MEDFORD, Mass. – Senior forward Gaston Becherano posted his team-leading sixth game-winner of the season during the eighth minute in a 1-0 victory over visiting Williams Saturday afternoon at Bello Field in Medford, Massachusetts.
|Scott Greenwood posted his program-leading 34th career shutout.|
The Jumbos (9-3-2, 6-1-2 in NESCAC) honored their seven-person senior class prior to game, which included Becherano, captain Zach Halliday, back Daniel Sullivan, midfielder Kevin Lawson, forward Nathan Majumder, goalkeeper Scott Greenwood and Malcolm Steele. All seven individuals were integral parts to the Jumbos winning the NCAA Division III national championship in 2014.
The Jumbos extended their undefeated streak to seven games, as the squad has been undefeated in 10 of 11 games, dating back to Sept. 17. The squad has also won four consecutive NESCAC contests.
The Jumbos cannot finish any lower than the No. 2 seed for the NESCAC Tournament, which begins on Saturday, Oct. 29. The squad currently has 20 points in the conference standings, which is two points behind first-place Amherst.
Becherano now has a team-high 11 goals on the season, while also leading the team in points with 23. The Hollywood, Florida, native ranks No. 2 in the conference in goals and points.
The Ephs (8-3-3, 5-3-1 in NESCAC) tried to score the first goal during the fourth minute, when sophomore defender Gregory Andreou fired a shot, but the attempt was turned aside by Greenwood. Lawson then placed a perfect pass in the eighth minute to Becherano, who then fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
The Ephs continued to apply pressure, as junior midfielder/forward Malcolm Singleton recorded a shot on goal during the 10th minute, but Greenwood was up to challenge. The Ephs fired three shots in the 11th minute, but all of them were blocked by the Jumbos' defense.
Freshman midfielder/forward Gavin Tasker posted a shot on goal in the 15th minute, but his effort was denied by senior goalkeeper Christian Alcorn. Junior midfielder Dexter Eichhorst tried to give the hosts a two-goal cushion going into intermission, but his shot was saved by Alcorn with two minutes remaining in the first half.
Becherano tried to net his second goal in the 49th minute, but his header shot was denied by Alcorn. Freshman midfielder Zach Lane posted a shot on goal in the 63rd minute and the 79th minute, but Alcorn stood tall on both attempts.
The Ephs sent a wave of pressure in the final minute, as senior forward Mohammed Rashid posted a header shot deep inside the 18-yard box. Greenwood was able to save the shot, but the Ephs were awarded a corner kick with seconds remaining. Rashid attempted the corner kick, but the Jumbos' stout defense came through again.
Greenwood (8-2-1) posted three saves in the game en route to earning his seventh shutout of the season. The Weymouth, Massachusetts, native has a program-leading 34 career shutouts. He also leads the conference in save percentage (.905), goals against (4) and goals-against average (0.36). Alcorn (8-3-3) posted six saves in the contest for the Ephs.
The Jumbos outshot the Ephs, 16-10, including holding an 8-3 advantage in shots during the second half. Each squad attempted three corner kicks, and each team was whistled for 11 infractions. The Jumbos claimed a 7-3 advantage in the shots-on-goal category. Rashid led the Ephs with five shots, while junior midfielder Kevin Halliday, Becherano and Lawson posted three shots, respectively, for the Jumbos.
The Jumbos will compete in their 2016 regular-season finale Tuesday at Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, at 2:30 p.m. The squad will then host a first-round NESCAC Tournament game Saturday, with the time and opponent to be determined.