Second-Half Rally Falls Short for Men's Lacrosse in 9-7 Setback at Williams

Second-Half Rally Falls Short for Men's Lacrosse in 9-7 Setback at Williams

Williamstown, Mass. – A second-half rally fell short for the Trinity College men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon in a 9-7 loss to Williams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at Farley-Lamb Field. The Bantams outscored the hosts, 5-4, in the final 30 minutes but moved to 1-2 on the year and 0-2 in league play with the setback, while the Ephs won their third in a row to improve 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference tilts.

Trailing 5-2 to start the third quarter, Trinity junior Ryan DeSimone (Saint James, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the game to pull the visitors within two. After a Williams goal made it 6-3, Bantam senior James O'Connell (Middleton, Mass.) netted back-to-back markers to make a one-goal game with just under three and a half minutes left in the stanza. The Ephs responded with a two-goal spurt to take an 8-5 advantage into the final period.

Just over three minutes into the fourth quarter, Trinity senior co-captain Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) pulled the Bantams within two at 8-6 with his second tally of the game. Five minutes later, the Ephs netted an insurance goal as Andy Grabowski fired a shot that beat Trinity senior netminder Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.). The tally was the third of the game for Grabowski and capped the scoring for the hosts.

Junior Michael Lofrese (Stewart Manor, N.Y.) brought the Bantams within two with 2:42 left in the game with his first goal of the season. Down the stretch, Trinity fired a pair of shots one of which was blocked and the other was turned aside by Williams goaltender Dan Whittam as the Ephs escaped victorious.

Hauck led the offensive charge for the Bantams with two goals and two assists to give him a team-leading 11 points (8g-3a) on the year. O'Connell looked sharp in his first action of the spring recording a multi-goal game for Trinity, while DeSimone potted two tallies for the second straight contest. In his first season with the team, DeSimone has recorded at least two points in all three Bantam games thus far.

Grabowski paced the Williams attack with three goals, while Tanner MacIvor and Jack Laroesch each netted two tallies apiece.

Between the pipes, Cahill made a career-high 15 saves in a losing effort for Trinity. On the opposite end, Whittam stopped 13 shots to earn his third straight win for the Ephs.

The Bantams held a 44-36 advantage in shots and won 10-of-18 face-offs as first-year JP Masaryk (Stratford, Conn.) continued his strong play. Trinity went 22-of-26 on clears and grabbed 30 groundballs to 36 for the Ephs.

Trinity returns to action on Wednesday, Mar. 11, with a home contest versus regional rival Western New England at 4:00 p.m.