NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior midfielder Bryson Gilbert-Bono (Wellesley, Mass.) scored the game's tying goal with 53 seconds remaining in regulation and supplied the game-winner with 27 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the 14th ranked Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.
The Ephs improved their record to 5-0 while moving to 3-0 in NESCAC play. The Camels are 0-5 with a 0-2 mark in conference action.
Senior Steven Keisel (Excelsior, Minn.) had four goals and one assist in the victory for the Ephs. Gilbert-Bono had two assists to go with his two goals. Junior midfielder Tanner Macivor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) had a goal and two assists for Williams. Senior net-minder Dan Whittam (Allendale, N.J.) earned the victory in the cage, finishing with 14 saves for the visitors.
Riley Hoffman (Darien, Conn.) had five ground balls and one caused turnover for the Ephs.
Connecticut College senior midfielder Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) erupted with four goals and one assist while adding three ground balls for the Camels. He has moved into 17th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 71 goals scored. Freshman Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) had two goals and one assist for the Camel. Sophomore Ross Thompson (Carmel, N.Y.) scored twice for the hosts and leads Connecticut College with 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in the early season. Davis Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) chipped in with a goal.
Rookie face-off midfielder Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 72% of his battles at the X in a dominant performance (18-for-25) for the Camels, collecting a game-high nine ground balls for the hosts. Sophomore Jake Bank (Scarsdale, N.Y.) corralled five ground balls to go with one caused turnover.
Junior Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made seven saves in 58:06 of action, surrendering eight goals in the cage. Connor Poetzinger (Boca Raton, Fla.) allowed two goals in 9:27 of action, finishing with one save in relief duty in the second and third quarter.
Connecticut College enjoyed a 44-to-28 advantage in shots and enjoyed a 29-to-20 edge in ground balls.
The Camels and Ephs played to a 2-2 tie after one. The hosts took a 4-3 lead when Barton uncorked his second goal of the half from the top of the box with 8:05 remaining in the second quarter. But Williams answered back with 5:59 remaining, when Keisel scored his third goal of the half with an assist coming from Gilbert-Bono to even things up at four.
However, with 4:06 remaining the Camels regained their lead. Mscisz was able to catch Whittam's attention at the near post on his stick side and then made a nifty looking pass through the crease to Thompson who flicked one in at the far post to put the Camels on top 5-4.
Williams out-scored the Camels 3-2 in the third quarter, pulling even with the Camels at seven when Jack Lauroesch (Corning, N.Y.) scored with 1:47 remaining.
At the start of the fourth quarter, sophomore Max Friend (Larkspur, Calif.) won a face-off for the Ephs and Fowler pushed the ball ahead to Hoffman for a goal in an unsettled situation that put the visitors on top 8-7.
But the Camels responded just 1:01 later. Barton threaded the needle to Kraft who one-timed one past Whittam from the middle of the box with 13:44 remaining. Then, with 4:01 to play, Barton unloaded with a rocket of a shot from the top of the box and the Camels had regained the lead at 9-8
But Williams was able to force the overtime when Gilbert-Bono supplied the equalizer with 53 seconds left.
Bleistein made a terrific save with 2:36 remaining in the first overtime to extend the game.
But Ryan Hamilton (Ridgewood, N.J.) made a big play to cause a turnover for Williams in the second overtime and Gilbert-Bono netted the game-winner with 27 seconds left.