NCAA Third Round: Williams 17, St. John Fisher 12

Williams Men's Lacrosse

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College men's lacrosse team (17-3) earned its second NCAA Tournament victory with a 17-12 win over visiting St. John Fisher (17-3) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Ephs limited St. John Fisher to one goal in the first half as Williams posted a 7-1 lead at the break. Williams scored twice in the first seven minutes as Cory Lund scored an unassisted tally and John Hincks converted off a feed from Jared Strauss. The goal by Lund at 10:04 broke the single-season goals record at Williams, raising his total to 59 and breaking the mark of 58 set by John Moorhead '00 in the 2000 campaign.

The Cardinals' lone goal in the first 30 minutes was scored by Chance Gates who converted off a pass from Dany Turck.

Four different players scored in the fourth quarter as Lund scored for the third time in the game, and Matthew SeligsonKevin Stump, and Brendan Hoffman all found the back of the net before the intermission.

Hincks opened the second half scoring 47 seconds into the stanza to push the lead to 8-1 in favor of Williams. 

The Cardinals responded with four straight goals from four different players to narrow the Ephs' lead to 8-5.

The Williams answered with a 4-1 rally to close out the third quarter with a 12-7 lead. Stump had two of the Ephs' four goals while Lund added another and Noah McCoy stopped the St. John Fisher string of four straight goals with a goal off a feed from Alex Kitt at 7:58. 

Both teams scored five goals in the final quarter and the Danny Turck goal set up by Zach Wagner with 7:54 left brought the Cardinals to within three, down 12-9. That was the closest St. John Fisher would get as Williams netted five of the game's last eight goals to claim the 17-12 win. 

Nicholas Miller led St. John Fisher with five goals, while Jordan Deportes added three goals and registered one assist.

Lund and Stump each scored five goals to lead the Ephs, while Strauss registered a game-high three assists. The Cardinals' Darin Eakins stopped 14 shots in the St. John Fisher net and Harry Gahagan made nine saves for Williams.

With the win, Williams advances to the quarterfinal round and will play RIT on Wednesday, May 15.