SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – In a game played under the lights on Wachenheim Field at Skidmore College (3-4) the Williams College (3-2) men's lacrosse team came out on fire, netting goals on its first four possessions and scoring six unanswered goals in the first quarter en route to a 16-7 win.
The Eph defense was just as impressive holding the host Thoroughbreds scoreless in the first 24:37 of the contest after the Ephs had registered the first eight goals of the game.
Williams scored on their first possession after Angus O'Rourke collected the face-off ground ball. Duncan Cummings scored his first goal of the season at 13:54 on a shot from in front when he received a pass from Thomas Fowler who was coming around the back side of the goal on the goalie's left side.
Eph lead went to 2-0 when Michael Fahey scored on an unassisted goal coming from behind the goal on the goalie's left side and firing the ball over Skidmore goalie Chris Baughan's left shoulder. The Ephs' third goal came at 9:28 when Jake Schuckman scored off a feed from Tanner MacIvor.
Skidmore called a timeout to re-group after the Schuckman goal.
However, the Ephs scored again off a Skidmore turnover when Tanner MacIvor fired in a shot from eight yards out to the right at 8:50.
A little over six minutes later, at 2:40 the Ephs extended their lead to 5-0 when Tanner MacIvor netted his second goal and Bryson Gilbert-Bono was credited with the assist.
Fifty-one seconds after MacIvor's second goal, he added a third goal at 1:49 when he worked his way in close to fire a low shot past Baughan, giving the Ephs a 6-0 lead.
Just 28 seconds into the second quarter the Eph lead grew to 7-0 as Peter Crane cut across the goalmouth and from left to right and deposited the ball past Baughan's right knee.
At 9:37 the Ephs added their eighth straight goal when Michael Fahey scored from 12 yards out to the left off a pass from Tanner McIvor.
"We're always a little worried abut midweek games, but I was pleased with how well Angus O'Rourke did at the X in winning face-offs and Miles McCarthy had a great game in goal," said Eph head coach George McCormack. "Our offense shared the ball well and got us a lot of good opportunities. And again, we really took advantage of all of the extra possessions generated by Angus' work on the face-offs"
Skidmore's first goal came at 5:23 of the second period when Cody Legeza fired a low shot past McCarthy from 14 yards out to McCarthy's right. Justin Csenge assisted on the Legeza goal.
"Our defense is really developing a good chemistry," added McCormack. "They are communicating and working extremely well as a unit and that combined with the good offense in the first quarter got us off to a great start," added McCormack.
The MacIvor and Gilbert-Bono connection answered the Legeza tally at 3:55 when MacIvor fired in a high shot from 15 yards out to the left.
Skidmore got its second goal of the contest 34 seconds later on an unassisted score by Jack Metzler from in front about six yards out.
Thomas Fowler scored in close. Fowler was falling down as he slipped the ball past Baughan's left knee. Khary Dennis assisted on the Fowler score and the Ephs led 10-2
The 11th Eph goal of the first half came with just seven tenths of a second remaining when Michael Fahey scored for the third time as he again worked his way into the door step of the goal.
The Ephs opened the scoring in the second half when Tanner MacIvor netted his fifth goal of the game with Peter Crane getting the assist. MacIvor netted his fifth goal on just his fifth shot of the contest. The Ephs now led by 10, 12-2, at 9:19 of the third quarter.
Thomas Fowler made it 13-2 when he came from behind the goal on Baughan's left and whistled a shot into the upper left corner. At 8:26 of the period Michael Fahey scored in close and the Eph lead was now 14-2.
Skidmore's third goal came at 4:56 when Cody Legeza crossed from left to right and fired back to the left low to beat McCarthy. Andrew DeStefano assisted on Legeza's second goal of the night. Legeza netted his third goal of the contest at 3:48 on another low hard shot from 15 yards out to McCarthy's left.
With 2:09 remaining in the third quarter the Ephs stopped the Skidmore string of consecutive goals with a goal by Duncan Cummings off a feed from Khary Dennis.
The third quarter ended with the Ephs on top 15-4.
The Ephs scored first in the fourth quarter with James McFarland converted off a pass from Khary Dennis at 13:08. Skidmore answered with 4:18 to play when Chris Melligon scored off a pass from Kevin Mulvey. It only too the Thoroughbreds 16 seconds to notch another goal as this time Mulvey scored with the assist going to Eric Megnia, making the score 16-6 in the Ephs' favor.
The Thoroughbreds netted a third consecutive goal when Mulvey assisted Melligon who was charging in form the left of McCarthy. The Melligon goal was the final score of the contest as the Ephs claimed a 16-7 win.
Tanner MacIvor led the Eph attack with five goals and two assists, while Michael Fahey added four goals. Khary Dennis led in assists for the Ephs with a game-high three.
Cody Legeza led Skidmore's offense scoring three of their seven goals.
Chris Baughan was in goal for the Thoroughbreds and he stopped 16 of the 32 Eph shots on goals, allowing 16 goals.
Eph senior goalie Miles McCarthy started in goal for the Ephs and he played the first 55:42, turning aside 11 of 16 shots and allowing five goals.
Angus O'Rourke won 18 of 22 face-offs on the night for the Ephs.
Patrick Shayer replaced McCarthy in goal and played the final 4:18, stopping two shots and allowing two goals.
Williams out shot the Thoroughbreds 54-32. The Ephs collected 35 ground balls and Skidmore garnered 18. The Ephs committed 18 turnovers to the Thoroughbreds' 13.
The Ephs will stay on the road as this weekend they will travel to Bates for a 1:00 p.m. NESCAC game on Saturday before they head west to Colorado Springs. Bates is currently ranked sixth nationally.
In Colorado the Ephs will play Colorado College on March 30 and Carthage College (WI) on April 2 before returning east.