The Williams College Ephs (3-1/1-1 NESCAC) took on the Castleton State Spartans (1-3) for yet another game on the road. However, the midweek travel did not seem to concern the Ephs as they took down the Spartans one goal at a time.
In addition to the strong presence on attack, the Williams defensemen played a critical role. Extending their winning streak to three games was a full team effort.
Jack Lauroesch kicked off the scoring with an early goal, fed by Stephen Upton. A few minutes of competitive play followed, and both goalkeepers were challenged.
A clean ground ball pickup by Michael Fahey helped to spur another run for the Ephs. They worked the ball down to the attack, and in a matter of two minutes, three more points were tallied. With 6:14 remaining in the first quarter, Williams was leading 4-0.
Will Stuhler slid the ball past Whittam for the first Spartan goal with 4:42 remaining, and the Ephs responded by firing off a few more shots.
Jack Lauroesch and Michael Fahey scored back-to-back goals, hardly giving the Spartans a moment to react. A few more minutes of Williams possession allowed Tanner MacIvor to collect his third goal of the game.
The first quarter came to a close with a 7-1 score.
Lauroesch started the second quarter the same way that he started the first, with a quick goal. Minutes later, Stephen Upton further increased the Ephs' lead, and with 13:35 remaining the score was 9-1.
For several minutes in the second quarter, Castleton goalkeeper Peter Latulippe held off the Williams attack. However, with 8:32 remaining Conor Roddy found the back of the net.
Though Williams possessed the ball for the majority of the quarter, the strong squad had a few crucial breakdowns. Spartan Zach Davidson took advantage, and was able to score a goal with 3:57 remaining.
With 2 seconds remaining, his teammate Louis Alhage followed his lead. The score was 10-3 at the half.
Seconds into the third quarter, Miles McCarthy replaced Whittam in the net. After a few minutes of exchanging possession, the Williams attack broke through to score three goals in three minutes.
A slashing foul put the Ephs in a man-down situation with approximately two minutes on the clock. Though the Spartans attacked the net with ferocity, the Ephs defense held their ground until time expired in the third quarter.
Two early goals in the fourth quarter confirmed what the Ephs already knew. At 15-3, they were about twelve minutes away from a victory. However, Latulippe proved strong until the end. He saved a number of shots late in the game.
Although the Spartans did not collect any goals in the second half, they put up a fight and fired off a number of shots. Effective ball movement led to the Ephs' final goal, scored by first-year Duncan Cummings.
Time expired with the score at 16-3 in the Ephs' favor.
Though Williams defeated their opponent with ease, the teams were evenly matched in a number of areas. The Ephs had 29 successful ground balls to the Spartans' 28, and for the first time this season Williams did not win the majority of the face offs.
The Ephs did, however, outshoot their opponent 56 to 20, a statistic we have come to expect from this season's offensive squad.
McCormack revealed that the Ephs' strong start had been their strategy going into the contest: "The last couple of games we've had to play from behind, so we talked about that. It was great to have a strong start. We had a big advantage in that first quarter."
McCormack also praised McCarthy, who had a shutout in the second half.
Williams will look to collect their fourth win this Saturday against Connecticut College. The NESCAC game will be held at Keene State at 1:00 PM.