Connecticut College 0, #4 William College 0 2OT Tie
Marini Stops Nine Shots for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.-Casey Marini (Hampden, Mass.) made three of his nine saves in the first overtime as Connecticut College (2-0-1, 1-0-1) collected a valuable NESCAC point against Williams College (2-0-1, 1-0-1), the fourth ranked team in the NSCAA HendrickCars.com National Poll, in a scoreless draw played in front of 600 fans on Tempel Green Saturday.
First year keeper Peter Morrell (Brunswick, Maine) went the distance for Williams but did not have to make any stops in the contest.
Marini denied Charles Romero (Mansfield, Mass.) on his bid with 2:35 remaining in the first overtime session. Trevor Prophet (Nashua, N.H.) made a game-saving block of an Alex Johnson (Niskayuna, N.Y.) shot with 2:35 remaining in the second overtime. Matt Ratajczak (Brooklyn, N.Y.) served the ball into the middle of the box and Romero snapped off one of his game-high five shots with a low header but Marini was able to make the stop.
The Camels best opportunity to score occurred in the 70th minute of action. Mike Crosby (Sudbury, Mass.) delivered a cross that went from left to right. Prophet controlled it near the 18 and fired a low shot that went just wide of the left goal post.
Prophet reflected on the outcome and his team´s early season success. "Last year we really thought we were close in the playoff game up in Williamstown," Prophet said. "Spending a whole season with Murph (Head Coach Kenny Murphy) and improving as a unit, we really felt we could beat this team. But we´ll take this point and move on."
Prophet has been pleased with the poise and preparation of Marini in goal, who seems to be getting more comfortable after each start. "Casey trains hard and practices hard for us," Prophet said. "He´s the most responsible guy on this team and he is going to be a great player in this league."
Williams will host Babson College tomorrow afternoon for a 1:30 p.m. game in Williamstown, Mass. The Camels will host the Coast Guard this Wednesday afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. game on Tempel Green.
September 18, 2010