LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee used a seven-goal run across the second, third and fourth periods to pull away for an 18-10 win over Washington College in men's lacrosse on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
W&L (1-3) grabbed the early lead on back-to-back goals by first-year attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) and junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) in the opening 5:54 of the contest for a 2-0 lead.
The Generals never trailed, but couldn't pull away until the decisive run that began late in the second quarter. After Washington junior attackman Casey Grieves scored with 2:11 left in the second quarter to pull the Shoremen (1-1) within one goal (7-6), the Blue & White began its surge.
Sophomore midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) started things off with an unassisted goal with 1:16 left in the first half that gave W&L a two-goal lead (8-6) at the intermission. The Generals didn't wait long to pounce on the Shoremen in the third period, as senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) gave W&L its' first three-goal lead of the game (9-6) when he scored unassisted just 1:29 into the second half. Sophomore midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) then found Taylor Witherell, who beat Washington senior goalkeeper Ben Flood at 8:39 to make it a 10-6 game.
The run continued when A.J. Witherell scored unassisted at 7:43 and Taylor Witherell added another tally off an assist from sophomore attackman Mike Weaver at 6:20 for a 12-6 lead. Senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) capped the third quarter scoring with an unassisted man-up goal at 5:52 for a 13-6 advantage. Dardani scored again just 26 seconds into the fourth period off an assist from A.J. Witherell to make it 14-6.
Dardani's goal capped the run, as Washington scored three straight over the next 5:50, including a pair of goals from junior midfielder Charlie Walker, to make it a 14-9 game with 8:44 remaining. However, the Generals closed the game with the final three scores across the last 5:57 for the eight-goal margin of victory.
W&L held a 53-34 advantage in shots, 31-27 in ground balls and the Generals won 18-of-32 faceoffs. A.J. Witherell finished with three goals and three assists, while Dardani posted four goals and one assist. Taylor Witherell tallied three goals and Veith finished with two goals and one helper. Ware added a pair of goals as well, while sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) won 18 faceoffs and scored one goal. First-year Will Atkins (Washington, D.C. / St. Albans) played all 60 minutes in goal and earned his first career victory by making 13 saves.
Grieves scored three goals to lead Washington College. Junior midfielder Nick Boyles tallied two goals and two assists, while Walker finished with two goals as well. Flood posted 16 saves in net for the Shoremen.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it travels to 11th-ranked Franklin & Marshall for a 12:00 pm contest.
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