COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO – What a difference a day makes. Yesterday the Williams College men's lacrosse team (5-3) got off to a 2-0 lead and suffered a lapse midway through a loss to Colorado College, but today the Ephs not only scored the first two goals of the game against Carthage College (8-3) they ran off eight straight and went on to down the Red Men 18- 9.
With the win the Ephs snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the Carthage win streak at two.
Thomas Fowler upped the Eph lead to 2-0 when he came form behind the goal to the left of Smith and tucked the ball between the right post and Smith's left shoulder to make it 2-0 Williams at 8:46, marking the second consecutive game the Ephs opened up a 2-0 lead.
Williams went up 3-0 when Jake Schuckman came out away from the goal area to receive a pass from Michael Fahey and then Schuckman quickly turned and beat his defender to score with 1:11 left in the quarter. With one second remaining in the opening quarter the Ephs' Michael Fahey made the score 4-0 Ephs when he converted off a pass from Thomas Fowler.
The Ephs notched their fifth straight goal at 14:25 of the second quarter when Duncan Cummings tallied an unassisted goal. The Eph string of goals grew to six when Kevin Stump scored at 12:04 of the second quarter with John Hincks assisting. Nine seconds later the Ephs added a seventh straight goal when Thomas Fowler scored off a feed from Kevin Stump forcing the Carthage Red Men to call a timeout down 7-0.
An unassisted score from Chris McLaughlin at 9:25 gave the Ephs an 8-0 lead.
Carthage stopped the Eph run of goals at eight when Billy Lane recorded an unassisted goal at 8:25 and the Williams lead was now seven at 8-1.
Cameron Brown gave the Ephs an 8-goal margin again when he converted off a pass from Michael Fahey at 7:46. At 5:46 the Ephs netted their 10th goal of the contest when Thomas Fowler scored his third goal of the game converting off a feed from Michael Fahey.
Carthage's second goal came at 1:54 off an unassisted effort by Andy Szun. The Ephs' Noah McCoy quickly answered the Szun score with his second goal at 1:47 when he scored unassisted.
With 1:12 left in the second quarter Kevin Stump teamed up with Thomas Fowler to score his third goal and Fowler registered an assist. Fifteen seconds later Stump registered an assist when he fed Michael Fahey for a goal and the Ephs now led 15-2.
For the second consecutive quarter a goal was scored in the final second. This time it came from Carthage's Ben Morgan who scored unassisted.
Williams took a 15-3 lead into the half.
The Ephs out shot Carthage in the first half 32-13, collected 20 ground balls to 15 for the Red Men, and Williams had but 4 turnovers to 10 for Carthage.
Eph goalie George Peele had six saves in the half, while Carthage's Ryan Smith had five saves.
The Ephs also opened the scoring in the second half. John Hincks picked up a loose ball just outside of the circle directly in front of Ryan Smith and beat Smith with a high shot at 12:07 to make the score 16-3.
Carthage's fourth goal of the game came with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter when Luke Seydel came from behind the goal on Peele's right side and fired his shot inside the left post.
Williams's 18th goal came when the Ephs' Riley van den Broek came up from behind Carthage goalie Ryan Smith who was trying to clear the ball. van den Broek checked the ball out of Smith's stick and went around Smith to collect the ball and then he deposited the ball into the empty net at 0:36.
Joe Poremba got a goal back for Carthage when he scored the first goal of the fourth quarter at 14:33 on an unassisted effort.
Gavin Kaepernick made the score 18-6 in favor of the Ephs when he registered the Red Men's sixth goal at 11:06. The Red Men were back to score again at 9:16 when Andy Szun converted off a feed from Luke Seydel in a man-up opportunity. Seydel notched his second goal of the game and the eighth for Carthage at 8:35 with Szun assisting.
With 10 seconds remaining Luke Seydel scored the 9th Carthage goal, his third of the game, and the last goal of the game with a big shot from 18 yards out to the left of Powell. The Seydel score made the final score Williams 18 and Carthage 9.
"I was happy the way we bounced back from our previous game," said Eph head coach George McCormack."The players showed a lot of resilience playing our second back to back game."
On the day the Ephs out shot the Red Men 47-35 and Williams turned the ball over 15 times to the Red Men's 20 turnovers. Carthage won 17 of 28 faceoffs and both teams caused nine turnovers.
In goal for Carthage in the second half was Jonah Lackey who made three saves and allowed three goals. Daniel Powell replaced George Peele in goal for the Ephs in the second half and Powell made three saves and allowed five goals.
Luke Seydel led the attack for the Red Men tallying three goals and one assist. Kevin Stump led the Eph attack scoring six goals and assisting on one and Michael Fahey had six points on two goals and four assists.
Next up for the Ephs is a NESCAC road contest at Tufts at 4:30 p.m. on April 5.
Carthage will return to action tomorrow to play host Colorado College.