Williamstown, Mass– The Williams College Ephs (7-8/4-6 NESCAC) were defeated by the Middlebury College Panthers (7-8/4-6 NESCAC) 19-10 in today's matchup on Farley/Lamb field on the campus of Williams College.
Winning the first face-off of the game, Williams took control by dunking the first goal from Michael Fahey unassisted. Middlebury soon answered this with score from Parker Lawlor. With 4:30 left in the first quarter, the Panthers found the net one more time by Junior Henry Riehl unassisted. A dunk from freshman Kevin Stump one minuet later put the score tied at 2-2 in the first. With one minute left in the quarter, Jack Lee was able to give the Ephs the lead with a score unassisted. The Ephs were up 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Ephs hit the ground running once again in the second quarter by making the first goal by John Hinks assisted by Thomas Fowler. Midd was able to match this quick with a score from A.J. Kucinski three minutes into the second quarter. Michael Fahey hit top corner pocket with 9:04 left in the quarter to give the Ephs the 5-3 lead. Thirty seconds later, Middlebury let this be short lived with a goal from Parker Lawlor. With four minutes left in the half, Thomas Fowler was able to find his second of the game with a great rip. With two seconds left in the half, A.J. Kucinski hit a behind the back shot from fifteen yards out for the Panthers. At halftime, Williams was up 6-5.
Middlebury came out with a bang after halftime, winning the first face off and netting the first goal of the second half by A.J. Kucinski off a fast break. This was his third goal of the same so far. The score was tied up for the second time this game at 6-6. The Panthers soon took the lead by a goal from Matthew O'Neal, assisted by Danny Jacobs. Middlebury scored their fourth straight goal by Henry Riehl five minutes into the second half. At 8:46, A.J. Kucinski was able to net another one for the Panthers, giving them a three goal lead. In under a minute, Henry Riehl shot and scored another one, adding to Middlebury's goal streak. Henry Riehl, Parker Lawlor and Matthew O'Neal found the goal once more with adding to a Middlebury 9 goal streak. This streak was ended by the Ephs with a goal from Thomas Fowler. The Panthers came back with another goal from Jake Schneider, giving Middlebury a seven goal lead.
The first five minutes of the final quarter were quite quiet, both teams playing stellar defense and not giving up a goal. With 9:27 in the fourth, A.J. Kucinski found the goal once more assisted by Stephen Clarke. The Panthers started their streak once again by a goals from JP Miller and John Jackson. Williams came back with back to back goals from Michael Fahey and Ben Fox. Panthers soon topped this off with a goal from defenseman Ben Snow and one more from Jake Madnick. The score was now Middlebury 19 - Williams 9. Eph freshman Brendan Hoffman was able to return the deficit back down under ten with a goal assisted by Michael Fahey. The final score was Middlebury 19 - Williams 10.
Middlebury was led by A.J. Kucinski , with an amazing five goals, followed by Henry Riehl with four goals and Parker Lawlor with three goals. The Ephs were led by Michael Fahey with three goals and Thomas Fowler who had two goals.
Eph goalie George Peele played (the entire game) and made 15 saves. The Panthers used two goalies this game, Charles Midgley, with 10 saves and Will Ernst with 6 saves.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "We had a solid 1st half but did not show up in 2nd half. We are looking forward to the weekend and playing 4 strong quarters".
Both the Ephs and Panthers ended their regular season schedule after today's game.