Wood ’20 scores twice in NESCAC overtime loss at Williams

Aidan Wood '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Aidan Wood '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College's Nick Boardman scored with 2:47 left in the first sudden-victory overtime period and lifted the Ephs to a 3-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Williams' Cole Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Hamilton (6-6-2, 3-4-2 NESCAC) grabbed the early lead before Williams scored two unanswered goals, but the Continentals tied the score with 2:30 left in regulation to force extra time. The Ephs won the game following a corner kick on a pass from Jamie Holland to Boardman who knocked the ball into the back of the net.

Aidan Wood '20 scored both goals for the Continentals, who had not lost a game since Sept. 24. Thomas Benson '22 made six saves and is second in the NESCAC with 52 stops this season. Williams' Michael Davis tallied just one save in the second half as the Ephs finished with a 17-11 shot advantage.

The Continentals needed less than three minutes to jump on the scoreboard. Luke Eckels '20 stole the ball away at the top of Hamilton's penalty box and quickly passed ahead to Roth Wetzel '22. Wetzel turned and floated a pass over the defensive line standing at midfield and Wood outpaced two Ephs for a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner at 2:54.

Williams (6-3-4, 4-2-2) tied the score off a free kick in front of Hamilton's bench area at 11:32. Jules Oberg used the strong winds to float the ball towards the back post where Liam Bardong headed a shot that met Benson's hands but Demian Gass was there to put away the rebound.

The teams were deadlocked at 1-1 for more than 46 minutes before the Ephs took a one-goal lead. Oberg took a free kick from 40 yards out and Benson tried to clear it out of harms way, but Bardong leaped in front of him and headed the ball into the left corner of the goal.

Wood tallied his eighth goal of the season and 18th of his career in the 88th minute. Wood took the corner kick from the right side as a gust of wind curled the ball inside the back post and tied the score. Wood is second on the NESCAC leaderboard in both goals and points (19).

Hamilton wraps up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 26 when the Continentals travel to nationally ranked No. 15/19 Connecticut College for a NESCAC match at 2 p.m.