LEXINGTON, Va. – The 16th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team rode a six-goal first period to a 15-10 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Friday evening at Wilson Field.
The win was W&L's eighth in a row and improved Head Coach Gene McCabe's record to 137-71 (.659) across 12 seasons at W&L, surpassing Jim Stagnitta (1990-2001) for the most coaching wins in program history. Stagnitta was 136-42 in 12 seasons as well.
Trailing 2-1, W&L (8-3, 4-0) broke the game open with a five-goal run that began at the 9:14 mark of the first quarter on a transition goal by sophomore long-stick midfielder Conlan O'Hara (Delray Beach, Fla. / St. Andrew's) off an assist from sophomore midfielder Jed Londrey (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate). Senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored unassisted at 7:43 to make it 3-2 W&L, and junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) found the back of the net 28 seconds later for a 4-2 lead. Witherell then fed sophomore attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) for a goal at 5:31 and Witherell finished off the run with a goal off a feed from senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) at 3:19.
The two teams exchanged goals back-and-forth over the final 17 minutes and change of the first half, with the Generals capping the scoring on an unassited goal by sophomore midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) with six seconds left in the half for a 9-5 lead at the break.
W&L scored the first two goals of the third period to extend the lead to 11-5 and, following an H-SC (7-4, 3-1) goal with 3:20 left in the penultimate quarter, again struck late in a period when Weaver scored off an assist from senior attackman Charlie Cory (Afton, Va. / Deerfield Academy) as time expired for a 12-6 lead.
Hampden-Sydney found the net four times in the final quarter, but the Generals scored three as well to walk away with the five-goal victory.
The Tigers held a 48-39 advantage in shots courtesy of 26 shots in the fourth period. W&L claimed the ground ball battle, 28-26, and each team won 13 faceoffs.
Witherell led the way with four goals and three assists, moving him up in the W&L record books. He surpassed Sam Englehart '73 for seventh on the career scoring list (197 pts.) and is now tied with Chris Brown '00 for sixth in career goals (117). His 80 career assists are 10th all-time at W&L.
Weaver tied a career-high with four goals, while Dardani had two goals and one assist. First-year midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy) and Veith added one goal and one assist each. First-year Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded a career-best 15 saves.
Senior midfielder Hunter Brown led H-SC with three goals, while senior midfielder Chandler Shaheen and junior midfielder John Burke posted two goals and one assist each. Senior attackman Connor Pool chipped in three assists and junior Mitch Renfrow made 12 saves in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Randolph for a 7:00 pm contest.