Williamstown, MA – With just 58 seconds left in the first period, Eph Calvin Collins ripped a shot and scored off an assist by Brendan Hoffman, which ignited the Williams offense and led to a six goal-streak giving the the Ephs a lead they would not reliquish.
Bates came to Farley-Lamb Field ranked 11th nationally and the Bobcats ended up becoming the second consecutive win for the Ephs over a nationally ranked team. On Wednesday the Ephs traveled to Troy, N.Y. and pinned the first loss of the season on RPI, which entered that contest ranked 15th nationally. The Ephs were not ranked heading into this week, but with these two wins and a five-game win streak they may get some national attention now.
Bates took control of the game early on, translating to the first two goals of the game scored by Bobcats Dahnique Brown-Jones and Curtis Knapton. The Ephs soon countered with a great display of offense and a three-score streak. Williams' Matt Seligson, Cory Lund and Noah McCoy allowed the Ephs to take the lead 3-2 seven minutes into the game. At 7:25, Bates answered back, and Jack Scribner netted a goal to tie the game. Thirty seconds later, Eph LSM Rock Stewart ran down and scored which was soon topped by a goal from Jake Haase to extend the Eph lead to 5-3. Bates countered with their own goal three minutes later with a score from Steven Canale. With just under a minute left in the quarter, Williams capitalized on two great opportunities while Calvin Collins assisted by Brendan Hoffman and Jared Strauss assisted by Calvin Collins each netted a goal. Williams was up with 7-4 at the end of the first quarter.
Williams came out with a bang early in the start of the second quarter with possession and spectacular ball movement from the offense. Soon, Jake Haase netted two straight goals and began to warm up the Eph offensive machine. After four straight goals in the second quarter, Williams built an 11-4 lead with goal s from Kevin Stump and Brendan Hoffman. Two minutes later, the Bobcats answered back with a score from Jack Scribner to bring their deficit to six. Within the last two minutes of the quarter, Williams netted three goals with another from Jared Strauss, Calvin Collins and Cory Lund. The Ephs were up 14-5 going into halftime.
Williams owned the first half and Bates outscored Williams 9-2 in the second half, but the Bobcats' surge was not enough to overtake the Ephs.
The Bobcats took the field in the second half after a much-needed halftime adjustment and scored five straight goals to bring the deficit to four scores. After goals by R.J Sarka, Andrew Small, Matt Kelleher and twice by Brendan Mullally, the Bobcats were only down 14-10. Before the end of the quarter, Eph Cory Lund scored his third goal of the game to give Williams a five-score cushion going into the final quarter. Williams was up 15–10.
With the same mentality the Bobcats took to knock down the Eph lead after halftime, Bates netted three straight scores by Brenan Mullally, Andrew Small and Jack Scribner to minimize the lead to just two, 15–13. The end of the game was a goal-for-goal battle which started after an electric score by Brendan Hoffman at 8:11. Two minutes later, Bobcat R.J. Sarka would net the final goal of the game to bring the score to 16–14.
The Bobcats were led by Brendan Mullally with three goals and one assist along with Jack Scribner with three scores. Other stand-out players for Bates were R.J. Sarka with two goals and Andrew Small with two goals and one assist.
The Ephs were led by Jake Haase with three goals and three assists along with Cory Lund who had three goals and two assists. Calvin Collins added two goals and one assist, Brendan Hoffman contributed two scores and one assist, and Jared Strauss netted two goals. Other Eph scorers were Rock Stewart, Noah McCoy, Kevin Stump and Matthew Seligson.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "Today was a great win against another tough, nationally-ranked team and it's a great precursor to our competitive Spring Break trip next week."
The Ephs return to action in a match-up on March 27th away when they will play MIT while on their trip to Colorado, taking on MIT at 12 pm MST on the campus of Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Bates will play against Hamilton College home in a NESCAC match-up next Saturday at 12pm.