FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – First-year attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) tallied five goals and one assist to lead the Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team to an 11-6 victory over Mary Washington on Wednesday evening.
The Generals (3-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead following one quarter after Witherell notched two goals in the opening 15 minutes of play. Sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) added one goal and one assist, while junior attackman Chris Comerford (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) also found the back of the net.
Sophomore midfielder Owen Dingman got the Eagles' (2-4) offense started in the second period, scoring three goals by himself. However, W&L matched all three with single tallies by senior midfielder Graeme Weaver (Newtown Square, Pa. / Malvern Prep), junior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) and Witherell to carry a 7-3 advantage into the second half.
Dardani found Witherell for a goal at the 6:58 mark of the third quarter for an 8-3 lead, but Mary Washington responded with three straight goals, including Dingman's fourth score, to cut it to an 8-6 game with 13:58 left.
W&L then closed the contest in strong fashion, scoring three goals in a span of 2:50 to put the game away. Perrella scored unassisted at 12:37 and then Witherell fed Comerford for a score at 11:36. Witherell finished things off with a goal off an assist from Weaver with 9:47 left.
Mary Washington held a 30-28 edge in shots and collected 45 ground balls as opposed to 35 for the Generals. W&L held an 11-10 advantage on faceoffs.
Weaver had one goal and three assists, Comerford totaled two goals and one assist, and Dardani had one goal and two assists to supplement Witherell's effort. Senior Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) was solid in goal for W&L, making 11 saves in 60 minutes of action.
Dingman's four goals paced the Eagles. Sophomore Sam Wasson and first-year Billy Senicola both played 30 minutes in goal. Wasson made four saves with seven goals allowed, while Senicola logged four saves with four goals allowed.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Hampden-Sydney for a 2:00 pm contest.