Lewiston, ME– The Williams College Ephs (3-3/3-1 NESCAC) defeated the Bates College Bobcats (4-4/1-3 NESCAC) 17-8 in today's match-up on Garcelon Field on the campus of Bates College.
At the start of the final quarter of the game, junior fogo Angus O'Rourke won the face-off, sprinted down the field and put one in the back of the net in just eight seconds to set the tone for the remainder of the game with the Ephs now on top 12-7. Williams would outscore the Bobcats 6-1 in the final quarter to secure a well-deserved Eph win.
The Ephs took control from the beginning of the game with a face-off win by Angus O'Rourke translating into four unanswered goals for Williams. The goals were scored by John Lee, Brendan Hoffman, Matt O'Connor and captain James McFarland. Within the first five minutes of the game, the Purple Cows were up 4-0.
At 5:09, the Bobcats found their first goal of the day from freshman attackman Jack Scribner off of a quick fade-away shot. Less than four minutes later, Clarke Jones assisted by Curtis Knapton for another Bates goal, making it just a two-score game. At the end of the first quarter, Williams was up 4-2.
The Bobcats took their momentum into the second quarter and found their third straight goal, this one from Parker Strong, assisted by Rocco Fantoni. Jared Strauss for the Ephs soon broke the Bates string of goals with a goal to bring back the two-goal cushion. Strauss was assisted by Kevin Stump. At 8:05, Williams found their second straight goal when Brendan Hoffman scored his second of the day to give the Ephs a 6-3 lead.
The Bobcats soon countered this off with a goal from senior Clarke Jones. At 3:13 after two penalties for the Ephs, Williams found themselves two men down. Bates was able to capitalize on this opportunity with a score from Matt Chlastawa assisted by Clarke Jones off of a dodge from below goal line extended, making it just a one score game,6-5, with 2:41 remaining in the second quarter. After two minutes of great defense from both teams, Williams turned the ball over and Clarke Jones put another one in the back of the net to tie up the game at six all at the half.
Williams came out for the second half determined to set a tone for the remainder of the game and definitely did. Kevin Stump and Brendan Hoffman scored the first two unanswered goals of the second half within forty seconds of one another. Just over one minute later, Bates scored with Clarke Jones's fourth goal of the day. Freshman attackman Cory Lund regained the two-goal lead for Williams with a ripper of a shot. Off of a crease-cranker, sophomore Brendan Hoffman tapped one in to give the Ephs a 10-7 lead. With 1:14 left in the quarter, Cory Lund scored his second goal of the game off of a quick feed from John Hincks. The score going into the final quarter was Williams 11 – Bates 7.
Within the first eight seconds of the fourth quarter, Angus O'Rourke ran down the field after winning a face-off and ripped a goal from the restraining line. Bates soon matched this with a goal from Curtis Knapton, his second score of the day. At 9:20, Cory Lund seized an opportunity to score and found his third goal of the game for the Ephs and gave Williams a 13-8 lead. Williams scored four unanswered to close out the scoring in the contest. Eph goals came from Pete Tamasi, John Hincks and Kevin Stump netted two, giving the Ephs a nine-goal lead. Shutting down the Bates attack the Ephs secured a 17-8 victory.
The Ephs used one goalie this game, George Peele, who registered 13 saves. The Bobcats used two goalies. Rob Strain played 46 minutes and made 8 saves, while Mitchell Drake, played 14 minutes and had 2 saves.
Bates was led by Clarke Jones with four goals on the day followed by Curtis Knapton with one goal and two assists. The Ephs were led by Brendan Hoffman with four goals, followed by Cory Lund and Kevin Stump with each scoring three goals.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "Our team really bounced back from a tough road loss and showed a lot of grit against a very tough Bates team."
The Ephs return to action this coming Wednesday against Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a game that will be played on the campus of Colorado College in Coroado Springs, Colo. beginning at 2pm EST. The Bates Bobcats will next play at home against Endicott College on Tuesday at 5pm.