MIDDLETOWN, CT – Down by four goals with twelve minutes to go in the second quarter, the Ephs catalyzed what looked like to be a comeback after four unanswered goals to tie the score at 6-6. After great display of goals from John Hincks, Brendan Hoffman and Cory Lund, the Ephs fell short to the Wesleyan Cardinals in their NESCAC rivalry season-opener.
The Williams College Ephs (0-1/ 0-1 NESCAC) were defeated by the Wesleyan University Cardinals (1-0/ 1-0 NESCAC) 14-12 in today's match-up at Citrin Field on the campus of Wesleyan University.
The Wesleyan Cardinals took control of the game early on, translating to the first goal of the game scored by Scott Irwin unassisted at 12:56. Within the next two minutes, the Ephs found their first goal of the season when junior Brendan Hoffman scored on an assist from freshman Jake Haase. After great defense from both teams, the Cardinals broke the stalemate with two straight goals by Carter Hawthorne assisted by Ronan Jacoby and Colin Uyeki. Less than thirty seconds later junior Kevin Stump netted his first goal of the season to bring down the Cardinal lead. The score at the end of the first quarter was Wesleyan 3 – Williams 2.
Williams came out with a bang early in the start of the second quarter with possession and spectacular passing from the offense. At 14:15, Jake Haase found his first goal of the season assisted by John Hincks tying the game at 3. A wave of three Wesleyan goals soon ensued from Corey Aviles, Carter Hawthorne and Scott Irwin but the Ephs weren't done yet. Down by three, John Hincks led the charge with an electric goal off a feed from Kevin Stump to give the Ephs inertia for a four-goal streak. Four minutes later, John Hincks netted another goal with an alley-oop from Jake Haase followed by Brendan Hoffman with his third goal of the day to tie the game at 6-6. Within a minute, Cory Lund scored off a crease-crank assisted by Jake Haase once again to give Williams the lead for the first time in the game. After a much-needed time out, the Cardinals came back with unanswered goals from Jake Sexton and Matt Chase to give them back a two-score lead going into halftime. Wesleyan was up 8-7.
The Cardinals took the field in the second half with the same mentality that gave them the lead and scored at 11:23 as Colin Uyeki received a pass from Carter Hawthorne. This was soon countered by a goal from Williams freshman Brian Greenstein off a dive to bring the Ephs to a one-goal deficit. With six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Wesleyan attackman Jake Sexton scored his second goal of the game to give the Cardinals a 10-8 lead over the Ephs. Great defense was displayed by both teams and a scoreless remainder of the quarter set up the Cardinals with a two-score cushion going into the final fifteen minutes of play.
The fourth quarter was a goal-for-goal battle by both teams starting with Wesleyan netting a score at 12:52 by Ronan Jacoby. Williams countered with another goal from Brendan Hoffman assisted by Jake Haase to bring the game to 11-9 with the Cardinals ahead. Two minutes later and unassisted, Wesleyan midfielder Scott Irwin scored off of a ripper to give the Cardinals back their three-score lead. This was soon interrupted by Brendan Hoffman's fourth goal at 7:43 to make it a 12-10 game. Wesleyan then answered back with a score at 3:36 with a goal from Ronan Jacoby. The final goal of the game was scored by Ephs freshman Matthew Seligson, but it wasn't enough for Williams to earn their first win of the season. Wesleyan defeated Williams 14-12.
The Ephs used one goalie, Harry Gahagan, who had his starting debut today finishing with 12 saves in the net. The Cardinals also used one goalie this afternoon. Otto Bohan made 16 saves with a great start to the season.
The Cardinals were led by Scott Irwin with three goals. He was followed by Carter Hawthorne with two goals and two assists, Ronan Jacoby with two goals and one assist, Colin Uyeki with two scores and Jake Sexton with two goals.
The Ephs were led by junior midfielder Brendan Hoffman with a whopping four goals. He was followed by John Hincks with two goals and two assists. Other Eph scorers were Cory Lund, Matthew Seligson, Brian Greenstein, Kevin Stump and Jake Hasse.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "Today was a very competitive game but it was also a great opportunity to give many different players the chance to score and we look forward to building upon it for our next game".
The Ephs return to action home at Farley-Lamb Field March 6th when they will play Union College, taking on the Dutchmen at 6pm. The Wesleyan University Cardinals will play home in a match-up against the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday at 6pm as well.