Ephs March into NESCAC Playoffs After Victory over Middlebury

Williamstown, MA – Tonight the Williams College Ephs re-made history with their victory over Middlebury College, tying the 1997 record for most wins in a season with thirteen wins so far. After a great display of offensive momentum and defensive resiliency, the Ephs continue into the playoff portion of their season.

The Williams College Ephs (13-2/8-2 NESCAC) defeated the Middlebury College Panthers (7-8/4-6 NESCAC) 14-12 in tonight's match-up at Farley-Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College.

Williams took control early in the game at 13:35 after a goal when Kevin Stump slam-dunked the ball in the net of a feed from Jake Haase. Middlebury answered back with a score three minutes later unassisted by Tyler Forbes to tie the game at 1 -1. The Williams offensive machine soon picked up and went on a six-score streak for the remainder of the quarter. After three scores from Cory Lund and goals from Jake Haase, Jared Strauss and Brendan Hoffman, Williams was up 7 – 1 at the end of the first quarter.

At 13:37, Middlebury scored the first score of the second quarter after Chase Goree rifled one in the net in effort to reduce the goal deficit. Three and a half minutes later, Brendan Hoffman netted a goal for the Ephs off a dodge and score seconds after a Williams timeout. The score was then 8 – 2. At 7:29, Eph Cory Lund scored his fourth goal of the game after a great feed from Brendan Hoffman. Less than a minute later, Cory Lund netted a fifth goal off a crease-dump and feed from Jake Haase. At 4:21 Cory Lund tacked on another goal after an under-handed shot to bring the game to 11 – 2. Middlebury broke the Eph score-streak one minute later after a snipe from Jack Hoelzer. With one-minute left in the half, Jack Hoelzer and Frank Cosolito netted two more goals to give the Panthers a three-score streak going into halftime. But this was short-lived after Eph Kevin Stump dumped one in the net. The score was 11 – 5 with Williams up going into the second half.

Middlebury came out of halftime with great intensity and netted four-straight goals in the beginning of the third quarter from Panthers A.J. Kucinski, John Beatty, Chase Goree and Frank Cosolito to bring the Panthers within three goals of the Ephs. Williams soon answered back with a goal from Cory Lund unassisted at 1:07. The score was 13 – 9 with Williams in the lead. With three seconds left in the third quarter, Panther Alderik vanderHeyde scored after an assist by Will Brossman. The Ephs were up 13 – 10 going into the final fifteen minutes of play.

At 9:12, Middlebury scored the first goal of the quarter after a bounce-shot by Jack Gould to make it a two-score game. One and a half minutes later, Middlebury netted a second-straight goal at 7:47 with a score from Frank Cosolito unassisted to give a 13 – 12 game. With two minutes left in the game, Williams scored after a great shot by Jake Haase assisted by John Hincks to give the Ephs back their two-score lead. Although the Panthers displayed a great pace of play in the final two quarter, it wasn't enough to top the Ephs. Williams defeated Middlebury 14 – 12.

The Ephs used one goalie tonight. Sophomore Harry Gahagan had 12 saves. The Panthers used one goalie this game as well. Tyler Bass had 11 saves.

The Panthers were led by Frank Cosolito with three goals along with Chase Goree with two goals and one assist. They were followed by Jack Hoelzer with two goals.

The Ephs were led by Cory Lund with a whopping seven goals. He was followed by Jake Haase with two goals and five assists along with Kevin Stump and Brendan Hoffman with two scores and one assist each.

Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I'm very proud of our regular season performance as a team and I'm happy for the seniors that they were able to get the Thompson Trophy back from Middlebury."

This wraps up the regular season for the Ephs. Williams has secured the third seed in the NESCAC Tournament and the Ephs will host sisth-seeded Colby at 1:00 PM on Farley-Lamb Field on Saturday in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament. 


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