March 12, 2011

Colby Edges Williams in Overtime, 7-6

from press release

- In their season-opener, the Williams College Ephs (0-1) fell to Colby Mules (1-0) 6-5 in overtime. Tim Goggins '12 lead the Ephs with 3 goals in a closely fought match.

Colton Growney '13 scored for the Ephs with 47 seconds left in the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime. After trading several possessions, Colby prevailed as Ian Deveau tallied his third assist on the day, finding John Jennings on the crease for the game-winning goal.

Penalties were the story in the first half as Colby racked up seven flags. However, Williams proved unable to convert on any of their extra-man opportunities. The Colby keeper Peter Reiley stopped several good shots from the Ephs and got help from the cross bar on a Michael Acierno '12 shot.

Meanwhile, Colby took advantage of the first of two Williams penalties. After a slash by Greg White '12, the Eph man-down defense stood strong and forced two turnovers. However, Colby's Arya Mortazavi scooped up the second loose ball and took advantage of the disorganized Williams defense, finding a wide open Mike Squicciarino who slid the ball passed Eph goalie Evan Cohen '12. The first half ended with Colby holding a 2-0 lead over the Ephs.

After going scoreless, in the first half, the Eph offense came out firing in the second. Eph defenseman Alex Mendels '11 had a great outlet pass that triggered a series of quick throws ending with Tommy Murray '11 finding Tim Goggins '12 for the first Eph goal of the season.

Corey Jacobs '11 beat two-time All-American Craig Bunker on the faceoff at the start of the 4th quarter, allowing Steve Upton '14 to scoop up the ball and drive straight to the net. His goal tied the game at 2 and set off a scoring frenzy for both teams that resulted in 7 combined 4th quarter goals. Williams kept the momentum going as Goggins scored his second goal of the game and the third unanswered for the Ephs.

Colby responded with a goal from Jennings, but an Eph defensive takeaway and a nice clear by Tucker Dayton '14 ended with another Goggins score, putting the Ephs back on top. Greg McKillop and Scott Margolis rattled off two straight goals for the Mules to take a lead 5-4 as timed winded down in the fourth quarter.

A Colby penalty gave Williams an opportunity to tie the game. Coach George McCormack called a timeout with 47 seconds left to draw up a play. This time the Eph extra-man offense executed perfectly as Acierno found Growney for the tying score.

In the end, the Ephs were not able to capitalize on their solid effort. While disappointed with the loss, Coach McCormack was optimistic about the season, "We had our chances and I saw some good things today."

McCormack pointed to the play of three freshman defensive midfielders, Eric Kelley, Tucker Dayton, and Steve Upton as signs of good things to come.

Coach McCormack highlighted Jacobs' effort on face-offs and goalie Evan Cohen as he made his first start for the Ephs in the net. Cohen had 14 saves on 20 shots and allowed 6 goals in 63 minutes. His Colby counterpart Peter Reiley had 7 saves on 12 shots and allowed 5 goals in 63 minutes.

The Ephs faced a tough task travelling to Maine for the season-opener with three projected starters injured. The team looks to rebound against Bates College on March 19 for their home-opener. Game time is at 1:00 p.m.

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