Ephs Down Connecticut College 10-6 in Home Opener

Thomas Fowler '17
Thomas Fowler '17

WILIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams never trailed in collecting their second win of the season and second NESCAC win (2-2/2-1 NESCAC), downing Connecticut College (3-2/0-2 NESCAC) 10-6 on Farley-Lamb Field.

The Camels entered Farley-Lamb Field riding a three-game win streak after dropping their first contest of the year to Middlebury at home 5-4, while Williams came into their first home contest off of two straight losses.

After an action filled first quarter that featured six goals the Ephs and Camels were tied at three after Conn's Ross Thompson scored an unassisted goal with 36.5 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Ephs notched the first two goals of the game with Thomas Fowler and Peter Crane scoring. Conn's Ross Thompson netted the Camels' first goal at 6:59 and the Ephs answered that with a man-up goal by Conor Roddy at 2:27.

It took Conn just eight seconds to match the Roddy goal as Tommy Wynn scored off a pass from Max King at 2:19 and then with 36.5 seconds left in the quarter Ross Thompson scored for the second time to tie the contest at three.

Williams notched the lone goal of the second quarter when Bryson Gilbert-Bono scored in close off a feed from Tanner MacIvor giving the Ephs a 4-3 lead, which they took into the break.

Williams extended their lead to 6-3 scoring the first two goals of the third period when Riley Hoffman and Michael Fahey scored. Conn matched those two scores with two of their own to make it 6-5 in favor of Williams at 6:15 of the third quarter. When Ben Parens scored for the Camels at 6:15 the Eph attack responded with three straight goals to close the quarter.

The Eph goals came on an unassisted tally by Tanner MacIvor, a booming shot from the top left by Greg Plumb set up by Conor Roddy, and Khary Dennis scoring off a long run into the offensive zone with 2:15 remaining in the quarter.

Williams out scored Conn 5-2 in the decisive third quarter, putting the game out of reach by netting the final three goals of the third period and taking a 9-5 lead into the final quarter.

The Ephs and Camels traded goals in the final 15-minute session to make the final 10-6 in favor of the Ephs.

Eph head coach George McCormack credited his defense today on the win. "I thought we had great teamwork on defense with guys really supporting the ball," McCormack said. "Our man-to-man defense was great. The defense really shined today. Miles McCarthy stood big in the goal and was a big part of our defense taking that next step as a unit. We did a great job communicating."

McCormack was also pleased with the Eph attack. "I thought a lot of guys contributed to our scoring and we got off a lot of quality shots against one of the best defenses in the country and their goalie made some really big saves."

Nine different Ephs scored on the day with junior attack Thomas Fowler leading with two goals. Fowler scored the first and last goals of the game.

Conn's leading scorer on the day was junior attack Ross Thompson who scored three goals.

Conn goalie Bobby Bleistein played 58:29 and stopped 14 of 24 Williams' shots. Connor Poetzinger replaced Bleistein in goal and played the final 1:31. Poetzinger did not face a shot.

Conn sophomore midfielder Ben Parens stood out today on face-offs, winning 10 of 15. The Conn attack was victimized by committing 22 turnovers on the day compared to 11 by the Ephs.

Eph goalie Miles McCarthy turned aside 12 of the 18 shots taken by the Camels. On the day the Ephs out shot the Camels 45-40 and collected 30 ground balls to 29 for Conn.

Williams will return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to play at Skidmore at 6:00 p.m. Conn returns to action Wednesday when they host RPI at 4:30 p.m.

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