Williams Scores Game's Final Four to Down Skidmore

Skidmore was knocked off by Williams, 9-5, Wednesday night at Wachenheim Field.

Kevin Mulvey recorded his third consecutive multi-point game for the Thoroughbreds (0-3) with two goals and an assist. Seth Berger added a multi-point night with a goal and an assist and Henry Thomsett and Quinn Hawkins each tallied. In goal, Matt Diaco made 11 saves.

The teams traded goals in a back-and-forth first half. Thomsett put Skidmore ahead just over four minutes into the contest. Joe Kinney made it 1-1 with 5:51 remaining in the first quarter with his first goal of the contest and Thomas Fowler put Williams in front two minutes later with his second goal of the season.

The Thoroughbreds regained momentum with 32 seconds left in first quarter on a goal from Hawkins and Mulvey restored Skidmore's lead with 10:46 left in the first half, converting on a shot from close range. After Kinney brought the Eefs level at 3-3 with his second of the game, Mulvey put the Thoroughbreds ahead, ripping a long-range shot from the left wing. Berger added his third goal of the season on a feed from Mulvey, giving Skidmore a 5-3 advantage at the break.

Williams erased its deficit in the third quarter, taking advatange of an extra man with a goal from Bryson Gilbert-Bono, and knotting the game at 5-5 on a well-placed shot from Steven Kiesel.

The Eefs created separation in the fourth quarter, opening up a two-goal lead with a pair of tallies from Conor Roddy. Anthony Evans made it 8-5 with 4:25 to play, and Fowler helped seal the win, potting his second goal of the game with 1:31 remaining.

Williams outshot Skidmore 37-14 and owned a 32-25 advantage in groundballs.

"Really happy with the way that we started the game. I thought we played a very strong first half where the guys executed at a really high level and played with great tempo," said Skidmore head coach Patrick Hart. "In the second half our defense really stood up to the challenge of a potent Williams offense and never stopped competing, despite having to play the majority of the half on our end.

"We are going to continue to work on developing our offensive executive and skill and get ready for a really good Bates team next Tuesday."

The Thoroughbreds take on Bates College at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 11 at Brown University.

2014-03-05



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