LEXINGTON, Va. – Fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney scored eight second quarter goals and received 19 saves from first-year goalkeeper Nick Arcuri in defeating top-seeded Washington and Lee, 19-10, in the semifinals of the ODAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday evening at Wilson Field.
W&L assumed a 4-3 lead at the 14:08 mark of the second quarter following three straight goals, including a pair by sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum). However, the Tigers out-scored the Generals 6-1 over the next 9:26 to take a 9-5 lead with 5:42 remaining in the first half. Junior attackman Ian Levin keyed the run for the Tigers, scoring four goals himself during the spurt.
Witherell scored two more goals before the end of the half, but each was matched by a tally from H-SC junior attackman Connor Pool and H-SC carried an 11-7 lead into the intermission.
Senior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) scored unassisted just 1:21 into the third period to bring the Generals within three goals, but the Tigers ended the third period with five straight goals and scored the first two tallies of the fourth period to pull away. Senior attackman Duncan Morris did much of the damage for the Tigers, scoring three times during the run that put the game away.
The Generals held a 51-32 advantage in shots and a 45-35 edge in ground balls. H-SC won 17 of the 30 faceoffs in the contest. The difference was in goal, however, as the Tigers posted 20 total saves as opposed to just two for W&L.
Witherell finished with four goals to break Matt Dugan's '01 single-season scoring record (87) at W&L. He finished the season with 88 points on 52 goals and 26 assists. The 52 goals are fifth-best all-time at W&L.
Griffin notched three goals and three keepers played for W&L, including sophomore Philip Rech (Darien, Conn. / Darien), junior Nic Peterson (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Culver Academy) and first-year Aidan Long (Concord, Mass. / Concord-Carlisle). Rech and Long both finished with one save.
Levin paced Hampden-Sydney with five goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Chandler Shaheen totaled four goals and one assist, and Pool amassed four goals. Morris notched three goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Hunter Brown had one goal and three assists.
Hampden-Sydney advances to the ODAC title game where it will face third-seeded Lynchburg on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Washington and Lee concludes its season with a 10-7 overall record, the sixth straight season with double-digit victories.