Middletown, Conn– The Williams College Ephs (5-5/2-4 NESCAC) were defeated by the Wesleyan Cardinals (9-1/5-1 NESCAC) 11-8 in today's matchup on Citrin Field on the campus of Wesleyan University.
Winning the first face-off of the game, Williams took control of the game by netting the first goal by freshman John Hincks. Wesleyan soon answered back with a goal by Taylor Ghesquiere assisted by Carter Hawthorne. The Ephs quickly scored by Kevin Stump. With 46 seconds left tin the first quarter of the game, Williams received a slashing penalty which gave the Cardinals a man up opportunity. This allowed a score for Wesleyan by Harry Stanton and the game was tied going into the second quarter.
The Ephs hit the ground running in the second quarter by making the first two goals of the quarter by Ben Fox and Michael Fahey. The Cardinals let this momentum be short lived, and three straight goals were scored for Wesleyan by Colin Uyeki, Cole Turpin and Harry Stanton. This put Wesleyan up 5-4 going into half time.
Wesleyan came out with a bang after halftime, winning the first face off from Zach Zavalick and netting the first goal by Harry Stanton once more, giving the Cardinals their fourth straight goal. With a great effort from freshman Rock Stewart, a turnover was created which translated into a goal for the Ephs by freshman Brendan Hoffman. Going into the final quarter, the Ephs were down 7-5.
In the first five minuets of the fourth quarter, Williams was able to hold onto the ball, getting seven shots on goal, but none translating into a score and a turnover gave Wesleyan the opportunity to score by Carter Hawthorne, giving the Cardinals a three point edge. Six minuets remaining in the game, Rock Stewart was able to create another turnover, pick up the ground ball and score for the Ephs rallying Williams to only down by two goals.
The Wesleyan Cardinals let this be short lived and scored three back to back to back goals by Taylor Ghesquiere with one and Carter Hawthorne with two. In the remaining minute of the game, Williams was able to come back with two goals getting scores from Riley Hoffman and Kevin Stump, making the final score Wesleyan 11 and Wiliams 8.
Harry Stanton, Carter Hawthorne and Taylor Ghesquiere all led the Cardinals with three goals each. The Ephs were led by Kevin Stump who had two goals.
Eph goalie Goerge Peele played the entire game and made 13 saves. The Cardinals used two goalies this game. Ted Bergman saw the majority of the game with 10 saves, while Evan Isaacs took the cage for the last two minuets of the match.
The Ephs return to action this coming Tuesday at Hamilton for another NESCAC matchup at 4:30pm. The Wesleyan Cardinals will next play on Tuesday also when they host Trinity at 4:30pm.