Wellesley, Massachusetts–Williams College (1-2-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) falls to the Babson College Beavers (7-1-1) with a final score of 2-1.
Sophomore Robert Cellini put the Ephs on the board early after scoring at 2:06 into the first with an assist from junior David Italiano. The Ephs continued to press the Beavers, not allowing their offensive line many chances on sophomore goaltender Michael Pinios. Pinios had a 91.7% scoring record for the game and an 86.3% for the season.
Freshman Max Fuld racked up two penalties within the first ten minutes of the game but the Ephs special team was able to fend off the incoming Beavers. The Ephs also had their chance to capitalize on a power play after junior Jake Donahue and freshman Ryan McDougall received tripping and holding penalties within 30 seconds of one another. The Beaver defensemen held strong, however, and killed off the two-man disadvantage.
The Ephs kept pushing into the Babson zone but could not set up a successful play. After much struggle in the neutral zone, the Beavers posted one of their own at 18:24. The goal came from freshman Bobby Hall with an assist from freshman Josh Beck.
The Beavers took the lead for the first time in the game early in the second period. Williams freshman Will Somers was called for a two-minute minor for hooking and Babson was able to use the opportunity to go one up on the Ephs. At 6:08, freshman Charlie Ackerman, assisted by freshmen Ryan Gouveia and Michael Phillips, scored from the blue line with a shot that hit both goal posts.
With a one goal deficit, the Eph came out of the second intermission looking to square up the game. They kept pushing offensively but Beaver sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa boasted a 97.6% saving average, only allowing one goal off of 42 Eph shots. A hooking and a holding penalty from Babson senior Dan Casey (9:46) and junior Charlie Ackerman (11:17) gave the Ephs their second 5 vs. 3 opportunity and again they could not convert the opening.
The Ephs will play next at home Friday December 2 at 7pm when they host Tufts in a NESCAC contest.