COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Williams College men's lacrosse team (5-3) broke a two-all tie in the first quarter on a goal from Michael Fahey, assisted by Thomas Fowler, to establish a 3-2 lead and the Ephs never looked back in downing Carthage College (WI) (5-5) by the score of 18-7.
This game was the second in a row that the Ephs played on the campus of Colorado College in Colorado Springs and concluded the Ephs' spring break schedule. The Ephs defeated Colorado College 15-6 on Wednesday.
After Fahey's goal, Calvin Collins scored to put Williams up 4-2 and then Carthage's Luke Seydel netted a goal with 52 seconds left in the opening quarter to narrow the Eph lead to 4-3, but Riley Hoffman scored with just two seconds remaining in the quarter to put Williams back up by two, 5-3.
The Ephs tallied the first three goals of the second quarter to open up a 8-3 lead before Carthage could get one goal back on a shot by Billy Lane. The streak of three straight goals by Williams featured scores by Tanner MacIvor, Peter Crane, and Michael Fahey, who was again assisted by Thomas Fowler.
MacIvor netted his second goal of the quarter with 12 seconds remaining to give the Ephs a 5-goal lead, 9-4, which they took into intermission.
Eph goalie Miles McCarthy made five saves in each of the first two quarters to help Williams build the 9-4 lead at the break.
The Eph attack ran off six straight goals to open the third period, extending their lead to 15-4. In that string of goals Thomas Fowler and Jack Lauroesch scored twice and Conor Roddy and Calvin Collins once.
Carthage's Dylan Harris scored with one second left in the third quarter to make it 15-5 in favor of Williams heading into the final quarter.
Lauroesch scored his third goal in the fourth quarter boosting the Ephs lead to 16-5. Thomas Fowler netted his third goal off an assist from Tanner MacIvor at 8:26 with the Ephs in a man-up opportunity and the Ephs were up 17-6.
James McFarland netted the Ephs 18th and final goal with 2:53 left in the contest. With 1:39 remaining Carthage's Andy Szun scored his third goal of the day and closed out the scoring in the contest.
Michael Fahey, Thomas Fowler, and Jack Lauroesch all netted three goals and Fowler was tops in assists in the game with three, while Carthage's Dylan Harris recorded two assists. Andy Szun led the Carthage attack with three goals.
Williams out shot Carthage 47 to 34. The Ephs collected 31 ground balls to Carthage's 25. Williams turned the ball over 14 times and Carthage had 16 turnovers.
Williams won 17 of 27 face-offs
Miles McCarthy played the first 45:00 in goal and made 15 saves, allowing five goals. Patrick Shayer relieved McCarthy and played the final 15:00. Shayer made two saves and allowed two goals.
"I thought Miles' play in goal was a big factor today, " said Eph head coach George McCormack. "He made a lot of good saves early, which allowed our offense time to come alive and generate an attack. This has been a really good trip for the team, but we are really anxious to get back and play some home games after playing seven of our first eight games on the road."
For Carthage, Jonah Lackey started in goal and he also played the first 45:00. Lackey made eight saves and allowed 15 goals. Cameron Laird played the final 15:00 for Carthage and he made one save and allowed three goals.
Next up for the Ephs is clash with defending NCAA DIII champion Tufts at home on Farley-Lamb Field on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m.