Williams vs. Trinity (ct)
April 13, 2002
The Game Story:
Williamstown MA-- Williams men's lacrosse team entered this afternoon's game with Trinity on a two game loosing streak and in need of a win to keep pace in the NESCAC race. However, due to eight unanswered goals on behalf of Trinity the Ephs dropped their third strait contest losing 9-8 at Cole field. The loss lowers the Ephs' record to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the NESCAC, while the win boosts Trinity to 2-7 and 2-3 in the NESCAC.

Williams jumped right out of the gates today as junior Pete Thomson (Greenwich, CT) scored on an assist by senior Scott Goldberg (Englewood, CO) only 39 seconds into the match. The Ephs would not stop there as junior Chris Hayes (Washington, DC) scored a beautiful unassisted goal with 9:18 left in the first quarter, a few minutes later Goldberg would also beat the Trinity net minder giving Williams a 3-0 advantage and all the momentum heading into the second quarter.

Trinity would respond to being shutout by exploding for five goals in the second quarter. Junior Ravi Pillay led the way for the Bantoms scoring 2 goals in the period. The Ephs failed to score, but had three shots hit off the post, while several others sailed just wide of the cage on their way to a 5-3 halftime deficit.

The third quarter saw much of the same as Trinity would net three more goals before junior Graeme Sanderson would rip a shot past the Trinity goaltender with 6:30 left. The Bantoms ninth goal of the game would come at the worst possible time for Williams. Williams was holding for one shot as time ran down in the third quarter, but an untimely turnover led to a transition opportunity for Trinity. After the Trinity defense cleared the ball, senior Alex Wilson raced down the field, found freshman Joseph Cortese who buried the ball past William's goalie Baeman Vertovez (West Islip, NY) as time expired, giving the Bantoms a 9-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Williams offense rose from the dead in the final period when senior Billy Marino (Skaneateles, NY) went top shelf on a pass from Derek Chapman (Centerville, MA) with 11:06 left in the contest. The Ephs who had problems penetrating the great help defense of Trinity all day finally went on a run at the 4:44 mark. Sanderson scored his second goal of the game, which would be the first of three goals in two minutes and 38 seconds for the Williams men. Chapman, who assisted on Sanderson's goal, would score the third goal of the run cutting the deficit to 9-8 with 2:15 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Ephs that is all the scoring they would get. Williams had a handful of opportunities late in the game to tie, but just couldn't find the back of the goal. This is the third time in three game sthat the Williams men have lost by one goal. In each one of the games the Ephs have been behind big only to play a superb fourth quarter. Williams was led in scoring by Sanderson who had two goals and Chapman who had a goal and two assists. The Ephs will be back in action this Wednesday at home against Conn College. Face-off is scheduled for 4:15.