#10 Williams Downs #3 Union 16-10 in Battle of Nationally Ranked Unbeatens

Steven Kiesel '15
Steven Kiesel '15

BOCA RATON, FL – In a penalty-filled and goal-filled contest between two unbeaten teams it was the Williams College Ephs improving to 7-0 and the Union Dutchmen falling to 6-1 as Williams posted a 16-10 win.

Williams was whistled for seven infractions, while Union had six.

The game was played on a grass field in brilliant sunshine on the campus of Lynn University.

Both teams entered the game 6-0 and Union was ranked third nationally and Williams was ranked 10th nationally. On the day the Ephs out scored the Dutchmen in all four quarters.

Nolan Stauffer gave Union the lead when he converted off a pass from Charlie Ross at 8:39 of the first quarter, but Williams answered that goal in 64 seconds later as Duncan Cummings netted a man-up goal at 7:35. Andy Grabowski was credited with the assist on the Cummings tally.

It only took the Dutchmen six seconds to untie the score and take a 2-1 lead when Cam Slatton scored off a feed from Nolan Stauffer. The Slatton goal would turn out to be the last time the Dutchmen would lead in the contest as Williams responded with three unanswered goals to end the first quarter and take a 4-2 lead into the first break.

The Ephs scored the three goals over a three and a half minute time span in the second quarter. The first two Eph goals were netted by Bryson Gilbert-Bono. Gilbert-Bono's first goal was assisted by Grabowski and the second by Thomas Fowler. The third Eph tally came at 3:47 of the period when Eric Kelly scored unassisted.

Nine goals and seven penalties occurred in the second quarter and Williams upped its 4-2 lead to 6-2 on goals by Steven Kiesel and Jack Lauroesch before Union netted two of their own.

Kyle Mason scored with Ross assisting and then Peter Richardson capitalized on a man-up situation and scored at 5:16 to bring the Dutchmen within two, down 6-4.

That, however, was as close as Union would get for the remainder of the contest as Williams three of the last five goals to build a 9-6 lead at the half.

Alex Okemah scored an unassisted tally, Bryson Gilbert-Bono netted his third goal of the half and Andy Grabowski scored on a setup by Gilbert-Bono.

The third period saw three unassisted goals being rung up with Williams getting goals from Kiesel and Michael Fahey and Union's goal coming from Jack Scheufele. After three quarters the Ephs led 11-7.

The Ephs' Steven Kiesel netted three goals in the final frame and Tanner MacIvor and Andy Grabowski also scored to give Williams 16 goals on the day. The three Union goals in the final quarter were tallied by Charlie Ross, Richard Gregory and Nolan Stauffer.

Nolan Stauffer and Cam Slatton netted two goals each to lead Union. The Dutchmen's leading playmakers were Charlie Ross and Adam Rosenthal each with two assists.

Steven Kiesel led the Williams attack with five goals and one assist and Andy Grabowski was the lone Eph with more than one assist, registering two.

Union won 20 of 29 face offs in the game and collected 39 ground balls to 38 for the Ephs. Williams fired off 49 shots and the Dutchmen had 45 shots.

Eph goalie Dan Whittam had 14 saves and allowed 10 goals in 60 minutes, while Union's Stefan Basile stopped 12 shots and allowed 16 goals in 58:02. Sam Bebout played the final 1:58 in net for Union and he did not face a shot.

"Usually it's a one-goal game when we play Union, but today our offense was really clicking," said Eph head coach George McCormack. "We were moving the ball well and we got some good shots out of that movement and we made them count."

Commenting on the large number of penalties, McCormack noted. "We play aggressively, but we also have to adapt to the way the game is being called. I thought we did a much better job at that in the second half."

"It was really hot today so we played a lot of kids and every one of them contributed to this win, but I thought Steven Kiesel in particular stepped up his game today,"

McCormack added. "Our defense did a good job of challenging their guys and the combination of our offensive movement and our defensive energy were key."

Next up for Union is a road game at St. Lawrence on Mar. 25.

The Ephs will next see action on Mar. 31 when they travel to Tufts for a 3:30 p.m. contest. Tufts is currently ranked #1 nationally and the Jumbos are the defending NCAA Champions. Last year in the regular season in a game played at Keene State in New Hampshire the Ephs shocked the Jumbos 15-8 and that was Tufts' last loss.

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