WILLIAMSTOWN – Tufts University Jumbos (8-0/5-0 NESCAC) defeated the Williams College Ephs (4-4/3-2 NESCAC), 11-8, on Wednesday evening at Farley/Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College.
|Shanks led Tufts with three goals on Wednesday.|
Williams's Alex Kitt won the opening face-off which translated to Jared Strauss scoring the first goal of the game for the Ephs. At 10:57, Williams scored their second unanswered goal of the quarter from sophomore attackman Kevin Stump off of a dodge from below the goal. Less than one minute later, the Jumbos found their first goal of the game by Matt Treiber. This was soon contested with a goal from Eph Kevin Stump, finding his second goal of the game. At 3:07, Frank Hattler for the Jumbos netted a goal to bring the score within one point. Within the final minute of the quarter, Tufts took a 5-4 lead after three unanswered goals by Nick Shanks, Stewart Stockdale and Treiber.
The Jumbos carried their momentum into the second quarter, and at 13:02 Ben Connelly scored to give Tufts a two-score lead. Three minutes later, Stump let it rip from far out and scored hitting top right to bring back a one-goal game. After a fast break, Tufts scored a goal from junior Nick Katz to give the Jumbos a 7-5 lead. At 4:57 Calvin Collins' shot from over 20 yards out netted a goal to bring the game back to just a one score. The score at halftime was 7-6, Tufts.
The Jumbos came into the second half with poise and control, leading to a goal by Shanks to bring them back up by two. At 6:18, Brendan Hoffman scored off of a dodge from the midline of the field to bring Williams back within one. A slew of goals from each team - Andrew Seiter and Treiber for Tufts, and Cory Lund for Williams - countered one another to bring the score to 10-8 going into the final quarter of the game.
Tufts took control of the quarter early on with Garrett Samuelson netting a goal to give the Jumbos a three-score lead. Great defense was displayed by both teams for the majority of the quarter with both defenses shutting one another's offense down.
George Peele made 15 saves for the Ephs as Mason Pollack made 11 for the Jumbos.
Tufts will play at home against Wesleyan University Saturday at 1 p.m. The Ephs return to action this coming Saturday for another NESCAC matchup against Amherst College at 1 p.m.
Recap courtesy of Williams College Athletics