TROY, NY – Down by a score with 1:45 left in the first period, Eph junior Brendan Hoffman ripped a worm-burner of a goal which would not only tie the score, but start an Eph four-goal streak and deliver a much-needed out-of-conference victory for Williams during its spring break.
The Williams College Ephs (4-1/ 2-1 NESCAC) defeated the RPI Engineers (6-1) 16-7 in today's match-up at ECAV Stadium on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Ephs took and early lead, notching the first two goals of the game scored by Kevin Stump assisted by Cory Lund and an unasssited goal from Matthew Seligson. The Engineers soon countered with a great display of offense and a three-score streak. RPI's Owen Putman, JT Kelly and Cooper Urban allowed the Engineers to take the lead 3-2 ten minutes into the game. Williams answered back and Brendan Hoffman netted a goal before the end of the quarter to tie the game at 3.
Williams came out with a bang early in the start of the second quarter with possession and spectacular passing from the offense. At 14:55, Alex Kitt netted a goal and began to warm up the Eph offensive machine. After three straight goals, Williams was back in the lead by scores from Jake Haase and Cory Lund as well to bring the score to 6-3 in favor of Williams. Two minutes later, the Engineers answered back with a score from Will Hatcher to bring the deficit to two. Soon, Williams brought an onslaught of goals to bring the score to 9-4 after another three-straight goals from Rock Stewart, Brendan Hoffman and Matthew Seligson. The Ephs were up 9-4 going into halftime.
The Ephs took the field in the second half with the same mentality that gave them the lead and scored at 9:29 as Brendan Hoffman dodged from the restraining line and ripped a goal from twelve yards out. This was soon countered by an Engineer goal at 5:03 by Cooper Urban to bring the game to 10-5 with Williams in the lead. Two minutes later, RPI netted another goal by Parker Jean to bring the Engineers down by four. In less than a minute, Williams scored to bring the five-score cushion back after a great shot and goal by Brendan Hoffman. Williams was up 11-6 going into the final quarter of the game.
Within fifteen seconds of play, Eph Michael Greenberg netted a score assisted by Rock Stewart, which gave Williams a goal and two-man advantage after a slew of RPI penalties. After being unable to capitalize on the man-up, Williams found another opportunity at 11:03 from a crease-crank and score by Cory Lund off an assist from Brendan Hoffman to give the Ephs a 13-6 lead. Three minutes later, Eph Jake Haase netted a goal after a rip to afford Williams an eight-score advantage. Soon RPI came back with a score from Engineer Lucas Bastarache to bring the score to 14-7 in favor of Williams. With two minutes left in the ball game. Eph Jake Haase snuck by and netted a goal to bring back the eight-goal advantage. This was topped by another Williams goal thirty seconds after as Kevin Stump raced past two defenders, netted a score and drew a penalty to give Williams a man-up advantage and end the scoring in the game.
The Engineers were led by Cooper Urban with two goals.
The Ephs were led by Brendan Hoffman with four goals and one assist. He was followed by Jake Haase with three goals and one assist, Kevin Stump with two goals and one assist, Cory Lund with two goals and one assist, and Matthew Seligson with two goals. Other Eph scorers were Michael Greenberg, Alex Kitt and Rock Stewart.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I'm proud of our team. Today was a tough road win against an undefeated nationally ranked team and we're looking forward to playing Bates on Saturday."
The Ephs return to action in a NESCAC match-up on March 23rd when they travel to Lewiston, Maine to play Bates, taking on the Bobcats at 1pm. RPI will play against Ithaca College away on Saturday at 1pm as well.