WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Coming off a 10-4 win over visiting Connecticut College Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament has delivered George McCormack's Williams College men's lacrosse team (9-7) into a Saturday semifinal match-up versus Wesleyan (13-2) in Middletown, Conn.
The Eph defense stood out in the win over the Camels of Connecticut College, allowing just one goal in each quarter,
Eph goalie George Peele stopped nine of 13 shots on goal by Connecticut College.
Williams won but three of 19 face offs versus the Camels and will need to do better versus host Wesleyan.
Williams out shot the Camels on the day 40-29.
Back on March 3 the Ephs hosted Wesleyan in the season-opener for both teams and Wesleyan captured a 9-8 win. Wesleyan out scored the Ephs 5-1 in the third quarter to erase the Ephs' 4-3 lead at the half and establish an 8-5 advantage for the Cardinals heading into the final quarter. Wesleyan went up 9-5 and then the Ephs scored three times in just over three minutes with 6:08 remaining, but the typing and winning goals eluded the Ephs.
Wesleyan, winners of five in a row and undefeated at home (7-0) as the top seed in the tourney is hosting the semifinal and finals of the NESCAC Tournament. Wesleyan advanced to the semifinals by posting a 16-11 win over Bates.
In the win over Bates Ronan Jacoby and Cole Turpin each scored four goals and Turpin added two assists. Wesleyan goalie Otto Bohan in 59:43 allowed 10 goals and made eight saves.
Wesleyan won 24 of 31 face offs on the day, out shot Bates 46-26, and the Cardinals held a plus 33 margin in ground balls.
The winner of the Williams vs. Wesleyan contest will advance to Sunday's championship game on Sunday at noon, which will be played at Wesleyan.