WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-4 decision to Williams in a NESCAC quarterfinal matchup on Sunday afternoon at Farley-Lamb Field.
The teams exchanged goals in the first quarter, as John Hincks put Williams on the board at the 13:50 mark before junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) answered 42 seconds later. Hinks, however, gave the Ephs momentum when he scored in a man-up situation by finishing a pass from Jared Strauss just 10 seconds into the second quarter and Kevin Stump doubled the margin a few minutes later. The hosts would take a 4-2 lead into the recess.
Williams (9-7) continued to control the game in the third and saw Hincks complete a hat trick by roofing a shot over the shoulder of senior goalie Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) to make it 5-2 with 12:27 on the clock. Strauss then let the ball fly to give the Ephs a four-goal advantage with a little over 10 minutes remaining, and the hosts ended the third quarter on top by an 8-3 score.
The Camels closed the gap to four when freshman Gareth Gacetta (Fairfield, Conn.) found junior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) for his first marker of the gap, but Williams had another answer when Brendan Hoffman potted the ball into the net with 6:03 left to give the Ephs a five-goal lead again and put the game out of reach.
Senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), a USILA All-American, was impressive in his final appearance as a collegian by winning 13 of the 16 faceoffs and scooping up nine ground balls for Connecticut College. Kelleher scored twice and picked up five ground balls, while Rosenthall made 11 saves between the pipes.
Hincks racked up three goals and three assists to pace Williams, which outshot the Camels by a 40-29 margin. Nicholas Fils-Aime led all players with three caused turnovers defensively, and goalie George Peele turned away nine shots.
Connecticut College (10-6), which improved its conference and overall win totals this season, graduates eight seniors and is slated to return more than 30 letterwinners next year.