Ephs Defeat St. John Fisher Cardinals 17 - 12

(Left) Cory Lund '21 (Right) Kevin Stump '20
(Left) Cory Lund '21 (Right) Kevin Stump '20

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. -- The Williams College men's lacrosse team (17-3) made another statement today on defense in their NCAA Third Round game versus St. John Fisher (17-3) by holding the visiting Cardinals to no goals in the first 14 minutes and just one goal in the first half. Williams never lost the lead on the day and claimed their school record 17th win of the season.

The Ephs scored seven first half goals with the first two coming in the first seven minutes as Cory Lund scored unassisted and John Hincks converted off a feed from Jared Strauss.

The goal by Lund at 10:04 broke the single season goals record at Williams by raising his total to 59, one more than John Moorhead '00 registered in his final season.

The Cardinals' lone goal in the first 30 minutes was scored by Chance Gates who converted off a pass from Dany Turck. Lund answered that score just 27 seconds later.

The four Eph goals in the second quarter came from four different players as Lund scored for the third time in the game, Matthew Seligson scored with Lund assisting, Kevin Stump tallied a goal off a pass from Jake Haase, and Brendan Hoffman scored an unassisted goal with 52 seconds before the intermission.

John Hincks opened the second half by scoring just 47 seconds in and Williams now owned a 7-goal lead, 8-1. 

The Cardinals responded with four straight goals from four different players to narrow the Eph lead to 8-5.

The Williams offense then proceeded to out score the Cardinals 4-1 to close out the third quarter with a 5-goal lead, 12-7. Kevin Stump had two of the Ephs' four goals while Lund added another and Noah McCoy stopped the St. John Fisher string of four straight goals with a goal off a feed from Alex Kitt at 7:58. 

Both teams scored five goals in the final quarter and the Danny Turck goal set up by Zach Wagner with 7:54 left brought the Cardinals to within three, down 12-9. That was the closest St. John Fisher would get as Williams netted five of the game's last eight goals to claim the 17-12 win. 

Both teams entered uncharted waters today as both came in off their first ever NCAA Tournament wins and were making their initial appearances in the NCAA Third Round. 

With the win Williams advances to the quarterfinal round and will play the winner of tonight's Rochester Institute of Technology versus Union game on Wednesday, May 15. 

Eph head coach George McCormack stated, "I'm very proud of the way our team played this afternoon and I'm looking forward to another game in the NCAA playoffs." 

Nicholas Miller led St. John Fisher with five goals, while Jordan Deportes added three goals and registered one assist.

Cory Lund and Kevin Stump each scored five goals to lead the Ephs. Jared Strauss registered a game high three assists. The Cardinals' Darin Eakins stopped 14 of 3` Eph shots on goal and Harry Gahagan stopped nine of 20 St. John Fisher shots.

Williams won 19 of 32 face offs, collected 41 ground balls to the Cardinals' 33. St. John Fisher turned the ball over 24 times to the Ephs' 20, while the Ephs out shot St. John Fisher 45-33.

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