Williamstown, MA – The Williams College Ephs (5-5/5-3 NESCAC) defeated the Hamilton College Continentals (1-11/0-8 NESCAC) 9-5 in today's match-up on Farley-Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College.
With less than a minute into the game, Kevin Stump scored for the Ephs to start a three-goal streak that would ultimately give the Ephs the edge they needed to in order to secure tonight's win.
With a win from Alex Kitt on the opening face-off translating to possession that led into the first goal of the day, Williams was able to take control early on from a goal by sophomore attackman Kevin Stump. Both teams displayed stellar defense which led to a scoreless remainder of the first quarter. Williams was up 1-0.
The Ephs took control of the second quarter in the same fashion at 12:41 by senior captain James McFarland scoring a goal while drawing two penalties on the Continental defense. With a man-up opportunity, Williams took advantage and Kevin Stump netted a goal, assisted by John Hincks to give the Ephs a 3-0 lead. Three minutes later, Hamilton answered back with their first goal of the game by Chad Morse, assisted by Henry Hunt to bring the Ephs' lead down to 2. With just thirty-nine seconds left in the remaining first half, Chad Morse scored once again. The score at halftime was Williams 3 – Hamilton 2.
The first seven minutes of the second half were scoreless, with great defense shown by both teams until Williams netted two scores within thirteen seconds of one another by James McFarland and Alex Kitt to give the Ephs a 5-2 lead. Hamilton soon answered back with a score by Clay McCollum assisted by Zach Larsen. With two minutes left in the quarter, Kevin Stump found his third goal of the day off of a doge from below the goal to bring back the three-score lead. The score at the end of the third quarter was Williams 6 – Hamilton 3.
In the final quarter at 13:41, a second unanswered goal was scored by the Ephs after a shot by James McFarland, earning his third goal of the day. Less than a minute later, Hamilton answered back with a goal unassisted by Chad Morse. Ephs' captain McFarland scored another goal in the final ten minutes of the game assisted by Cory Lund to give Williams an 8-4 lead. With 3:22 left in the game, sophomore Kevin Stump scored a fourth goal of the night, assisted by Cory Lund. With four seconds left in the ball game, the Continentals scored one more goal by Henry Hunt assisted by Owen McCarthy to bring the final score to Williams 9 – Hamilton 5.
The Ephs were led by both Kevin Stump and James McFarland with four scores each, followed by Alex Kitt with one goal. The Continentals were led by Chad Morse with three scores followed by Henry Hunt with one goal and one assist.
The Ephs saw one goalie tonight, George Peele with 15 saves and 60 minutes of play. The Continentals also used one goalie this game, Kyle Gately with 15 save and 60 minutes in the net.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I thought the defense really showed up tonight, it was a great opportunity to see them bounce back so strong and we're looking forward to this coming weekend."
The Ephs return to action this coming Saturday when they will play home in a NESCAC match-up against Colby, taking on the Mules at 1pm. The Hamilton Continentals will next play away in another NESCAC matchup against Connecticut College, taking on the Camels on Saturday at 1pm as well.