Williams vs. Bates
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Renzie Lamb's Williams men's lacrosse team evened its record at 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in NESCAC with a 14-13 OT win over Bates. Eph junior attack Chris Hayes netted the first and last goals of the game to boost the Ephs over the visiting Bobcats on Cole Field. Hayes tallied three goals on the day. The win by the Ephs snaps the Bobcats' five-game win streak and drops them to 5-2 on the year and 1-1 in NESCAC.

The Ephs opened the game with three quick goals in the first three minutes and 42 seconds. Hates started off the game's scoring when he converted off a pass from Scott Goldberg. Goldberg then assisted Andrew Layng and Peter Thomson to establish the 3-0 Eph lead. Goldberg finished with one goal and five assists on the day. Bates got on the scoreboard at 9:35 when Jeff Critchlow scored an unassisted goal.

Two Scott Wilbur goals and single goals by Geoff McNally Johnny Kelly put the Ephs on top 7-2 at the end of the first quarter. Bates outscored the Ephs 4-2 in the second period to make it 9-6 Williams at the half. The Ephs reversed the second quarter scoring totals in the third period and led 13-8 after three periods. The 13th Eph tally came with just five seconds remaining in the third quarter when Peter Thomson scored off a pass from Geoff McNally.

The Bobcats refused to surrender and blanked the Ephs in the fourth quarter and tallied five unanswered goals to tie the game. In the fourth quarter bates got three assists from senior midfielder Matt Winterle and Jack Sandler netted the final two goals to tie the game. Sandler's final score came at 4:18.

With time winding down in the four quarter the Ephs were the benefactors of a holding call on a bates defender with six seconds remaining. Williams chose to hold possession so they would open the sudden death overtime with the ball. The Eph strategy worked except their shot was wide and Bates record. The ensuring pass into the midfield was misplayed by bates and the Ephs were on the attack again only to turn it over. Another errant midfield pass by the Bobcats allowed the Ephs to control the ball. The Ephs settled down the attack and held the ball for over a minute and 10 seconds until Hayes went to work form the top, spun to the right and blistered a shot into the far left corner to settle matters at 1:40. The Hayes tally ended an 18:25 goal drought by the Ephs.

"We deserved that win after our tough loss to Bowdoin in Florida," said Eph head coach Renzie Lamb. "Bates played great, but I think their big comeback took a little too much out of them and we won a character-builder."

Sophomore Matt Rade was in goal for the Ephs and he made 17 saves on the day and allowed 13 goals. The Bobcats' Mark Dobbyn had 14 saves on the day.