SALISBURY, Md. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team held second-ranked Salisbury to its lowest regular-season scoring output since 2008, but fell to the Seagulls by a score of 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Seagull Stadium.
Salisbury (3-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 10:10 mark of the first quarter on a goal by junior attackman Tony Mendes off an assist from junior attackman Erik Krum, but the Generals defense stiffened behind the play of senior goalkeeper Ned Lundvall (Richmond, Va./Gilman), who posted four saves in the opening period.
W&L (1-2) evened the score at 1-1 at the 11:21 mark of the second quarter when sophomore attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) found the net unassisted. Junior attackman Matt Cannone gave SU the lead back with an unassisted tally 1:39 later, but the Generals again evened the count (2-2) when sophomore attackman Will Garrett (Purcellville, Va./Highland School) scored off a feed from sophomore attackman Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor).
Cannone scored again at 5:26, but W&L had the answer once again as senior attackman Spence Daw (Phoenix, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) beat senior goalkeeper Johnny Rodriguez off an assist from sophomore midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) to tie the game at 3-3 with 5:11 left before the intermission. An unassisted goal by junior midfielder Sam Bradman with four minutes left in the half gave the Seagulls a 4-3 lead at the break.
Bradman's goal was part of a four-goal run for Salisbury, who scored three-straight goals in the third quarter to push out to a 7-3 lead with 4:43 left in the quarter. Switala scored man-up with 11:34 left in the game to slice it to a three-goal game (7-4), but the Generals could get no closer as the Seagulls forced four unsuccessful clears and nine turnovers in the final quarter en route to the win.
For the game, Washington and Lee had 32 turnovers and was just 20-of-33 on clear attempts. Salisbury also held a 13-2 advantage on face-offs and a 34-24 edge on ground balls.
Switala led W&L with one goal and one assist, while Means, Daw and Garrett all found the goal once. Lundvall played the initial 45 minutes in goal and posted 10 saves and seven goals allowed. Senior Jason Lumpkin (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) played the final 15 minutes and had one save with no goals allowed.
Canonne led Salisbury with three goals, while Bradman and Krum had one goal and one assist each. Senior midfielder Shawn Zordani chipped in a pair of assists, while Rodriguez stopped four shots in 60 minutes played in goal.
The Generals will return to action on Saturday as they travel to 15th-ranked Denison for a 1:00 pm contest.
-- GENERALS --
Cooper Brown 1; Scott Meehan 1; Jack Switala 1.
Matt Cannone 3; Sam Bradman 1; Erik Krum 1; Tony Mendes 1; Perry Craz 1.
Shawn Zordani 2; Sam Bradman 1; Erik Krum 1; Jeff McGuire 1.
Ned Lundvall (W&L) – 45:00, 10 Saves, 7 GA
Jason Lumpkin (W&L) – 15:00, 1 Save, 0 GA
Johnny Rodriguez (SU) – 60:00, 4 Saves, 4 GA