Medford, MA – The Williams College Ephs (15-3/8-2 NESCAC) were defeated by the Tufts Jumbos (17-1/9-1 NESCAC) 17-16 in overtime in today's match-up at Bello Field on the campus of Tufts University.
The Jumbos scored first at 14:09 after a feed from Danny Murphy and goal by Matt Treiber. Williams soon countered at 10:07 and tied the game at 1 – 1 with a rip from Jake Haase after a pass from Brendan Hoffman. Three minutes later, Tufts netted a goal at 6:22 after a dodge and shot by Garrett Samuelson to take the lead back. At 3:10, the Jumbos scored a second-straight goal to take a 3 – 1 lead after Max Waldbaum slam-dunked the ball into the net. With just under two minutes remaining in the quarter, Jumbo John Cordrey scored unassisted to lengthen the Tufts lead. At 1:36, Eph Brendan Hoffman assisted from Jake Haase ripped a shot from fifteen yards out and scored to bring down the Jumbo lead to 4 – 2. After a very strategic timeout called by Eph Coach McCormack, Cory Lund put one in the back of the net off an assist from Jake Haase. The Ephs were down 3 – 4 going into the second quarter.
Williams netted the first goal of the second quarter at 13:09 after a rip from Brendan Hoffman and feed from Jake Haase to tie the game at 4 – 4. One minute later, Tufts answered back with a goal to take the lead after a score from Bryce Adam. At 10:23, Williams tied the game up at 5 -5 and drew a penalty on Tufts after a dodge and shot from Jared Strauss. Three minutes later Jumbo Garrett Samuelson netted a score to have Tufts take the lead. Seven seconds later, Eph Alex Kitt won the face-off and ripped a shot and scored to tie the game back up at 6 - 6. This was soon countered at 6:37 when Jumbo Nick Katz scored after an assist by Bryce Adam. At 4:31, the Jumbos scored to get a two-score cushion at 8 – 6 after Matt Treiber dove and put one in the back of the net. At 3:55, Williams answered back with a goal from Cory Lund assisted by Kevin Stump. With two minutes left before halftime, Jumbo Bryce Adam assisted by Nick Shanks scored to give Tufts a 9 – 7 lead. At 1:32, Jumbo Ben Connelly netted a goal after a quick clear and assist from defenseman Jack Walton. With fourteen seconds left in the first half, Eph Cory Lund netted the final goal of the quarter unassisted after a shot from the goal-line extended. Williams was down 8 – 10 going into halftime.
The Ephs came out of halftime with the same pace of play they had in the final seconds of the first half and scored at 13:57 when Brendan Hoffman dodged and scored after a left-handed shot. Tufts soon answered back with three-straight goals from Matt Treiber, Nick Shanks and Bryce Adam to give the Jumbos a 13 – 9 lead. Williams ended the Jumbo scoring streak at 10:12 when Kevin Stump ripped one after a quick touch and feed from Brendan Hoffman. With eighteen seconds left in the quarter, Brendan Hoffman put one in the top right of the net to bring the Jumbo lead down to two goals. Williams was down 11 – 13 going into the final quarter of play.
The Jumbos netted the first goal of the fourth quarter after Max Waldbaum scored off an assist by Matt Treiber at 12:30. After a timeout, Tufts scored their second-straight goal of the quarter after Nick Shanks scored unassisted to give the Jumbos a 15 – 11 lead. At 7:38, Eph John Hincks ended the Jumbo scoring streak after a back-door score off an assist from Cory Lund. Less than a minute later, Brendan Hoffman netted a second-straight Williams goal to bring the deficit to two goals. At 5:55, Williams scored once again after a quick dump to Hincks off a feed from Jake Haase. Twenty seconds later, Jake Haase ripped a shot and scored to tie the game at 5:36 after an electric goal to bring the Ephs back into the game. Tufts and Williams were tied at 15 – 15. At 4:23, Jumbo goalie Mason Pollack barreled down the field and scored to give Tufts the lead back. This was soon topped by a goal from Williams Kevin Stump at 4:13 after an assist from Cory Lund. After great defense displayed by both teams, no team was able to score in the final minutes and overtime soon ensued with Williams tied at 16 – 16 with Tufts.
With Williams unable to put one in the back of the net after a long possession, Tufts took control of the ball with three minutes remaining in overtime. At 2:05, Jumbo Max Waldbaum netted the final score of the game to give Tufts the NESCAC Championship trophy. Tufts defeated Williams 17 – 16.
The Ephs used one goalie this game and sophomore Harry Gahagan had twelve saves. The Jumbos used one goalie today as well. Mason Pollack had nine saves and scored one goal.
The Jumbos were led by Max Waldbaum, Matt Treiber and Bryce Adam with three goals and one assist each. They were followed by Nick Shanks with two goals and two assists along with Garrett Samuelson with two scores.
The Ephs were led by Brendan Hoffman with five goals and two assists. He was followed by Cory Lund with three goals and two assists. Other stand-out Ephs were Jake Haase with two scores and five assists, Kevin Stump with two goals and one assist and John Hincks with two scores.
Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I'm very proud of our effort today. Tufts was a great opponent and to be tied after four quarters speaks to the type of game it was. Our players left it all on the field and as a coach that's all I can ask".
Williams will next play Keene State for the first round of the NCAA tournament. They will be hosting Keene at Farley-Lamb Field on Wednesday May 8th, taking on the Owls at 7pm.