Williamstown, MA – The Williams College Ephs (4-4/3-2 NESCAC) were defeated by the Tufts University Jumbos (8-0/8-0 NESCAC) 11-8 in today's match-up on Farley-Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College.
Tufts netted three unanswered goals by Nick Shanks, Stewart Stockdale and Matt Treiber in the final minute of the first quarter, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead at the first break and the Jumbos never relinquished the lead.
Farley-Lamb Field was electric this sunny evening in The Berkshires as the Williams College Ephs battled with the Tufts University Jumbos. From the get-go, Williams' Alex Kitt won the opening face-off, which translated into Jared Strauss scoring the first goal of the game. At 10:57, Williams notched their second unanswered goal of the quarter from sophomore attackman Kevin Stump off of a dodge from below the goal. Less than one minute later, the Jumbos found their first goal of the game by Matt Treiber. This was soon contested with a goal from Ephs' Kevin Stump, finding his second goal of the game. At 3:07, Frank Hattler for the Jumbos netted a goal to bring the score to just a one-point game. Williams' Peter Tomasi seemed to lull the goalie to sleep and let one rip, netting a score for the Ephs to bring back the two-goal lead. However, the Jumbos closed the first quarter with the three unanswered goals to take a lead that they maintined for the rest of the contest.
The Jumbos carried their momentum into the second quarter and at 13:02, Ben Connelly scored off of a worm-burner to give Tufts a two-score lead. Three minutes later, Kevin Stump let it rip from far out and scored hitting the top right cornerto bring back a one-goal game. After a fast break, Tufts scored a goal from junior Nick Katz off of a crease-cranker to give the Jumbos a 7-5 lead. At 4:57 the Ephs' Calvin Collins shot from over twenty yards out and netted a goal to bring the game back to just a one score. The score at halftime was Tufts up 7-6.
Tufts came into the second half with poise and control, leading to a goal by sophomore Nicky Shanks to bring the Jumbos back up by two scores. At 6:18, Brendan Hoffman scored off of a doge from the midline of the field to bring the game back to one. A slew of goals from each team- Andrew Seiter and Matt Treiber for Tufts, and Cory Lund for Williams countered one another to bring the score to Tufts 10 – Williams 8 going into the final quarter of the game.
Tufts took control of the quarter early on with Garrett Samuelson netting a goal to give the Jumbos a thee score lead. Great defense was displayed by both teams for the majority of the quarter with both teams shutting one another's offense down, and closing out the quarter with Tufts on top 11-8.
The Ephs used one goalie this game, George Peele, who made 15 saves. The Jumbos also used one goalie this game, Mason Pollack, who made 11 saves.
Tufts University was led by Nicky Shanks with three goals, followed by Matt Treiber with two scores. The Ephs were led by sophomore Kevin Stump with three goals and one assist, followed by Jared Strauss with one goal and one assist.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I thought our defensive effort and face offs were solid all night, we're looking forward to taking on our rival Amherst College this weekend."
The Ephs return to action this coming Saturday when they will play away at Amherst College, taking on the Mammoths at 1pm. The Tufts Jumbos will next play home in another NESCAC matchup against Wesleyan University, taking on the Cardinals on Saturday at 1pm as well.