Three goals for Morse '19 in men's lacrosse setback on Tuesday

Chad Morse '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Chad Morse '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College scored six straight goals in the first half and the Ephs went on to post a 15-9 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Withiam Field on Tuesday night.

The Continentals (3-9, 1-7 NESCAC) had won eight of their previous 10 games against Williams. Hamilton has a big conference contest against Connecticut College coming up on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Hamilton has two more NESCAC games on the schedule and has some work left to do if the Continentals want to advance to the postseason.

The Ephs (6-5, 3-4) had lost five of their previous six games going into Tuesday's contest. Williams scored eight of the last nine goals in the first half. The Ephs won 18 of 27 faceoffs and held a 47-29 advantage in ground balls.

Chad Morse '19 tied a career high with three goals for Hamilton. Jack Gaul '18 chipped in two goals and Will Gabriel '19 added one goal and one assist. Gabriel's points were his first with the Continentals. Christian Donahoe '20 was credited with his first two assists at Hamilton. John Schisler '17, Trip Connors '17, Jack Warren '19 and Zach Kleinbaum '19 scooped up three ground balls each. Connor Crutchfield '17 caused two turnovers. Noah Weissmann '18 started in goal and made seven saves in the first half. Schisler relieved Weissmann after the break and stopped 12 shots in the final 30 minutes.

Michael Fahey led Williams with six goals and Thomas Fowler had two goals and three helpers. John Hincks, Duncan Cummings and Kevin Stump tallied two goals each. Angus O'Rourke won 15 of 22 faceoffs and picked up 11 ground balls. Noah McCoy contributed six ground balls and Rock Stewart had five to go along with his three caused turnovers. George Peele turned away 11 shots and Daniel Powell took over midway through the fourth quarter and finished with four saves in six-plus minutes.

Gaul broke the ice with 11:17 left in the first quarter when he scored his eighth goal this year on a feed from Clay McCollum '19. McCollum leads Hamilton with 27 points.

The Ephs scored the last five goals of the first quarter and the first one in the second quarter. Fowler recorded two goals and two assists during the run as Williams led 5-1 after one and 6-1 two minutes into the second. The Continentals didn't get closer than four goals the rest of the night, and the Ephs led by as many as 10 at 15-5 midway through the fourth quarter. Williams led 8-2 at the half.

Hamilton pulled within five goals 13 seconds into a two-man advantage with 9:05 remaining in the third quarter when Dan Cahill '17 scored his first this year on a pass from Gabriel. The Ephs took a 10-4 advantage into the last quarter and made it a 10-goal cushion with 8:28 remaining.