Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams Ephs broke the 13-win mark for the first time in their 91-year history with a 12-9 win over Colby in a NESCAC Quarterfinal on Saturday at Farley-Lamb Field.
The Ephs took control of the game at 10:30 of the first quarter when Brendan Hoffman converted an assist from Cory Lund. Four minutes later, Brendan Hoffman netted a second-straight goal in similar fashion from a feed by John Hincks. Colby cut the Williams lead in half at 5:40 on a goal by Jack Rickards. With 50 seconds left in the quarter, Kevin Stump passed the ball to Lund who finished off the feed to give the Ephs a 3-1 advantage over Colby at the end of the first quarter.
Jared Strauss scored at 14:07 of the second quarter to push the Ephs' lead to 4-1. Colby countered a minute later as Riley Bergstrom scored off an assist from Colton Michel to make it a 4-2 game. At 8:35, Stump gave the Ephs a three-goal cushion after burying a shot into the net on a feed from Lund. Under a minute later, with Williams a man-down, Lund scored off an assist from Hincks. After a Colby timeout, Lane Kadish scored for the Mules to cut the lead to three. At 2:38, Stump scored his second goal of the game, but Will Dodge matched it for the Mules nine seconds later. Williams took a 7-4 lead into halftime.
Stump scored his third goal of the day on a feed from Lund at 13:29 to open the second half scoring and push Williams' lead to 8-4. Two minutes later, Stump added another, once again after an assist from Lund, and at the 9:15 mark. Following a man-up opportunity for the Ephs, Colby's Jack Richards scored at 2:19, but the Mules trailed 10-5 heading into the final quarter of play.
Colby netted the first goal in the fourth quarter at 10:05 on a one-touch pass from Kadish to Colton Michel. The Mules netted their third-straight goal at 8:24 when CJ Hassan rifled the ball into the net. At 5:14, Williams broke the Mules' scoring-streak after Hoffman scored an unassisted tally. Two minutes later, Rickards netted a score for Colby off a feed from Hassan to slice the Eph lead to three, 11-8. At 1:26, Kadish scored Colby's second-straight goal of the fourth quarter, but Jake Haase responded with a goal 25 second later to secure the Ephs' victory.
Harry Gahagan had 15 saves in the Williams net, while C.J. Layton made 16 stops for the Mules.
The Mules were led by Rickards' three goals, while Kadish added two goals and an assist and Michel also contributed three points (1 goal, 2 assists).
Stump finished the day with four goals and one assist for the Ephs, while Hoffman chipped in three goals and two assists and Lund had one goal and four assists.
The Ephs advance to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament and will play No. 4 Amherst, who topped No. 5 Bates 23-9. The teams will square off on May 4 at 3 p.m. at top-seeded Tufts. The Jumbos defeated Trinity 17-8, while No. 7 Middlebury upset number No. 2 Wesleyan 11-7. Tufts and Middlebury will play at 12 p.m.