Williams vs. Tufts
March 21, 2009
The Game Story:
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Despite an assertive fourteen-shot, four-goal first period start, the Williams men's lacrosse team surrendered eight second period goals in their loss to the conference rival Jumbos as they dropped their third game of the season to Tufts by score of 13-9. The Ephs are now 1-3 (1-2 NESCAC) in the early going, while Tufts remains undefeated at 5-0 (3-0 NESCAC).

"They're undefeated for a reason," commented Eph head coach George McCormack about the Jumbos. "They moved the ball very well and made their own luck. I thought we battled them hard early on but we were outworked in the second half."

The first 15 minutes were indeed dominated by Williams, as they dominated time of possession and forced the Jumbos to take tough shots. Eph sophomore attacker David Hawley registered two goals (giving him 8 on the season) while Richard Reuter netted a goal and two assists in the period. The junior attacker had a total of 6 points in the loss (3 goals, 3 assists) to give him a team-leading total of 12 points.

Reuter's second quarter unassisted tally would be the lone offensive production for Williams, as the Tufts began to shift the momentum of the game in their favor. Sophomore attacker D.J. Hessler, who assisted the first Jumbo goal, opened the scoring in the period with an unassisted strike. Tufts would put in two more unassisted goals before the end of the second, and the two teams entered the second half tied at five.

The score remained knotted for nearly half the quarter, until sophomore midfielder Matt Cranshaw reclaimed the lead for his team with an unassisted wrap-around score. Cranshaw would go on to score two more, but unfortunately, they would stand as the only Eph marks for the rest of the game. Cranshaw's first score was followed by three Jumbo goals, including two by Hessler and one by junior attacker Jamie Atkins who gave his team their first lead since the opening minutes of the first quarter.

Cranshaw's second goal towards the end of the third had the Ephs within one score of the equalizer, but Tufts responded with four unanswered goals to give them a 12-7, which they held for the remainder of the match.

"Our goals were to prevent them from scoring easy goals in the crease, to the win face-off battle, and to outhustle them for loose balls...I think we either lost or matched them in all three of those areas," said MacCormack.

"We're excited for the game against Roanoke, but they are a very similar team to Tufts, and we will have to raise our level of play if we want to come away with a win."

The Ephs will indeed travel down to Virginia over the break to take on the Roanoke College Maroons, who are an undefeated 8-0 and are ranked #4 in the nation. If the Ephs can step of their level of execution, they have a chance to come away with a huge win that could launch the team into a big winning streak. The match will start at 3:30pm on Wednesday, March 25th at Donald J. Kerr Stadium.