Ephs Top Previously Undefeated Connecticut College Camels

Brian Bissell '18
Brian Bissell '18

 

W A T C H  Highlights

Williamstown, Mass–
 The Williams College Ephs (2-2/2-1 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College Camels  (4-1/2-1 NESCAC) 11-9 in today's match-up on Farley-Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College. Coming into this game, Connecticut College was ranked #20 in the nation and undefeated. 

With 2:40 left in the third quater, spohommore attackman John Hincks led a four-goal streak for the Ephs off an amazing goal that would set the tone for the remainder of the game with Williams on top. 

Farley-Lamb Field was electric on St. Paddy's day today and both teams were fired up to start this NESCAC matchup. With a face-off win leading to possession in the first three minutes of the game, Connecticut College found a goal unassisted by sophomore Ryan Fish. In less than twenty seconds, Williams soon answered back off a ripper of a shot by midfielder Brian Bissel. After great defense from both teams, the Camels were able to break the stalemate with a goal from Maxx Trotsky. Williams once answered again tying up the score at 2-2 by senior captain James McFarland netting a goal. With 1:29 left in the quarter, The Camels took the lead with a goal from P.J. Kelleher. The score at the end of the first quarter was Conn 3 – Williams 2.

Connecticut College was able to capitalize on the momentum they had in the first quarter and netted a goal at 13:01 by attackman Jordan Foster. The camels soon found their third unanswered goal two minutes later by Maxx Trotsky, his second of the day. Connecticut was up 5-2 against the Ephs. At 1:43, sophomore Brendan Hoffman scored for Williams, bringing the deficit to only two goals. With 49 seconds in the half, Jared Strauss netted the second unanswered goal for the Ephs. The score at the end of the second quarter was Connecticut 5, Williams 4.

Williams came out of halftime with a tenacious attitude and tied the score up at 5-5 on Jared Strauss's second goal of the day. The Camels soon answered back one minute later by Jordan Foster, earning his second goal as well. At 10:02 Eph captain James McFarland netted his second of the day after a shot by defenseman Rock Stewart, tying up the score 6-6. The Ephs soon found their second unanswered goal of the quarter to take the lead when Cory Lund was assisted from Kevin Stump. Connecticut College tied the score up with a goal by Maxx Trotsky. With 2:40 left in the quarter, John Hincks found a goal for the Ephs to give them a 8-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Ephs took a 10-7 lead within the first two minutes of the final quarter with back-to-back goals by Brendan Hoffman and James McFarland assisted by Kevin Stump and Rock Stewart. Off a score that rolled right passed the goalie, Jared Strauss found his third goal of the day, giving the Ephs a four-goal lead. The Camels soon answered with two goals by Jordan Foster, bringing the score to 11-9 but the Camels couldn't make the comeback. The final score was Williams 11 – Connecticut 9.

Eph goalie George Peele played the entire game and made 12 saves. The Camels also used one goalie this game, Jameson Hill, who made 8 saves. 

Connecticut College was led by Jordan Foster with a whopping four goals followed by Maxx Trotsky and  P.J. Kelleher with two scores. The Ephs were led by captain James McFarland and Jared Strauss with three goals each. Brendan Hoffman also had two scores. 

Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "Faceoffs and our transition offense really made the difference today."

The Ephs return to action this coming Saturday at Stevens Institute of Technology for a matchup taking on the Ducks at 4pm. The Connecticut College Camels will next play at home against Johnson and Wales University on Monday at 4pm.

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