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Ephs Drop Second in a Row, Lose Heartbreaker 12-11 to Skidmore|
Date April 10, 2002
From Timothy B Folan
Williamstown, MA--Williams men's lacrosse dropped its second game in a row this afternoon at home against Skidmore College by a score of 12-11. The match was their last out of conference game and cost them much needed momentum heading into the remaining NESCAC schedule. Junior Chris Hayes (Washington, DC) said, "The loss hurts, but we need to now refocus on the NESCAC and come ready to get work and get better tomorrow in practice." The loss moves the Ephs record back to the .500 mark, while Skidmore improves to 5-2 on the year.
The game was almost identical to the Colby loss last Saturday. The Ephs got down early, had to play catch up and finished just a goal short. Skidmore took a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first period. Williams fought tough and managed to tie the game at 6-6 in the second period. However, costly turnovers in their own zone led to easy Skidmore goals and paved the way for 9-6 Skidmore advantage at half time.
Williams came out of halftime determined to cut the deficit. The Ephs got multiple scoring chances early in the third quarter, but just couldn't find the back of the net. Mean while, Skidmore picked up just where they had left off, dominating the quarter three goals to one.
Trailing 12-7 in the fourth the Williams offensive attack woke up and found the goal three times in less than two minutes. The first of the three came with 8:54 left when junior Johnny Kelly (Bronxville, NY), who is more known for his defensive abilities, lit the spark for Williams beating the Skidmore goaltender. One minute and 23 seconds later mid fielder Graeme Sanderson (Waterford, CT) scored cutting the Skidmore lead 12-9. After winning the ensuing face off the Ephs raced down the field, found Derek Chapman (Centerville, MA) and he ripped a shot from 20 feet almost burning a whole in the net as it flew past the Skidmore net minder with 6:58 left in the game.
Unfortunately that would be all the scoring until the final five seconds of the game, when Kelly found a streaking Andrew Layng (New Cannon, CT) who hit an off balance attempt, but it was too little too late for Williams. A combination of a tightened Skidmore defense and Williams not taking care of the ball cost the Ephs a chance at a tie or at a win. On the other hand Williams was kept in the game by some outstanding goal tending on the part of Baemen Vertovez (West Islip, NY). The sophomore was brought into the game in the fourth quarter and stopped all seven of Skidmore's shots in the final period, including four point blank shots from just outside the crease.
The Ephs were led in scoring by Pete Thompson (Greenwich, CT) who had two goals and two assists. Hayes added two goals of his own and Scott Wilbur (Victor, NY) pui in two goals as well. Skidmore was led by Brendan Bellefeville who recorded 3 goals and one assist. The Ephs will be back in action this Saturday against Trinity at Cole Field. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 in the afternoon.
Williams vs. Skidmore
April 10, 2002