HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team used a four-goal run across the third and fourth periods to produce a 12-9 victory over Hampden-Sydney in the ODAC-opener for both teams on Saturday at Everett Stadium.
W&L (3-4, 1-0) began its run with 4:13 remaining in the third period when first-year midfielder Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) broke an 8-8 tie with an unassisted tally. Senior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) gave the Generals their first two-goal lead of the game 1:30 into the fourth period when he produced an unassisted score. Junior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) kept the momentum going with an unassisted goal at 12:25 for an 11-8 advantage.
The W&L defense made the three-goal lead stand until 1:19 remained, when Dardani scored on an open goal off a feed from senior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) that completed the run and made it a 12-8 game. The Tigers (4-3, 0-1) added a goal by junior midfielder Chandler Shaheen with 40 seconds left, but never truly possessed the ball again as the Generals won their fourth straight over the Tigers.
The Blue & White scored the game's opening goal, an unassisted tally by first-year midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) just 1:44 into the contest. However, the Tigers responded with a three-goal run featuring a pair of scores from junior attackman Connor Pool, to take a 3-1 lead with 14:40 left in the second quarter.
W&L countered the H-SC run with a three-goal surge of its own, capped by a Hamill tally off a feed from sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter that gave the Blue & White a 4-3 lead. Hamill added a third goal off an assist from Witherell at 5:03 of the quarter, but the Tigers scored three in the final 7:30 to assume a 6-5 lead at the halftime break.
The Generals seized the lead back (7-6) by scoring the first two goals of the third period. Witherell found Dardani at 12:34 and Perrella scored unassisted at 11:26. Shaheen tied the game at 7-7 with 10:04 left in the third, but Hamill scored at 6:53 to give W&L the lead back. Shaheen scored once again with 5:58 remaining in the third period, setting the stage for the Generals' decisive four-goal run.
W&L out-shot the Tigers 46-42 and the Generals held a 24-21 edge on ground balls. The Generals also won 17-of-23 faceoffs led by first-year midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), who was victorious on 16-of-21 draws.
Hamill led the way with a career-best four goals, while Dardani had three goals. Perrella found the net twice and Witherell tied a career-high with four assists. Sophomore Philip Rech (Darien, Conn. / Darien) played all 60 minutes in goal and totaled seven saves.
The Tigers were paced by Shaheen's four goals and one assist. Pool tallied three goals and one helper, while junior midfielder Hunter Brown had one goal and three assists. Sophomore Mitch Renfrow racked up 14 saves while playing the duration in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday when it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 7:00 pm contest.