Two goals from Hill ’19 and Hunt ’20 in men’s lacrosse NESCAC loss

James Sanderson '21 (Josh McKee photo)
James Sanderson '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College allowed just one goal in the second half and the nationally ranked No. 9 Ephs went on to post a 12-6 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals on a blustery Tuesday night at Hamilton's Withiam Field.

Henry Hill '19 and Henry Hunt '20 scored two goals apiece for Hamilton (3-7, 1-7 NESCAC). Chris Conley '20 scored one goal and dished out two assists, and Clay McCollum '19 scored his 80th career goal. James Sanderson '21 scooped up five ground balls and caused three turnovers, John Ennis '19 recorded four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Brock Bowers '20 tallied three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Max Scheidl '21 finished with 14 saves.

Williams' Kevin Stump totaled a game-high five points on four goals and one assist. Cory Lund and Jared Strauss scored three goals each and Lund added an assist. Michael Greenberg gobbled up seven ground balls and Rock Stewart had six with three caused turnovers. Cameron Brown caused four turnovers and recorded three ground balls. Alex Kitt won 11 of 14 faceoffs and Angus O'Rourke won 6 of 8.

Stump gave the Ephs (9-2, 5-2) a 1-0 lead with a man-up goal at 13:05 in the first quarter before Hunt tied the score. Conley maneuvered towards the middle of the attack area and found Hunt outside the crease. Hunt spun towards the net, deked out Harry Gahagan (seven saves) and snuck the ball into the upper-right corner as he was hit to the ground. Hunt leads the Continentals in goals (30) and points (38) and is ranked seventh and 12th, respectively, in the NESCAC in those categories.

Williams built a 3-1 lead with goals at 11:17 and 9:05, but Conley responded with an unassisted goal at 4:27 and pulled Hamilton within 3-2. Gahagan denied Conley's first shot attempt but Conley scooped up his own ground ball and buried the rebound into the nylon.

The Continentals tied the score twice in the second quarter at 3-3 and 4-4. Just 40 seconds into the quarter, Hunt ripped a man-up goal from the right side off a feed from Zach Larsen '19. It was Hill's turn to tie the score with 11:01 on the clock. Hill received a pass at the top of the attack area, beat his defender down the right side, and sniped a shot into the upper-right corner of the goal. Hill scored his second of the night with 1:05 left in the second and cut Hamilton's halftime deficit to one goal at 6-5.

The Ephs built an 11-5 cushion with five answered goals that spanned the third and fourth quarters. McCollum scored Hamilton's final goal at the 4:52 mark in the fourth. Conley worked the ball around the back of the net and found McCollum on the left side. McCollum spun around and flipped the ball inside the back post.

The Continentals take on NESCAC foe Connecticut College in their final home contest this season on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. on Steuben Field.