LEXINGTON, Va. – First-year attackman Kevin Mollihan tallied six goals and one assist to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 16-14 victory over Washington and Lee in men's lacrosse action on Saturday at Wilson Field.
Mollihan scored four of his goals in a wild first quarter that saw the Generals hold a 7-5 lead.
W&L jumped out to a 3-0 advantage just 2:01 into the contest on a pair of goals by junior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) and a man-up goal by senior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood). F&M scored the next two tallies, one by Mollihan and one by junior attackman Sean Rogers, to cut it to 3-2 with 8:26 left in the period.
Senior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) scored his first goal of the game, to go along with a pair of assists, to give W&L a 4-2 advantage at the 5:41 mark. However, Mollihan went on a three-goal run by himself over a span of just 1:22 to give F&M a 5-4 lead with 4:00 left in the quarter. The Generals closed the period with three goals in the last 1:25 to assume a 7-5 advantage at the end of 15 minutes of play. Sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) got things started when he found rope unassisted at 1:25 and Griffin scored off a feed from first-year long-stick midfielder Oliver Herndon (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) just 40 seconds later to give W&L the lead. First-year midfielder Evans Alison (Huntsville, Ala. / Randolph) then scored with one second remaining for the two-goal lead.
Each team scored twice in the second period, as W&L carried a 9-7 lead into the half. The Diplomats received goals from Rogers and Mollihan to tie the game at 7-7, and then W&L got a pair of scores from Witherell to close out the half.
F&M took control of the game in the third period, out-scoring the Generals 5-1 in the frame. The Diplomats started the quarter with a three-goal spurt that featured Mollihan's sixth goal, before Griffin stopped the run with an unassisted goal at 6:06 to tie the game at 10-10. However, F&M used two more scores before the end of the quarter to claim a 12-10 advantage entering the final period.
W&L cut it to a one-goal contest with a man-up goal by senior midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day) off a feed from Perrella at the 13:16 mark, but the Diplomats used another three-goal spurt to take a 15-11 lead with 9:58 remaining.
The Generals made a run at tying the game, totaling three straight goals to make it a 15-14 game with 4:19 remaining. Alison scored his second goal of the contest at 9:07 and then Griffin notched his fourth goal off a Witherell assist at 5:06. Henry pulled W&L to within a single score with 4:19 remaining when he scored off an assist from Dardani.
W&L had a chance to pull even after winning the ensuing faceoff, but simply could not find the equalizer. F&M senior attackman Mike Rama added an insurance goal in an empty net with 55 seconds left, as the Diplomats claimed their fourth straight win in the series.
For the game, each team took 36 shots, while W&L had a 40-29 advantage in ground balls. The Generals also won 18-of-33 faceoffs, but could not overcome 19 turnovers in the game.
Griffin paced the W&L offense with a career-high four goals and two assists for a career-best six points. Witherell totaled three goals and one helper, while Dardani had two goals and two assists. Henry and Alison added two goals each. Junior Nic Peterson (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Culver Academy) played the entire contest in goal, recording 12 saves.
Mollihan's day was supplemented by three goals and two assists from Rogers and three goals and one assist from Rama. Sophomore Scott Hatch recorded seven saves while playing the duration in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to the field on Wednesday, when it hosts Mary Washington for a 7:00 pm contest.