Tufts wins 3-0, stops Ephs' hot streak

Mohammed Rashid '16
Mohammed Rashid '16

Williamstown, MA- The Williams Ephs were unable to continue their strong play today, falling 3-0 to Tufts on the Ephs' Senior Day. All five Williams seniors started today: midfielder Troy Ritter, defender Geoff Danilack, striker Mohamed Rashid, midfielder Noah Grumman, and midfielder Marcus Christian.

Williams' six game unbeaten streak was snapped today as they fell to 7-5-2 (4-4-1 NESCAC). With Tufts' win, the Jumbos improved to 9-3-2 (5-2-2 NESCAC). 

The turning point of the match came in the 21st minute, when Tufts forward Nathan Majumder beat Williams goalie Christian Alcorn on a penalty kick. This goal, seemingly gifted to Tufts off of a fluke play, set the tone for the rest of the half and match. Both teams showed attacking promise throughout the first half, but neither team could convert their chances. Williams' best opportunity came in the 38th minute, when Mark Sisco-Tolomeo shot a low ball towards the net, but it was saved by Tufts goalie Scott Greenwood. Going into the locker room, Tufts was up 1-0, and they were not done adding to that lead.

Not a minute into the second half, Majumder struck again for the Jumbos, slotting a ball past Alcorn from an awkward angle on the right side of the pitch. Not to be deterred on their Senior Day, Williams kept pressing the attack, recording two shots in two minutes from freshman Scott MacDonald and junior Brandon Dory, but Greenwood saved both again, preserving the two-goal lead. In the 66th minute, Tufts scored for the final time, as Jason Kayne gathered a pass from Kevin Lawson and booted it into the goal. Williams valiantly tried for the rest of the match to put together a strong attacking series, but wasn't able to penetrate Tufts' defense, which played an impeccable match for all 90 minutes.

For Williams, Christian Alcorn stopped one of Tufts' four shots on goal. For Tufts, Scott Greenwood played a terrific match, saving all six of Williams' shots.

After the match, Eph head coach Erin Sullivan expressed his understandable resignation, saying, "When you put yourself down 2-0 to a quality team, it's very difficult to come back."

Williams looks to finish strong on Wednesday on the road at Middlebury at 3:00 P.M, while Tufts finishes up its regular season at home against Bowdoin on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 PM.