Hoboken, NJ– The Williams College Ephs (2-3/2-1 NESCAC) were defeated by the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks (6-1) 15-10 in today's match-up in the De Baun Athletic Complex on the campus of Stevens. Coming into this game, the Ducks were ranked 17th in the nation and their only loss was to the D3 powerhouse Tufts University.
With 11:37 left in the third quarter, freshman Cory Lund led a five-goal streak for the Ephs off an amazing goal that would set the tone for the remainder of the quarter, however it was not enough for Williams to secure the win.
The Stevens Ducks were looking for revenge tonight after a 12-8 loss last year on Farley-Lamb Field. From the get-go, the Ducks won the opening face-off and were able to draw a penalty on Williams, leading to their first goal of the game by Tommy Dawson assisted by Max Bailey. Less than one minute later, the Ducks led a four-goal streak over Williams with a goal from Ryan Caplis and two scores by senior John Boutureira. With just six minutes into the first quarter, the Ducks were up 4-0. Williams soon answered with two goals from sophomore Brendan Hoffman to bring the Ephs back into the ball game. This was soon contended by a Ducks goal from Bryan Rogers unassisted at 3:16. One minute later, sophomore Kevin Stump assisted by Max Stukalin netted a goal, bringing the score at the end of the quarter to 5-3 with the Ducks in the lead.
Stevens was able to capitalize on the momentum they had in the first quarter and netted four unanswered goals by Eric Radbourne, Ryan Caplis and John Boutureira with two more scores for the night while the Ducks' defense shut down the Ephs offense, not allowing a goal in the second quarter. The score at the end of the first half was Stevens 9, Williams 3.
Williams came out of halftime with a much better pace of play and within the first two minutes of the quarter, found two goals, both by Brendan Hoffman to make it a four-goal game. The Ducks soon re-gained control two minutes later with a worm-burner of a goal by Max Bailey assisted by Bryan Rogers to give Stevens a 10-5 lead. Stevens shut the Williams offense down for the rest of the quarter while netting three more unanswered goals by Max Ranaldi, John Boutureira and Eric Radbourne, giving the Ducks an eight-score lead going into the final quarter.
Down 13-5, the Ephs began an amazing comeback winning the first three face-offs of the quarter which translated to five straight goals for Williams by Cory Lund, Kevin Stump, John Hincks and Brendan Hoffman, including a ripper of a shot by Jared Strauss all the way from the restraining line. The score was now Stevens 13 – Williams 10. The Ducks were able to take back the control of the game for the third time and John Boutureira netted a goal for Stevens, earning his sixth of the night. With just twenty-two seconds left in the ball game, Max Bailey tapped in one more goal for the Ducks off of a back hand shot, securing a Ducks 15-10 win over the Ephs.
The Ephs saw two goalies this game, George Peele with 2 saves and 20 minuets in the cage along with freshman Harry Gahagan with 6 saves and 40 minuets in the cage. The Ducks used one goalie this game, junior Carson White, who made 12 saves.
Stevens was led by John Boutureira with an amazing six goals followed by Max Bailey, Eric Radbourne and Ryan Caplis with two scores each. The Ephs were led by sophomore midfielder Brendan Hoffman with a whopping five goals along with Kevin Stump who netted two.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "Our guys had a slow start in the first half of the ball game, but really picked it up in the 2nd half. We're looking forward to heading up to Maine on Saturday to compete against a great Bates team."
The Ephs return to action this coming Saturday at Bates College for a NESCAC matchup taking on the Bobcats at 1pm. The Stevens Ducks will next play at home against Nazareth College on Saturday at 1pm against the Golden Flyers.