Williams vs. Wesleyan
April 22, 2006
The Game Story:
Williamstown, MA- The Williams men's lacrosse team used a 7-goal 2nd quarter to upset Little Three rival Wesleyan by a score of 11-10 on a cold, rainy day on Lamb Field. Lightning delayed play for 20 minutes early in the 1st quarter before either team had scored. The remainder of the frantic, fast-paced game was played in sloppy conditions, resulting in many turnovers and failed clears. The loss knocks Wesleyan (10-2) out of a 3-way tie for 1st place in NESCAC with Bates and Middlebury. Williams (6-5 overall, 3-4 in NESCAC) gave their playoff hopes a huge boost.
Coming off the lightning delay, Williams took a quick 2-0 lead off Jamie Lee and Jeff Wilbur goals. Dixon Hargrove notched his 1st of 5 assists for the game on the Wilbur goal. Hargrove is 1st on the team in points and assists on the season with 35 and 23, respectively.

Wesleyan pulled the score even at 2 by the end of the quarter on tallies by Mike Walsh and Mike Hines.

Williams opened the 2nd quarter with a staggering 6-goal run. The Ephs outscored Wesleyan 7-2 in that period, resulting in a 9-4 halftime lead. Dixon Hargrove had 4 assists in the 2nd quarter alone. Mike Vrla and Kevin Connolly scored twice during the run on Wesleyan's zone defense.

Glenn Adams assisted both of Mike Vitulano's goals in the 2nd quarter. Adams would score once and assist on another goal in the 2nd half, which was dominated by the Cardinals, who outscored the Ephs 6-2 in the final 30 minutes of play.

"You have to give Wesleyan credit for coming back in this game," said Williams head coach George McCormack. "There are reasons why they are ranked sixth nationally -- they're good and well-coached."

Alex Kaufman's unassisted goal with 5:17 to play pulled Wesleyan within 1 goal, causing the Wesleyan bench to erupt. Chris Merwin completed his hat trick with just 1:21 remaining to extend the Williams advantage to 11-9. A desperate Cardinal squad managed to score one last goal with 29 seconds left, but were unable to tie it before the end of regulation.

Williams held advantages in ground balls, shots, and face-offs, which gave them a significant amount of possession time. Charlie Congleton was fabulous in goal for the Cardinals, making 22 saves while allowing 11 goals. Michael Gerbush improved his record to 2-0 as the starting goalie for Williams.

"I'm just really proud of our guys," said McCormack. "We've been through a lot this year and they could have packed it in a couple of times, but instead they got tougher together and now they believe in themselves."

Williams will look extend their recent winning streak when they travel to Middlebury on Wednesday afternoon.

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