WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- George McCormack's Williams College men's lacrosse team (8-7/6-6 NESCAC) has been seeded fourth in the 2018 NESCAC Men's Tournament and the Ephs will host fifth-seeded Connecticut College (10-5/5-5 NESCAC) Saturday on Farley-Lamb Field at 1:00 PM.
The Ephs are in the NESCAC Tournament field for the fifth consecutive season and are the No. 4 seed for the first time since 2014 and second time overall. Williams enters the tournament having won four of its last five games. The Ephs won their only NESCAC title in 2008, and will be seeking their third semifinal appearance in five years when they meet the Camels.
Connecticut College is the No. 5 seed for the second time in program history (2008). The Camels are looking to make their first semifinal appearance since 2013, as they seek their first league title. Williams edged Connecticut College, 11-9, in Williamstown on March 17 in the regular season. Saturday's quarterfinal will mark the first time the teams will meet in the NESCAC Tournament.
In the March contest in Williamstown the Camels' Maxx Trotsky tallied two goals in the first half to provide his team with a 5-4 halftime lead. An unassisted goal by John Hincks with 2:40 left in the third quarter lifted Williams to an 8-7 lead heading into the final frame. Three straight goals in the first 5:06 of the fourth quarter bumped the Eph lead to 11-7. Connecticut College's Jordan Foster netted the final two goals of the contest to make the final Williams 11 and Connecticxut College 9.
The Camels' Jordan Foster tallied a game-high four goals, while the Ephs were lead by James McFarland and Jared Straus who each tallied three goals. Eph netminder George Peele denied 12 of the Camel's 21 shots on goal in 60 minutes and the Camels' Jameson Hill notched 8 svaes while allowing 11 goals.
The winner of the Williams vs. Connecticut College contest will advance to the NESCAC semifinals at the site of the highest remaining seeded team.