evan Dedominicis and Colton Growney who each recorded a hat trick and Seven Kiesel added four assists.

"It was good to see us protect a late lead, which is something we did not do on our spring trip," stated McCormack. "I was really proud of how we did not allow them to score a goal when we were down a man [who was locked in} for two minutes with about four minutes to play."

Next up for the Ephs is another NESCAC contest tomorrow afternoon on Lamb Field versus Bowdoin College at 1:00 PM.

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