WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams lacrosse provided second-year head coach George McCormack with the biggest victory of his tenure, a 13-10 victory over the third-ranked Tufts Jumbos in NESCAC action on Saturday.
The Ephs jumped out to a 9-5 lead by the end of the first half and the Jumbos would never cut the deficit below two goals. Williams improves to 5-3 on the season, while Tufts drops to 5-2. Both squads are 2-2 NESCAC.
Tim Pingree started off the scoring for Williams with an unassisted goal three minutes into the game. Tri-captain Geoff McNally gave the Ephs an early 3-2 lead off an assist from Chris Merwin, who finished with a goal of his own and three assists. Matt Paster put his slump firmly behind him with three spectacular goals. Peter Vecchio provided an emotional lift to the team when he scored two straight goals off of face-off wins.
The Jumbos put up 10 goals while All-American Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY) sat injured on the sidelines. Junor Mike O'Brien (Concord, MA) scored three goals, while tri-captain Devin Clarke (Ridgewood, NJ) tallied twice.
Six penalties were called against Tufts, while the Ephs only served a total of one minute in the penalty box. Andy Starr (Weston, MA) had 23 saves for the Jumbos, including 15 in the first half. Facing fewer shots, Rob Hawkins of Williams also played very well making 13 stops.
The Jumbos must now regroup and prepare for a conference showdown against Middlebury College on Wednesday night in Medford.
Williams vs. Tufts
|Chris Merwin||(1, 3)|
|Matt Paster||(3, 0)|
|Eric Gottenborg||(2, 0)|
|Dixon Hargrove||(0, 2)|
|Michael Vrla||(1, 1)|
|Peter Vecchio||(2, 0)|
|Corey Whitbeck||(1, 0)|
|Tim Pingree||(1, 0)|
|Geoffrey Mcnally||(1, 0)|
|James Lee||(1, 0)|