NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 4 Williams 10, No. 5 Connecticut College 4

NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 4 Williams 10, No. 5 Connecticut College 4

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Williams College men's lacrosse team (9-7) advanced to their third NESCAC semifinal with a 10-4 win over visiting fifth-seeded  Connecticut College (10-6) this afternoon at Farley-Lamb Field.

With the win the Ephs advance to play top-seeded Wesleyan in Middletown, Connecticut next Saturday in the NESCAC Semifinals. Wesleyan downed Bates 16-11 this afternoon. 

Williams opened the scoring in the contest when John Hincks found the back of the net 90 seconds in off a feed from James McFarland. Connecticut College tied the game at one when Jordan Foster scored an unassisted goal 42 seconds after the Hincks score. 

Outstanding play by Conn goalie Hunter Rosenthall kept the game tied at the end of the first quarter as he stopped four shots from 10 yards out by Williams. 

Williams gained a 2-1 lead when Hincks netted his second goal just 10 seconds into the second quarter with the Ephs a man up. Jared Straus was credited with the assist on the Hincks score. The Ephs extended their lead to 3-1 when Kevin Stump took a pass from Cory Lund and fired into the upper right corner. 

With 11:19 left in the first half Connecticut College's Jack Rutter registered an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 3-2. Stump scored his second goal of the contest at 8:38 when his shot bounced off a Camel defender and rolled past Rosenthall to put Williams up by two, 4-2 and Ephs would take the lead into halftime.

Williams wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the third quarter as the Ephs netted two goals in the first five minutes to move out to a 6-2 lead. With 5:07 remaining in the third quarter the Ephs' Stump set up McFarland, who scored on a high shot to push the Ephs' lead to five, 7-2. Connecticut College answered eight seconds later. The Camels won the faceoff and PJ Kelleher scored off a pass from AJ Vazquez. With 1:10 remaining in the third quarter the Ephs notched their eighth goal with Hincks conneting with Lund as Lund and took an 8-3 lead into the fourth quarter.

Connecticut College opened the scoring in the fourth quarter when PJ Kelleher scored from distance off a feed from Gareth Gacetta at 9:03 and the Williams lead was down to four, 8-4. Hoffman netted an unassisted goal when he squeezed past two defenders and beat Rosenthall with a quick shot into the left side of the goal and the Williams lead was back to five, 9-4. The Ephs' Jared Strauss scored the final goal of the game when he converted off a pass from Hincks with 21 seconds remaining, making the final 10-4 in favor of Williams.

Rosenthall made 11 saves for Connecticut College, while George Peele stopped nine shots for the Ephs.