Williams Beats Trinity 13-6 in Season Opener

Williams Beats Trinity 13-6 in Season Opener

Hartford, CT - The Williams men's lacrosse team (1-0/1-0 NESCAC) started off their season and NESCAC opener with a four-goal flurry from Cory Lund and Kevin Stump in the opening minutes of the game and never looked back in downing Trinity (0-1/0-1) 13-6. Three-goal bursts to start both the second and fourth quarters helped the Ephs secure both their lead and their first victory of the season.

Williams took control of this game early on after Cory Lund and Jake Haase linked up less than a minute into the game to put in the first goal of the season. Kevin Stump, assisted by Jared  Strauss, netted his first goal of the game shortly after. Saves by Trinity's Patrick Grimes and the Ephs' Harry Gahagan stopped the initial storm of offense, but only temporarily as Cory Lund and Kevin Stump, both assisted by Jake Haase, each put in their second goals of the season before the 7-minute mark of the first half. Jackson Wood put Trinity on the board with 2:16 left in the first quarter to bring the first quarter score to Williams 4-Trinity 1.

The Ephs again started the quarter off quickly by putting in another goal, courtesy of John Hincks, less than a minute in. Cory Lund found Kevin Stump shortly after to put the Ephs up 6-1 before a Trinity timeout. Undeterred by the stoppage, Jared Strauss came out of the timeout to score an unassisted goal. Jack Cahill grabbed one back for the home side to break the Ephs' scoring run.

Strauss put in his second goal of the quarter and Rock Stewart added another one for the Ephs before Trinity put together a good offensive possession culminating in a goal from Jack Cahill with 4 minutes until half time. The first half ended at 9-3, Williams.

Trinity was able to halt the Williams attack for the third quarter keeping the prolific Williams offense to just one goal. After a relatively quiet start from the Ephs, Reid McDonald opened the second half scoring for Trinity. Luke Valentino put in the second straight goal for the home side shortly after. As the third quarter came to a close, freshman Spencer Goodbar scored the first goal of his Williams career to get the momentum back on the Eph's side; the third quarter ended Williams 10, Trinity 5.

A reignited Williams offense scored three goals in the first five minutes of the final quarter from Jake Haase, Cory Lund, and John Hincks. Later in the quarter, Williams goalkeeper Harry Gahagan evaded a few defenders and brought the ball past half himself to start an Ephs offensive possession, but a stop by the Trinity defense prevented Williams from tallying another goal. Trinity was able to get one goal back off a shot from Andrew Collins late in the fourth quarter, but the Bantams were unable to overcome their early deficit to the Ephs.

Williams used two goalkeepers this game with junior Harry Gahagan registering 12 saves and a .667 save percentage, while sophomore Will Bock faced no shots. Trinity played just one goalie, Patrick Grimes, who also stopped 12 shots for a .480 save percentage.

The Ephs were led by Cory Lund and Kevin Stump, who both recorded hat tricks, and Jake Haase, who dished out 4 assists. Jared Strauss and John Hincks each added two goals. Williams won 17 of 23 faceoffs and picked up 31 ground balls to Trinity's 19. 

Ephs head coach George McCormack thought "Harry [Gahagan] played really well in cage and that the defense played physical." He added "Cory [Lund], Kevin [Stump], and Jake [Haase] all stepped up at attack and the midfield of [John] Hincks, [Jared] Strauss, and [Spencer] Goodbar had a strong day. Alex Kitt also did a great job at the faceoff X. We are very fortunate to get an early-season conference win on the road; they are hard to come by."

The Ephs look forward to their next game at 11th-ranked Union College this Wednesday, March 4th, taking on the Dutchmen at 5:00 p.m. Trinity will play their next match away at Curry, also on the 4th, taking on the Dutchmen at 5:00 p.m.