Western New England Falls to Williams in Non-Conference Action, 11-8

Junior Jared Ward recorded three goals and an assist in Western New England's 11-8 loss to Williams on Tuesday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Junior Jared Ward recorded three goals and an assist in Western New England's 11-8 loss to Williams on Tuesday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

Ephs outscore Golden Bears 4-1 over final 11 minutes of regulation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 17, 2018) –
Williams College outscored Western New England University 4-1 in the final 11 minutes of regulation to earn an 11-8 win over the Golden Bears on Tuesday evening in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Golden Bear Stadium.   

Top Performers
• Junior Jared Ward (Littleton, Mass.) led Western New England with three goals and one assist, while sophomore Brendan Lyons (Syosset, N.Y.) scored twice and senior Nicholas Beauchamp (Wilbraham, Mass.) finished with a goal and three assists.
• Senior goalie Steven Kerr (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded 14 saves on 25 shots.

• Sophomore Brendan Hoffman (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Jared Strauss (Woodmere, N.Y.) paced the Ephs with four goals each, while sophomore Kevin Stump (Allentown, Pa.) found the back of the cage twice.
• Freshman Alex Kitt (Potomac, Md.) won 11-of-16 faceoffs and collected a game-high eight ground balls.

Game Review
The Golden Bears, who trailed 6-4 at halftime, saw Williams match its largest lead when Strauss buried an unassisted goal to make it 7-4 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.

Senior Mikey Wood (Southborough, Mass.) answered for Western New England with 2:22 on the clock, however, and Beauchamp set up Ward a minute later as the Golden Bears closed the gap to one (7-6) heading into the fourth quarter.

Lyons equalized for Western New England on a feed from Beauchamp 3:08 into the final frame, but Stump put Williams back in front just 50 seconds later. Hoffman gave the Ephs a two-score cushion with 10:16 to play, before Lyons scored again with 6:52 on the clock to make it a one-goal game (9-8).

The Williams defense kept the Golden Bears off the board the rest of the way, however, and Hoffman tallied a pair of late insurance goals to seal the win for the Ephs.

Williams got off to a strong start, as the visitors blanked Western New England in the opening quarter and led 3-0 after 15 minutes with the help of two goals by Strauss and one from Hoffman.

The Golden Bears began to click offensively in the second period, as they scored four goals with two from Ward to cut their deficit to two (6-4) at the break.

Notes
• Williams outshot Western New England 36-23 and held a 34-30 edge in ground balls.
• Ward's 41 points this season rank third on the team.
• Freshman defender Kevin Faustich (Seymour, Conn.) finished with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Up Next
Both teams resume conference play on Saturday, as Western New England (9-6) travels to Salve Regina and Williams (7-6) heads to Maine to take on Bowdoin.