NEW LONDON, CONN. – Fresh off a win over previously undefeated Union College on Friday evening the Williams Ephs (3-1/2-1 NESCAC) carried that momentum with them to Connecticut and a NESCAC contest at Connecticut College (2-3/0-3 NESCAC), downing the host Camels 18-9.
Williams tallied the first four goals of the contest with Cory Lund netting three and Jake Haase scoring one. After the Calvin Collins tally at 11:51 of the second quarter extending the Eph lead to five, the Connecticut College Camels' attack came to life and the Camels scored two straight goals, before Collins was able to negate that spree with another goal of his own.
The Camels' PJ Kelleher made things interesting in the second quarter when he scored on the short side with 4:34 remaining before halftime and that brought the Camels to within one goal, down 5-4.
However, the Ephs answered by scoring the final three goals of the quarter. Jake Haase found Brendan Hoffman 15 yards out to the left of the goal and Hoffman blistered a shot over the Camels' Colin Smith shoulder to give the Ephs a two-goal lead at 6-4. The seventh Eph goal came when Calvin Collins picked up a loose ball just over midfield and raced in evading two defenders to come in alone on goal to score with just under a minute to play.
When Alex Kitt won yet another face-off the Ephs called timeout with 35.3 left in the half and the Haase to Hoffman connection delivered Hoffman's second goal in just over a minute after his first tally and provided the Ephs' a four-goal margin at the half 8-4.
PJ Kelleher stopped the Eph 3-goal surge with a goal of his own and the Eph lead was 11-5. A save by Eph goalie Harry Gahagan quickly turned into a scoring opportunity as Gahagan found Lund with a long pass and Lund passed to Jake Haase for a shot and goal. Haase would score again unassisted giving the Ephs an eight-goal margin 13-5.
Just sixteen seconds into the final quarter Cory Lund scooped up a rebound and scored his sixth goal of the game and the Ephs were up 14-6. Lund's seventh goal of the contest came at 12:43 when he was set up by feed from Brendan Hoffman. His eighth and final goal came with 2:07 remaining when he scored unassisted.
George Boynton '60 and Michael Anniston '65 own the Williams record for most goals in a game with nine. Boynton's 9-goal game came against Union in 1958, while Anniston scored nine times versus RPI in 1964.
The Camels used two goalies on the day with Colin Smith making six saves and allowing nine goals in 30:16. Jameson Hill played 29:44 and he made seven saves and allowed nine goals.
Sean Smith and PJ Kelleher led the Connecticut College attack with Smith netting three goals and assisting one goal and Kelleher scoring twice and registering three assists.
Alex Kitt was again stellar on the face-off for the Ephs winning 12 of 18. The Ephs collected 36 ground balls to 23 for Connecticut College. "We had a talk with Alex earlier in the season and told him we were lacking in winning face-offs over the past few years and he has really stepped it up," noted Eph head coach George McCormack. "He's just hot right now."
"It's always good to win on the road especially in our conference, " McCormack added. "I was pleased that we traveled well and played well. I was impressed by the play of Brendan Hoffman, Calvin Collins, Jake Haase, and Cory Lund," McCormack said. "I had no idea Cory had eight goals until I saw the stats."
Next up for the Ephs is a road contest on Wed., March 20 at RPI at 6:00 PM.