Men’s lacrosse (4-1, 2-1 in the NESCAC) continued its win streak last Saturday when it defeated Conn. College 7-6. On March 11, the men took on Castleton State and won handily by a score of 16-3.
The men traveled to Keene State last Saturday for their first home game of the season against Conn. College.
The first several minutes of the game showcased the strength of the NESCAC. Camel Briggs Bartson was able to notch the first goal of the contest with 5:12 remaining in the half, putting the Camels ahead 1-0., Williams retaliated shortly thereafter when Michael Fahey ’17 found the back of the net to tie the game. The teams went into the second quarter tied 1-1.
After a goal by the Camels, the Ephs battled back against the 2-1 score and Tanner MacIvor ’16 put one past the Camel netminder to tie the game at 2-2. The two teams continued
to fight back and forth for possession for the remainder of the second quarter before Conn. College managed to sneak a goal past Dan Whittam ’15 and gain the 3-2 advantage
The third quarter continued to showcase strong lacrosse and competitive play. Conn. College scored early to go up 4-2. A series of quick shots culminated in a goal from Eric Kelley ’15. Conn. College retaliated, scoring two unanswered goals in roughly six minutes to take a 6-3 lead. Bryson Gilbert-Bono ’16 kept the Ephs within striking distance with a goal to close off the third quarter. The men found themselves down 6-4 entering the final period of play.
The Eph defense did not allow the Camels to score in the final period, as the Eph attack went to work. Andy Grabowski ’15 scored two goals in the opening minutes of the final quarter and tallied the winning goal with 5:45 to play. With a one-goal lead, the Ephs maintained possession for the rest of the game until the buzzer sounded, coming away with a 7-6 victory.
“It was a great come-from-behind victory,” Head Coach George McCormack commented. “Our defense was really strong and Andy Grabowski really stepped up on offense.”
The men traveled to Castleton State on March 11 for a night game. Jack Lauroesch ’16 found the back of the net within the
first several minutes of the first quarter, putting the Ephs up 1-0. Lauroesch’s goal was quickly followed by two scores from MacIvor and one from tri-captain David Lee ’14 and after nine minutes of the first quarter, Williams was up 4-0. Castleton scored but the men answered with three more of their own. Lauroesch, Fahey and MacIver all notched tallies as the Ephs ended the first quarter with an impressive 7-1 lead.
The second quarter continued in very similar fashion. Williams scored two quick goals within the first 1:30. The Spartans then put up a defensive front that kept the Ephs from finding the back of the net, but their effort only lasted for five minutes. With 8:32 left in the second quarter, Conor Roddy ’16 broke the silence and increased the Ephs’ lead to 10-1. The Ephs continued to control the game for the rest of the period but two weak moments in their defense allowed Spartans Zach Davidson and Louis Alhage to score two quick goals right before halftime. The men headed into the half up 10-3.
At the start of the third quarter, McCormack switched goalies, replacing Whittam with Miles McCarthy ’16. A stalemate for the first several minutes of the third quarter left the Ephs battering at the Spartan defense. The men eventually broke through to score three goals in three minutes while the Spartans did not score another goal for the rest of the game. The period ended with the Ephs ahead by a
score of 13-3.
The fourth and final quarter of the game saw another three goals for the Ephs. The final score was 16-3. Notably, the men outshot Castleton State 56-20. “The last couple of games we’ve had to play from behind, so we talked about that,” McCormack said. “It was great to have a strong start. We had a big advantage in that first quarter.”
The men travel to Bates this Saturday for a 1 p.m. game. Over spring break, the men will face four teams, including conference foes Tufts and Wesleyan on April 1 and April 5, respectively.