March 27, 2012
Ephs Conquer Generals 8-4 in First Win of Season
LEXINGTON, VA–– An early 4-0 lead helped Williams (1-4) claim their first win of the season, defeating Washington & Lee (5-6) 8-4. The Eph offense was led by senior Sam Hargrove (Wallingford, PA) and sophomore Evan Dedominicis (Greenville, DE).
The Generals won 56% of the face-offs, but Williams outshot Washington & Lee 41-34, and picked up 42 ground balls to W&L's 27. Williams' freshman goalie Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, NY) recorded nine saves and Washington & Lee's Warren Barrenis (Ocoee, FL) made fourteen.
Williams quickly recovered after losing the opening face-off, with Hargrove, assisted by fellow senior Michael Acierno, scoring just 40 seconds into the game. The Ephs kept up the pressure, with Dedominicis scoring eight minutes later off of a pass from Tucker Dayton (San Francisco, CA). Freshman Andy Grabowski (Philadelphia, PA) notched his third career goal a few minutes later to bring the score to 3-0. Colton Growney (Berwyn, PA) finished the quarter on a high-note, scoring the Ephs' fourth goal with 43 seconds remaining.
David Lee (Hillsborough, CA) carried Williams' momentum into the second quarter, beating Washington & Lee's Jared Mitchell (Garden City, NY) on the face-off. A slashing penalty by General Joe LaSala (Wilton, CT) gave the Ephs a brief man-up advantage, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. The Generals got on the board when Mac Means (Sewickley, PA0 scored an unassisted goal at 12:02. Williams responded quickly, with Hargrove and Steven Kiesel (Excelsior, NM) scoring two more goals before the quarter was up.
The Generals tried to turn the tide in the third quarter, scoring two man-up goals to Williams' lone goal. The score stayed locked at 7-3, with both teams unable to find the net until Dedominicis scored with 19 seconds remaining. Washington & Lee's Means had the final say, though, scoring the Generals' fourth goal with nine seconds left to play.
The Ephs next to travel to Maine where they will face NESCAC foe Bates on March 31st and Bowdoin on April 1st.