LEXINGTON, Va. – Wittenberg University scored the final four goals of the game to produce a 7-6 victory over Washington and Lee in men's lacrosse on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals (1-1) broke open a 3-3 game late in the second quarter when W&L went on a three-goal run to take a 6-3 lead with 11:43 left in the third quarter. Sophomore midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) started the Generals' rally on an unassisted goal with 35 seconds left before the intermission and junior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) scored back-to-back goals 59 seconds apart for the 6-3 advantage.
However, it would be all Wittenberg (1-0) from that point on as the Tigers scored three of their final four goals man-up.
First-year attackman Jack Bornhofen (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh) got it started with a man-up goal off a feed from senior attackman Matt Lord (Pickerington, Ohio/North) with 8:50 left in the third period and sophomore attackman Tyler Hall (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) scored man-up from Lord with 1:45 left in the penultimate quarter. Lord scored off an assist by senior attackman Brady Christensen (Medina, Ohio/Medina) with 12:34 left and Hall tallied the game-winner man-up from Lord with 11:52 left in the game. Senior goalkeeper Mark DeOliveira (East Hanover, N.J./East Hanover) made several keys saves down the stretch to preserve the win for the Tigers, finishing with 12 stops on the day.
The Generals held a 37-27 advantage in shots and a 38-27 edge in ground balls. W&L also won 11-of-15 faceoffs, but went 0-of-5 in extra-man situations as compared to 4-of-6 for the Tigers.
Meehan led W&L's offense with two goals and one assist, while sophomore attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley) scored a pair of goals. Senior attackman Spence Daw (Phoenix, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) and Brown tallied one goal and one assist each. Senior Ned Lundvall (Richmond, Va./Gilman) played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded 10 saves.
Lord had one goal and three assists, while Christensen also had three helpers for Wittenberg. Hall scored a team-high two goals and DeOliveira played the duration in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Salisbury for a 3:30 pm matchup with the second-ranked Seagulls.
-- GENERALS --
Scott Meehan 2; Mac Means 2; Spence Daw 1; Cooper Brown 1.
Tyler Hall 2; Matt Lord 1; Mitch Cohagan 1; Michael Cocking 1; Jack Bornhofen 1; Danny Johnson 1.
Brady Christensen 3; Matt Lord 3.
Ned Lundvall (W&L) – 60:00, 10 Saves, 7 GA
Mark DeOliveira (WU) – 60:00, 12 Saves, 6 GA