Hartford, Conn. – The visiting Williams College Ephs scored the game’s final three goals to steal a 9-8 victory from the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity, playing its home opener, drops to 0-2 overall and in the NESCAC, while Williams improves to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Jack Lauroesch scored two of his five goals in a 1:49 span in the fourth quarter, after Trinity junior attackman Matt Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) had given the Bantams an 8-6 lead with his third goal of the game from sophomore attackman Seth Bird (Concord, Mass.) in the opening minute of the final stanza. Lauroesch brought Williams to within a goal at 8-7 with 11:33 left in the fourth on an unassisted tally and converted on a feed by Michael Fahey during a man-up opportunity with 9:44 on the clock to tie the game at 8-8. Conor Roddy netted the clincher with 8:02 left in the game, and Williams goalie Dan Whittam saved the lone Trinity shot of the final 14:19 of the game, taken by Bird, to preserve the win for the Ephs.
Trinity had opened the scoring on a goal by sophomore attackman Mike Lofrese (Stewart Manor, N.Y.) with 5:48 left in the first quarter, but Williams rattled off three in a row including two by Lauroesch in a 2:44 span before Bantam senior tri-captain midfielder Terence Olsen (Avon, Conn.) scored unassisted with 2:25 left on the clock to make the score, 3-2, at the end of the first. Trinity junior attackman Jeff Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the second quarter on a feed by Hauck, and the game remained tied at 3-3 for almost 13 minutes until Joe Kinney scored for Williams 4:42 into the third frame.
Hauck caught fire for Trinity late in the third quarter, as he assisted junior attackman Jack Castelli (Huntington, N.Y.) on a game-tying goal with 7:12 left and scored twice to put the Bantams ahead, 6-4, with 3:26 remaining in the third. Lauroesch and Bantam junior attackman Ben Preston (Darien, Conn.) traded tallies inside of the three-minute mark of the third, but Riley Hoffman netted the final goal of the third with 2:09 on the clock to bring Williams to within one entering the fourth.
Junior goalie Mickey Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) was stellar in the Bantam goal with 24 saves, while senior tri-captain defenseman William Naughton (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) totaled four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and first-year defenseman J.R. Mastro (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) added three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Whittam finished with six saves for the Ephs, while David Lee was 15-for-20 on face-offs with a game-high nine ground balls. Williams held a 54-20 shooting edge and had 33 ground balls to 21 for the Bantams.