Trinity Men's Lacrosse Comes Up Short In Wild Season Opener At Williams

Max DeLamater '19 had a goal and two ground balls
Max DeLamater '19 had a goal and two ground balls

Williamstown, Mass. – The visiting Trinity College Bantams dropped a 15-12 decision against the Williams College Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season opener for both teams this afternoon. The Ephs broke a 12-all tie in the fourth quarter with three unanswered goals and extended their winning streak over the Bantams to five with the victory.

Trinity took a 2-0 lead in the game's opening five minutes on unassisted goals by junior midfielder John Caraviello (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore attackman Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.), but Williams answered and the score was tied, 2-2, after one quarter.  Caraviello scored twice more early in the second quarter, sandwiched around a Max Herman (San Francisco, Calif.) goal, and rookie Matt Gardiner (Potomac, Md.) added his first career tally at the 6:37 mark to give the Bantams a 6-3 lead.  Williams closed the half with consecutive goals by Max Stukalin and Thomas Fowler to close the gap to 6-5 at intermission.

Stukalin tied it 6-6 off the first faceoff of the second half and the teams traded goals before Williams took its first lead on a score from freshman John Hincks.  The Ephs tallied two more goals in the quarter and Trinity then answered with three in a row. Knauss scored the third of the run with just 31 seconds remaining in the quarter on a feed from senior middie Stefan Pappas (Millstone, N.J.)to make it 10-all heading into the final quarter.  Williams took a 12-10 lead early in the fourth quarter on goals by Fowler and James McFarland, but Trinity responded with two goals from junior attackman Jack Sharrio (Marblehead, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Ben MacShane (Concord, Mass.) and the game was tied for the fourth time.

Williams broke the tie with a tally by Michael Fahey on a feed from Stukalin. Eph goalie George Peele then recorded an assist by sending a long pass to the midfield to a streaking Riley Hoffman who fired in a low shot  to boost the Eph lead to 14-12 with 5:37 left in the game.  Fahey tallied the final goal of the game unassisted to account for the 15-12 final score.  The Bantams were led by Caraviello with four goals, and MacShane posted two goals and one assist. Fowler and Stukalin with Fowler netted four goals apiece, and  Fahey notched two goals and a game-high four assists.  Peele had eight saves and Trinity junior goalie David Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) stopped 14 shots in his first career start.