KEENE, N.H.--(Williams College Sports Information) Andy Grabowski scored three goals in the fourth quarter to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 7-6 victory against Connecticut College in a NESCAC game played at Keene State University Saturday.
The Ephs improved their record to 4-1 with a 2-1 mark in NESCAC play, while the Camels fell to 3-1 with a 1-1 record in the NESCAC.
The first quarter, tied at 1-1, was a sign of the close and competitive contest that was to follow.
The Camels took advantage of a man-up situation early in the second quarter, when Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) put the Camels on top 2-1 with 13:47 remaining.
The Ephs spent the following minutes attempting to retaliate. After a few turnovers, Tanner MacIvor continued his recent scoring streak with another goal. There was 9:41 remaining until the half.
With less than a minute left, the Camels regained their one goal advantage when Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) assisted Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.) and Connecticut College carried a 3-2 edge into the intermission.
Bertolini extended the Camels' advantage to 4-2 when he scored with 12:38 remaining in the third quarter.
The Ephs immediately took a series of shots, and with 10:34 remaining, Eric Kelley scored a vital unassisted goal.
The remainder of the third quarter involved heavy offensive play from both sides. Both Whittam and Bleistein tended their goals with intensity. Eventually Connecticut College increased their lead with goals off the sticks of John Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) and Hegarty to make it a 6-3 contest with 2:49 left in the quarter.
However, Bryson Gilbert-Bono helped to close the gap for his team, scoring with 1:57 remaining off an assist from Andy Grabowski before time expired in the third quarter.
Grabowski would score the final three goals for the Ephs, lifting Williams to the victory.
The Ephs outshot their opponents 49-21, and collected 30 ground balls to the Camels' 21. Bleistein collected 21 saves to Whittam's 8.
Grabowski was the high scorer of the contest with a hat trick, while Hegarty had two goals and an assist for the Camels. Woessner finished with a goal and an assist.