Skidmore vs. Williams
April 8, 2008
The Game Story:
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Skidmore College men's lacrosse team rallied from five goals down in the fourth quarter, but Williams College managed to hold on for the 7-6 non-league win Tuesday night at Wachenheim Field.

The Thoroughbreds are 7-3, while the Ephs even their record at 4-4.

Neither team was able to get much offense going in the first half. The Ephs took a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of transition goals by David Hawley and Adam Benjamin.

Williams scored the first three of the third to open a 5-0 lead. Skidmore got on the board with 3:34 to play in the third when Cory Barkoff won a face off and set-up Matt Levesque to cut the Ephs' lead to four, 5-1.

Hawley opened the fourth quarter with his third goal of the game at 14:42 to make it 6-1.

Skidmore dug down and scored five straight to tie it. Tom Levesque scored at 13:19 and 12:20 before faking a shot and then hitting Nick Coppola who scored from in front at 9:58 to make it 6-4. It was Matt Levesque's turn to score from Coppola on a man-up goal at 7:23 to cut the lead to one 6-5. Tom Levesque scored his third goal of the quarter at 2:17 to tie 6-6.

Williams responded right away when Hawley managed to hold off two Skidmore defenders to score the eventual game-winner with 2:01 to play.

Tom Levesque finished with three goals and an assist. Matt Levesque had two goals and two ground balls, while Coppola had a goal and an assist.

For the Ephs, Hawley finished with four goals. Adam Benjamin added two. Brian Morrissey had a game-high six ground balls.

Both goalies came-up big. Skidmore's John Capitani had 12 saves, including five in the first quarter. Williams goalie Michael Gerbush stopped 14, holding the Thoroughbreds scoreless for the first 41:26.

Skidmore returns to Liberty League action on Saturday at Union College for a 7 p.m. game.