WLLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams College men's lacrosse team (7-5/4-4 NESCAC) defeated Colby College (3-9/0-7 NESCAC) 17-14 this afternoon on Farley-Lamb Field.
The game was tied eight all at the half and there were six ties in the first half as both teams battled to try and establish control of the contest.
The Ephs tired to assert control of the contest at 13:05 of the second quarter when a Bryson Gilbert-Bono unassisted tally with the Ephs down a man gave Williams a two-goal lead, 6-4.
Colby, however, came back to tie the game at six on a Sam Wasserman goal and with the Mules in a man-up opportunity and a Colton Michel unassisted goal at 9:26.
Williams and Colby then traded goals with the Ephs' Thomas Fowler's man-up unassisted goal answered by the Mules' Austin Sayre. Williams went up one 8-7 on a Michael Fahey tally, but that was answered at 3:30 when Colton Michel scored again off a feed from Austin Sayre, leaving the teams deadlocked at eight at the break.
On the final possession of the first half with Colby threatening the Ephs' Riley Hoffman was called for a hold and the penalty was assessed at the start of the third quarter with Hoffman off the field for the first 30 seconds.
With the Hoffman penalty the Mules started the third quarter with possession in the offensive zone, but the Mules were quickly dispossessed by the Ephs and Williams went on the attack and killed off the penalty.
Williams took a 9-8 lead when Michael Fahey received a pass across the crease from Gilbert-Bono and beat Rothenberg inside the near post at 13:07.
Chris McLaughlin netted an unassisted tally at 12:29 to give the Ephs a two-goal advantage, 10-8, at 12:29 after the Mules failed on a clear.
Colby's Donald Vivian scored when he reverse pivoted on the left sideline to evade his defender and came in on Eph goalie Miles McCarthy alone and slid the ball past the McCarthy's right foot, making the score 10-9 Williams at 10:59.
At 10:23 off the faceoff Riley Hoffman came in on goal from up top and blistered a shot into the right side of the net to re-establish the Eph two-goal lead, 11-9.
An errant pass by Colby in a man-up opportunity allowed Williams to kill off a Greg Plumb infraction and go on the attack for well over a minute, but an Eph turnover at 8:48 ended the Williams threat.
At 7:54 Colby got one goal back off a shot by Cillian Connor who fired from 17 yards out to the left of McCarthy. The ball bounced off of Eph defender Riley Hoffman into the net, making the score 11-10 in favor of Williams.
The Ephs' Bryson Gilbert-Bono was not to be denied at 7:17 when his first shot was deflected, then saved, and when it caromed back out to Gilbert-Bono he deposited the ball in the net before Rothenberg could recover, putting Williams back up by two, 12-10.
Cillian Connor narrowed the Ephs' lead to one again when he netted an unassisted goal at 2:48. Williams led 12-11.
Tanner MacIvor boosted the Eph lead back to two when he scored from up top from 18 yards out at 1:14, making the score 13-11 Williams at the end of three quarters
After a wild scramble in front of the Eph bench where six, seven players had the ball briefly Eph head coach George McCormack called timeout as soon as Conor Roddy established possession.
Out of the timeout the Ephs went into a deliberate offensive approach, but an Eph turnover turned into a break out for the Mules and Austin Sayre scored off a pass from Colton Michel as the Mules who had numbers going forward. With 11:47 left Williams' lead was 13-12.
With 8:56 left Bryson Gilbert-Bono threatened on Rothenberg's left and then he spotted MacIvor on the right and hit him with a pass. MacIvor beat Rothenberg up top from 10 yards out to make it 14-12 Williams.
Thomas Fowler constructed the first three-goal lead of the contest, 15-12, when he scored on a wrap around coming around Rothenberg's left side at 6:34.
Peter Crane boosted the Eph lead to four, 16-12, when he scored an unassisted goal on a low screamer from 14 yards out to the right with 3:01 remaining.
Colby's Alex Rutan scored from eight yards out to McCarthy's right with a high hard shot at 2:17 and the Williams lead was down three, 16-13.
Tanner MacIvor answered the Rutan goal and the Ephs lead was back to four at 17-13 with 1:26 remaining.
Colby's Alex Rutan scored the final goal of the game unassisted at 0:11.6 to make the final score 17-14 Williams.
"I thought it was a good team win for us," said Eph head coach George McCormack. "Colby gave us everything we could handle, but I liked the way we came out in the third quarter."
Colby goalie Dylan Rothenberg played 60 minutes in goal, allowing 17 goals and making 15 saves.
Williams' goalie Miles McCarthy played 60 minutes in goal, allowing 14 goals and registering eight saves.
Sophomore Brian Bissell had a huge game in faceoffs, winning 22 of 28.
Williams held a 71-34 advantage in shots on the day and the Ephs collected 50 ground balls to 30 for the Mules.
Williams turned the ball over 18 times in the contest, while Colby had 14.
For Colby Cillian Conner, Alex Rutan, Sam Wasserman, Austin Sayre, Kevin Seilor and Colton Michel had two goals each. Rutan added four assists.
The Eph attack was led by Michael Fahey and Tanner MacIvor as they both netted four goals. Bryson Gilbert-Bono registered three assists for the Ephs.
The Mules' next game will be on Wednesday evening when they travel to Bowdoin for a NESCAC contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Ephs will also be in action on Wednesday evening when they host Vassar in a non-conference tilt at 6:00 p.m.