LYNCHBURG, Va. – The 13th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team used a four-goal run at the start of the fourth quarter to push its win streak to 12 straight with a 15-13 victory over Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon at Shellenberger Field.
The Generals' streak is now tied for the fourth-longest in program history and is W&L's (12-3, 7-0) longest such stretch since a 12-game run in 2004.
The Hornets (8-7, 5-2) jumped out to a 6-3 lead after the first quarter of play on the strength of three goals from junior attackman Evan Lombardo. The Blue & White bounced back in the second frame, out-scoring LC by a count of 4-1 to knot the game at 7-7 heading into the halftime break. Junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianun) tallied one goal and two assists during the period.
W&L scored the first two goals of the third period to assume a 9-7 lead, but Lynchburg scored four of the final five goals of the penultimate quarter to grab an 11-10 advantage after 45 minutes of play.
The Generals then assumed control with four tallies in the opening 7:59 of the fourth period. A.J. Witherell started the run with a goal off an assist from first-year midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy) just 40 seconds into the quarter and then sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) won the ensuing faceoff and ran straight to goal, scoring to give W&L a 12-11 lead with 14:14 left to play. A.J. Witherell and first-year attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianun) scored back-to-back unassisted goals at 10:51 and 7:02 to give the Blue & White a three-goal advantage (14-11) en route to posting the win.
W&L held a 37-27 advantage in shots and a 37-32 edge in ground balls. The Generals also won 21-of-31 faceoffs behind Hodgson, who took every draw.
A.J. Witherell finished with four goals and two assists, while senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) had three goals and one assist. Taylor Witherell and senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) produced two goals and one assist each. First-year Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) played all 60 minutes in goal and made seven saves.
Lombardo led the Hornets with six goals and one assist. Senior attackman Colin McGuire added one goal and three assists. Senior C.J. Santora posted 12 saves in 60 minutes in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Guilford for a 4:00 pm contest.