Wellesley, MA—Williams (7-1-4 / 2-1-4 NESCAC)challenged Babson (7-7) in a non-conference away match on Hartwell-Rogers Field this afternoon. The Ephs had a decisive lead from the beginning of the game, and were able to hold it until the clock ran out, Ending the match with their sixth shutout of the season so far, defeating the Beavers 3-0. In Eph coach Erin Sullivan's words, it "was a very strong overall performance from start to finish."
The game's first goal was scored just 2:17 into play. Junior defender Sean Dory capitalized on an early Williams corner kick. Receiving the pass from first-year defender Nick Ranieri, Dory booted the ball into the net, losing no time in putting the Ephs on the scoreboard.
The Williams team was just coming off of a close game against Wesleyan which had ended with a 1-1 tie in double overtime. With such a match in recent memory, the team would not take their early lead for granted. Moreover, as the coach said, "Babson is a tremendous programs that [Williams has] great respect for. We knew today would demand our very best, and our players rose to the occasion." Both offense and defense were playing with seemingly endless energy and passion, and the Ephs soon had another chance to prove themselves in the numbers.
Just over 15 minutes after the first goal, Eph sophomore Bobby Fabricant seized the opportunity to score another. Taking advantage of a Babson turnover, Fabricant ran the ball up the right side of the field and shot it deftly into the goal's left side, sending it past the Babson goalkeeper, senior James Takami.
Though there was no further scoring in this half of the match, Williams kept a definitive hold on the competition throughout, keeping play almost exclusively on the Babson side of the field.
The Ephs totaled 10 shots in this first period, 5 of which were on goal. The Beavers made 4, of which 3 were on goal.
The second half saw a continuation of Williams' offensive prowess. The Beavers were not allowed a single shot on goal, though they made 1 that went wide. The Ephs took 8 shots, 4 of those on goal, and one which boosted them to a 3-0 lead.
This third and final goal was the game's second by Fabricant. Williams Goalkeeper, senior Bobby Schneiderman, had possession just seconds before this goal was scored. When he cleared it from the box, his teammates quickly moved the ball down the field. Assisted by senior Mark Sisco-Tolomeo, Fabricant scored in the 15th minute of the half.
The 3-0 score was maintained through the end of the game.
After Schneiderman had been in goal for 81 minutes, the Ephs switched goalkeepers, giving junior Aaron Schein 9 minutes in the net. Takami played the full 90 minutes for Babson, saving 7 of the 10 shots taken on goal by the Ephs. Sophomore Chris Czarnecki, senior Dan McGuinness, and sophomore Alex Crompton each took 1 of the 3 Beaver shots on goal. For the Ephs, Fabricant, Sisco-Tolomeo, and sophomore Demain Gass were tied for shooting—each with 4 shots, 2 on goal.
The Ephs will next be taking the field on Wednesday, October 18, at 3:00 PM. They will be facing Hamilton at home. Going into this game, Coach Sullivan says, "We're ready to turn 100% of our focus back to league play and attack the matches ahead."