NORTH ADAMS, MA— The Williams College Ephs (6-5, 4-3 NESCAC) fell to the Hamilton College Continentals (4-8, 1-7 NESCAC) in today's home contest held at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 6-9. The close game took a turn in the third quarter, when Hamilton went on a four-goal scoring run. Despite 35 shots from the Ephs, they were not able to clinch a victory.
The Ephs did outshoot their opponents, who fired off 27 shots. They also collected one more face off and had 16 turnovers to the Continentals' 18. However, Hamilton's strong defensive presence and effective man-up play sealed the win for the visiting team.
Despite the tough NESCAC league loss, the Ephs had another widely distributed performance on offense, as six different individuals contributed with goals. Bryson Gilbert-Bono, Steven Kiesel, and Stephen Upton each tallied an assist.
After a few minutes of play, the Continentals found the back of the net first.
Though the Ephs maintained possession from the start of the second quarter, Hamilton's defensemen made it difficult to get a clear shot off. A few attempts were made, but it was Bryson Gilbert-Bono who finally scored from the far right wing. At 2-1, the Ephs were hoping to extend the lead.
However, within a minute, Continental Paul Armideo tied it up.
Play continued for a few minutes, and the Ephs worked the ball around the crowds of Hamilton defense. Michael Fahey scored with a low shot straight through the legs of his opponents.
The Ephs dominated for much of the first half. Though unable to score, they collected their own rebounds to keep possession. Many feeds and shot attempts were disrupted by the defense. Eventually, a Hamilton defender turned the tables and worked the ball to the other end of the field.
A pair of Hamilton goals finished out scoring in the first half, leaving the Ephs down by one goal at half time, with a score of 4-3.
David Lee and Tanner MacIvor tallied back-to-back goals in the third quarter, regaining the Ephs' lead at 5-4.
The ball switched hands in the midfield as each team forced turnovers. Eventually, a successful Hamilton clear resulted in a goal from Pat Donahue.
A similar play occurred for Williams in the following minute, as Steven Kiesel found the back of the net. This would be his team's sixth and final point.
Hamilton's luck changed about half way through the third quarter. Two separate penalties caused man-up opportunities for the Continentals, and they capitalized on each. At the close of the third quarter the score was 7-6.
It was anyone's game going into the fourth quarter, but Hamilton managed to dominate most of the play. Whittam made a number of crucial saves in the early minutes to keep the scoring deficit to one goal.
However, Brian Bauersfield fired one into the net with 7:22 remaining in the game, and a few minutes later his teammate Connor Morgan followed suit. These goals were the players' second and third of the contest, respectively, and they pushed Hamilton to a 9-6 lead.
With less than four minutes remaining, the Ephs would have to step up to close the three-goal gap, a comeback of which they have proven capable. They finished the game with offensive possession but were unable to get those much-needed goals.
Despite a close contest, the Ephs fell short on ground balls and saves, and suffered from a couple of critical penalties. The second half of the game made the difference for their opponent.
The Ephs are looking forward to their next home game, this Saturday at 1:00 PM versus Colby College.