GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 13th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team recovered from a 5-1 deficit early in the second quarter to post a 13-8 victory over Guilford College on Wednesday evening at Appenzeller Field.
The Generals' (13-3, 8-0) win streak has reached 13 straight, tied for the third-longest in program history and the longest since a 13-game streak in 2000.
Guilford (9-7, 3-5) opened the early four-goal lead with unassisted scores by five different players for a 5-1 lead with 12:20 left in the first half. W&L then recovered to close the second quarter with five straight goals to assume a 6-5 lead at the break.
Sophomore midfielder Garrett Cannon (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) started the run with a goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) at the 11:16 mark. Zusi added a goal of his own during the stretch, which featured scores from five different Generals.
Guilford evened the score at 6-6 on a goal by sophomore midfielder Bryce Craig off an assist from senior midfielder Devon Winbush just 2:14 into the third period, but the Blue & White scored the game's next seven goals to take a commanding 13-6 lead with 6:52 left in the game. Zusi scored his second goal of the game and junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum), senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) and senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) all notched two goals during the run.
W&L held a 51-21 edge in shots and a 42-21 advantage on ground balls. The Generals also won 21-of-25 faceoffs behind sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), who was 20-for-23 at the faceoff X.
Witherell led the Generals with three goals and one assist. Dardani and Veith tallied three goals each and Zusi had two goals and one assist. First-year Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) played the first 17:40 in goal and did not make a save. First-year Will Atkins (Washington, D.C. / St. Albans) played the final 42:20 and recorded six stops to get the win.
Craig and junior attackman Zach Berkowitz paced the Quakers with two goals each. Senior Parker Styles logged 16 saves in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday with its regular-season finale. The Generals will host Virginia Wesleyan at 2:00 pm.