LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team posted its fourth straight win with an 18-5 victory over Shenandoah in the ODAC-opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals (4-3, 1-0) opened a 9-2 lead in the second quarter and substituted freely in defeating the Hornets (3-4, 0-1) for a eighth time in eight all-time meetings.
Sophomore midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) tallied two goals and one assist in the opening period, as the Blue & White claimed a 5-2 lead after 15 minutes of play.
Junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) notched one goal and two assists, and sophomore midfielder Garrett Cannon (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) had two goals in the second period as the W&L lead grew to 11-3 by halftime.
The Generals continued to increase the lead during the penultimate quarter behind two goals from sophomore attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) and a pair of Hamill assists, carrying a 15-3 lead into the final period.
In the fourth, W&L first-year midfielder Owen Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio / Indian Hill) registered the first two goals of his career en route to the 13-goal final margin of victory.
The Generals held a 53-24 advantage in shots and a 44-26 edge in ground balls. W&L also won 18-of-27 faceoffs behind the play of sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), who logged 16 wins in 21 draws.
Hamill finished with a career-best six points on two goals and a career-high tying four assists. Witherell tallied two goals and three assists in limited playing time, while Weaver contributed a career-high four goals. Cannon finished with a career-high three goals as well. Four goalkeepers played for W&L, combining to make five stops. First-year Will Atkins (Washington, D.C. / St. Albans) earned the win after playing the first 30 minutes, allowing three goals without a save.
Junior midfielder Michael Brooks led the Hornets with two goals and one assist. Junior attackman Ryan Schott added two goals and first-year attackman Devon Weaver chipped in one goal and one assist. Sophomore Jason Simpson played the first 45 minutes in goal and produced 16 saves with 15 goals allowed.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts fifth-ranked Gettysburg for a 5:00 pm contest.