Amherst, MA – The Williams College Ephs (4-5/3-3 NESCAC) were defeated by the Amherst College Mammoths (8-3/5-1 NESCAC) 19-9 in today's match-up on Gooding Field on the campus of Williams College.
With 7:19 to go in the second quarter, Amherst was able to start their Mammoth scoring machine which led to eight unanswered goals to pull away from a lead of just 6-3. A goal from Maxwell Stukalin for the Eph was able to break this streak, however another four unanswered goals were scored for Amherst to secure a lead that would give them the win.
Williams came out with a big bang to start off the rivalry game with a score from senior captain James McFarland assisted by Cory Lund. This was matched at 12:03 with the Mammoth's first goal of the game by Evan Wolf, assisted by Colin Minicus. Kevin Stump for the Ephs netted a score to give the Ephs back the lead at 2-1. At 8:44, John Coffey scored for Amherst which led to three more unanswered goals, one more from him and one each from Ethan Kazmierski and Matt Solberg to bring the score at the end of the first quarter to Amherst 5 – Williams 2.
At the start of the second quarter, Amherst one again took control with a score from Jon Coffey, assisted by Colin Minicus to give the Mammoths a 6-2 lead. Cory Lund for the Ephs scored an amazing goal to bring the Ephs down by just three scores however, Amherst countered this with two more unanswered scores by Jon Coffey and Evan Wolf. The score at the end of the first half was 8-3 with Amherst up.
Coming out of halftime, the Amherst Mammoths took control of the quarter by scoring six unanswered goals with one goal each from Trenton Shore, Evan Wolf and Max Keeley and three scores from Colin Minicus to give Amherst a 14-3 lead. In the final minute of the quarter, the Ephs were able to find their first and only goal of the third quarter by sophomore Maxwell Stukalin. The score going into the final quarter was Amherst 14 – Williams 3.
Winning the opening face-off, in just seven seconds Drew Kelleher ran down the field and ripped a shot bottom left to give the Mammoths an eleven-score lead. This lead to a four-goal streak for Amherst to bring the score to 18-4 with goals from Matt Solberg, Colin Minicus and John Coffey. The Ephs countered this by sophomore Brendan Hoffman netting a goal for Williams. This was soon topped by Amherst's Ian Kadish with a goal to bring back the fourteen-goal differential. At 10:41, Kevin Stump for the Ephs earned a hard-fought goal which was quickly followed by three unanswered scores from James McFarland, Kevin Stump and John Lee to bring Williams back to be down by ten goals, but the Mammoths shut down the Williams offense for the remainder of the game. The score at the end of the final quarter was Amherst 19 – Williams 9.
The Ephs were led by Kevin Stump with three goals, followed by James McFarland with two scores. The Mammoths were led by Colin Minicus with four goals and five assists and John Coffey with five goals and one assist, followed by Matt Solberg and Evan Wolf.
The Ephs saw two goalies today, George Peele with twelve saves and 45 minutes of play and freshman Harry Gahagan with one save and 15 minutes of play. The Mammoths saw three goalies this game, Chad Simmons with eight saves and 49 minuets, Gib Versfeld with two saves 6 minutes and Cameron Mitchell with one save and 4 minutes in the net.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "Today was a tough loss against a good team but we're positive and looking to bounce back next game at home."
The Ephs return to action this coming Saturday when they will play home in a NESCAC match-up against Hamilton, taking on the Continentals at 6pm. The Amherst Mammoths will next play home in another NESCAC matchup against Connecticut College, taking on the Camels on Tuesday at 6pm as well.