Williams Falls to Wesleyan in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Williams Falls to Wesleyan in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Middletown, Conn– The Williams College Ephs (7-9/4-6 NESCAC) were defeated by the Wesleyan Cardinals (15-1/9-1 NESCAC) 15-8 in today's matchup on Citrin Field on the campus of Wesleyan University. 

Winning the first face-off of the game, Williams took control by netting the first goal from Michael Fahey assisted by Duncan Cummings. Wesleyan soon answered back with a goal by Tom Dupont to end the Eph's starting momentum. Williams gained a second wind and went on a five goal streak, seeing scores from Fahey, Fowler, Stukalin and Stump. The score at the end of the first was Williams 6 - Wesleyan 1. 

In the second quarter, the momentum shifted from Williams dominating to Wesleyan being in control. The Cardinals scored five unanswered goals in the second quarter, tying the score 6-6 at halftime. 

Wesleyan came out with this same mentality after halftime, winning the first face off and netting the first two goals of the second half by Harry Stanton and Christian Barker, both unassisted. This gave the Cardinals a two point lead. Williams soon answered back in under thirty seconds with a goal from Maxwell Stukalin to get the Ephs back into the game. Wesleyan then scored two back to back goals from Christian Barker and Ben Shively to end the quarter, with Wesleyan 10 - Williams 7. 

One minute into the fourth quarter, Wesleyan scored off of a great clear from Zander Kotsen to lengthen the lead by four goals. Then, the Cardinals quickly scored two back to back goals in under one minute to give them a 13-7 lead. With 6:49 left in the quarter, Ryan Flippin score once more for Wesleyan. Soon Williams came back into the game after a great shot and finish from Thomas Fowler, making it his third of the game. Wesleyan soon matched this in under one minuet by a goal from Harry Stanton, assisted by Cory Ekstrom. In the last five minuets of the game, both teams displayed great defense, not allowing a goal, the final score of the game was Wesleyan 15 and Williams 8. 

Wesleyan was led by Christian Barke with three goals and two assists, followed by Shively, Stanton, Dupont and Flippin all with two goals. The Ephs were led by Thomas Fowler with three goals, one assist. Michael Fahey and Max Stukalin also had two goals each. 

Eph goalie George Peele played the entire game and made 10 saves. The Cardinals also used one goalie this game, Ted Bergman, with 10 saves. 

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