Williamstown, MA- In a tightly contested rivalry matchup, the Amherst Lord Jeffs kept their undefeated season alive, defeating Williams 2-1 in double OT off the strength of two goals by senior captain Greg Singer.
With just 29 seconds left to go in the second OT period, Amherst had an open opportunity near the goal and Singer slotted it past Williams goalie Christian Alcorn for his second goal.
On the year, Amherst continues their strong start, improving to 6-0 overall (3-0 NESCAC) while Williams' struggles remain unsolved, falling to 3-3 (2-2 NESCAC).
The match got off to a sluggish start, with neither team able to establish a consistent rhythm through the first part of the first half. However, as the half progressed, while Williams' attack remained relatively stagnant, Amherst started to wake up, penetrating the Eph defense continually but repeatedly failing to convert chances to goals. Just before the half, Williams put together a nice series led by fluid passing, but the shot by Mohammed Rashid was blocked and the threat subsequently dissipated. Unsurprisingly, both squads entered the half with goose eggs on the scoreboard. However, by no means was the match over.
Amherst picked up right where they left off in the second half with two great shots within the first two minutes of the start of the half. However, the Ephs wouldn't let those attacks go unanswered, running right down the field off the strength of some great passes, culminating in freshman Sean Dory's first career goal at 49:12.
But Amherst wasn't done. Soon after a brilliant shot by Aziz Khan, the Lord Jeffs tied the game off of Singer's first score from inside the box at 77:32. That attack proved to be the last threat of the half, as neither team provided a strong attack for the remaining ten minutes of the half. Similarly, the first overtime period proved uneventful, as Williams provided some decent link play which led to some possible chances, but only two shots were recorded in the period between the two teams, leading to the game's final 10 minutes, which gave the fans the entertainment a rivalry game should provide.
The second overtime began the way the game began: a back and forth battle between the boxes, and came down to the final minute, when Amherst penetrated the Eph defense for the final time. The Lord Jeffs' attack drove straight through the Williams defense, and Singer knocked the game-winner home with 29 seconds left on the clock to keep the Lord Jeffs' undefeated season alive.
Amherst goalie Thomas Bull stopped four of five shots by the Ephs to register the win, while the Ephs' Christian Alcorn stopped six of eight AMherst attempts.
Tomorrow, Williams hosts Bates at 2 p.m., while Amherst travels to WPI on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. matchup.