Castleton, Vt. - The Spartans struggled to gain any momentum in their second home game of the season, and fell to Williams College 16-3 on Tuesday night at Spartan Stadium. Peter Latulippe was peppered with shots all night, making 21 saves in an outstanding effort, but it wasn't enough to stifle the Ephs.
The Spartans received goals from Zach Davidson, Taylor Swarter, and Louis Alhage, while Will Stuhler dished out a pair of assists, but that was all the offense the home team could muster against a stingy Williams defense that shut the Spartans out in the second half. Michael Fahey, Tanner MacIvor, and Jack Lauroesch each finished with a hat trick for the Ephs on the evening.
The Ephs jumped on the Spartans from the opening whistle, scoring on their first trip to the Castleton zone. Jack Lauroesch began a 4-0 run to open the game with a goal at the 2:45 mark. Tanner MacIvor followed suit, sandwiching a David Lee goal with a pair of scores to put the Ephs ahead 4-0 with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter.
The Castleton offense began to show signs of life in the final five minutes of the frame. With 4:42 left in the period, Will Stuhler found Taylor Swarter on a cross-net pass that Swarter quick-sticked into the back of the net, putting the Spartans on the board.
Williams responded with three goals to end the period. Lauroesch, Fahey, and MacIvor each tallied goals before the period closed to give the Ephs a 7-1 advantage at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Ephs continued to dominate play. Lauroesch scored his third goal of the game just nine second into the frame. Stephen Upton and Conor Roddy each added tallies to extend the Williams lead to 10-1. In the final four minutes of the half, Castleton seemed to start clicking. The team won a pair of faceoffs and possessed the ball in the Ephs' zone. Zach Davidson cashed in on his third goal of the season with 3:57 left in the frame. Alhage added the first goal of his college career with just two seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 10-3 at halftime.
After the break, the game belonged to the Ephs. The visiting squad scored six unanswered goals, shutting down the Castleton offense for the final 30 minutes of play. After the full 60 minutes, Williams walked away with a 16-3 win.
Castleton was outshot 56-20 on the evening, with the Ephs owning the shots on goal advantage as well (37-11). Harry Moser did his part in the faceoff circle for the Spartans, providing a change of pace off the bench and going 7-for-10 on the faceoff. Zach Devoid led the team with four ground balls on the night, and four Spartans shared a team-high two caused turnovers. Alex Denny, Owen Hartman, Alex Noonan, and Dillon Robinson each caused a pair of turnovers on the defensive end.
Williams improves to 3-1 on the year, earning their third straight win. They will face Connecticut College on Saturday, March 15. Castleton falls to 1-2 on the season and will take on Plymouth St. on Saturday, March 15 in the final game of their three-game homestand.