Williamstown, Mass. - Junior midfielder Brendan Hoffman had four goals and two assists to lead the Williams College Ephs to an 18-12 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Farley-Lamb Field. Trinity drops to 1-1 overall with the loss in its NESCAC opener, while the Ephs improve to 1-1 overall and in the league. Trinity hosts Wooster in its next game on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. The Ephs entertain Union on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m.
Williams opened the game with a 7-1 run through the first 30 minutes of the second quarter, including a pair of goals by John Hinks, and led, 13-5, at the break. Senior attackman Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) had a goal and an assist for Trinity in the first half. Knaus scored again with 8:22 left in the third quarter, and fed rookie Connor McCullough (Alexandria, Va.) for another goal with 5:59 on the clock to end the third frame with the score, 15-8, in Williams' favor. Trinity outscored Williams, 4-3, in the fourth frame, as McCullough led the way with two more goals but the Bantams got no closer than a seven-goal deficit.
The Bantams used two goalies, as senior Greg Barletta (Canton, Mass.) made 11 saves and junior Brady Burke (Duxbury, Mass.) made one. Harry Gahagan finished with 12 saves for the Ephs. Senior Scott Morgan (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) won 21 of 31 faceoffs and scored twice for Trinity. The Bantams outshot the Ephs, 50-41, and finished with a 35-to-29 edge on groud balls, but went 1-for-7 on man-up situations and turned the ball over 16 times. Hincks, Cory Lund, and, Kevin Stump each had three goals for Williams.