Williamstown, Mass. – The Williams College (2-0/ NESCAC 1/0) men's lacrosse team defeated Union College (2-1) 10-9 in the second game of the season for the Ephs and the third game for the Dutchmen.
The Ephs broke a 9-9 all tie in the fourth quarter with a goal from first year Kevin Stump who had his first hat trick of the season and his career.
Williams lost a hard-fought overtime battle last year 12-11 at Union.
The game started with Williams winning the first two face offs and scoring the first two goals of in just the first three minutes of play. The Ephs scored once again and the Dutchmen answered back with two late goals with one from John Edmonds and one from Kerry Lyne. Williams goals were scored by Kevin Stump and Michael Fahey (two goals). The Ephs took a 3-2 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter started at a fast pace with Williams and Union each scoring two goals in the first four minutes. Kevin Stump picked up his second goal with Brendan Hoffman scoring his first of the game. The two scores from the Dutchmen were from Jack O'Connor and Jack Scheufele. Scheufele scored a goal once again for Union and Williams answered with a goal from Thomas Fowler to end the first half of the game with Williams holding a 6-4 lead.
Union got a goal apiece from from Kerry Lyne and Jordan Cooper to open the third quarter and tied the score up at 6-6, marking the first tie in the contest. Both teams then traded goals. John Hinks scored for the Ephs and John Edmonds for the Dutchmen and the score was tied for the second time, 7-7, heading into the final quarter.
Williams took a 8-7 lead early in the fourth quarter on a goal by first year Rock Stewart with Brian Bissell earning the assist. Peter Richardson then scored for Union to tie up game halfway through the fourth quarter.
With 4:36 left in the game, Jack Sullivan put one in the back of the net to give the Dutchmen their first lead in the game, 9-8, but it was quickly matched by Williams.
First year Brendan Hoffman scored to tie the game and soon after classmate Kevin Stump scored the go ahead and eventual game-winning goal unassisted for the Ephs with three minutes left, giving Williams a 10-9 lead. The Eph defense stiffened and kept the Dutchmen from securing the game-tying goal that would have forced overtime for a second straight year in this series.
Eph head coach George McCormack said, "We showed a lot of resilience on the field today, especially our first year players. Our goalie George Peele had an awesome game with huge saves, and the defense really came out to play."
The Ephs were led by Kevin Stump with three goals, and Brendan Hoffman and Michael Fahey with two goals each.
The Dutchmen were led by John Edmonds with two goals and one assist along with Kerry Lyne who tallied two goals.
Williams' goalie George Peele played 60:00 and had 14 saves and allowed 9 goals.
Union goalie Sam Bebout played 60:00 and had 20 saves and allowed 10 goals.
The Ephs will play their next game on Saturday March 11th at home against NESCAC opponent Bowdoin College at 1:00 p.m., while Union will host Springfield College at home on March 11th.