Williamstown, MA – The Williams College Ephs (6-6/5-3 NESCAC) defeated the Colby College Mules (4-6/2-6 NESCAC) 16-12 in today's match-up on Farley-Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College.
With 3:36 to go in the third quarter, freshman midfielder Zachary Harleston would be the scoring catalyst that would lead an Eph offensive scoring machine to five straight goals at theend of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter that would ultimately be the deciding factor in today's game.
The atmosphere at Farley-Lamb Field this afternoon was electric with the Ephs winning the opening face-off, translating to two solid possessions, which allowed the Williams to take a 2-0 lead after goals from Kevin Stump and Jared Strauss just three minutes into the first quarter. At 8:12, senior captain James McFarland made a dodge from below the goal and let one rip, giving the Ephs a three-goal lead. Four minutes later, Mason Brady for the Mules shot from twenty yards out and netted a goal, giving Colby their first score of the day. At 1:38, Colby scored their second goal by sophomore midfielder C.J. Hassan with a shot that landed bottom right in the net. The score at the end of the first quarter had Williams leading 3-2.
Two and a half minutes into the second quarter, Tucker Dietrick netted a goal assisted by Don Vivian to tie up the score at 3-3. Williams soon countered back with two goals in fifteen seconds, one by Michael Greenberg assisted by Cory Lund and one by James McFarland. At 10:32, Tucker Dietrick ripped another shot from more than fifteen yards out, but that was quickly matched with a spectacular behind-the-back shot by James McFarland assisted by John Hincks. Four minutes later, the Ephs scored another goal with a feed to freshman Cory Lund. With 1:22 left in the remaining first half the Mules' Riley Bergstrom scored, but that tally was soon matched with two goals from Williams; one goal from Eph Cory Lund assisted by Kevin Stump and a goal by James McFarland with four seconds left. The score at the end of the half was Williams 9, Colby 5.
The Mules came out poised for a second half surge and after battling it out with an Eph defense, found a goal by Don Vivian at 11:59. Six minutes later, James McFarland scored his fifth goal of the game to give the Ephs a 10-6 lead. After picking up a ground ball, Charlie Lynch scored for the Mules to make it a three-goal game. Williams soon countered with three straight scores, a goal at 3:36 by freshman midfielder Zachary Harleston, earning his first goal of the year; one at 2:52 from Cory Lund and one at 2:31 by Michael Greenberg. With under two minutes left, James McFarland scored another goal for the Ephs, providing a 14 – 7 Williams advantage going into the final quarter.
The Ephs came out of the get-go hot and after a great display of defense, created a turnover that led to a goal at 11:10 by Kevin Stump. Colby soon countered with four unanswered goals by Joe Paolotto, CJ Hassan, John Pappas and Tucker Dietrick to bring the Eph lead down to four scores. Williams got back in the groove after a feed from John Hincks to Kevin Stump, bringing the score to 16 – 11 with the Ephs now up five. A rip from Tucker Dietrick at 1:27 for the Mules made the final score Williams 16 and Colby 12.
The Ephs used one goalie today, George Peele, who finsihed with 12 saves in 60 minutes of play. The Mules also used one goalie this game. C.J. Layton made 16 saves in 60 minutes in the net.
The Mules were led by Tucker Dietrick with four goals and three assists, followed by C.J. Hassan with two goals and one assist.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I thought our team offense was very effective today, while our defense generated much needed turnovers throughout the game."
The Ephs return to action this coming Tuesday night when they will play away in a match-up at Western New England University, taking on the Golden Bears at 7pm. The Colby Mules will next play away in a match-up against Maine Maritime, taking on the Mariners on Tuesday night at 7pm as well.