HERNDON, Va. – First-year attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) scored three goals and senior goalkeeper Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) notched 12 saves to lead the Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team to a 7-6 victory over Colby on Tuesday at the Word of Grace Athletic Fields.
The Generals (6-2) grabbed the early advantage as junior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) scored man-up off a feed from senior midfielder Graeme Weaver (Newtown Square, Pa. / Malvern Prep) at 8:37 and senior midfielder Max Hutson (Houston, Texas / Episcopal) found the net off an assist from sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) at 6:10.
Colby (2-4) got on the board with 16 seconds left in the first period on a goal by sophomore midfielder Myles Smith off an assist from sophomore defenseman Graham Lian, but the Generals scored the first two goals of the second period to push out to a 4-1 advantage. Junior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) scored man-up from Griffin at 12:16 and Witherell scored his first goal unassisted at the 6:14 mark. The Mules added an unassisted tally by sophomore attackman Kevin Beil with 3:44 left and the Generals carried a 4-2 lead into the half.
Each team scored once to begin the third period, but Witherell notched back-to-back tallies 11 seconds apart for a 7-3 lead at 3:28 of the third quarter. Dardani set up the first and senior defenseman Bobby DeStefano (Edgewater, Md. / Severn) fed Witherell for the second score.
Colby made a run in the fourth period, scoring three straight goals to make it a 7-6 game with 3:13 left. The Mules won the ensuing faceoff and sent two shots on goal, but the first sailed wide and Devine saved the second with 1:28 left to protect the lead. W&L successfully cleared it and ran out the clock for its fourth straight victory.
Colby held a 33-27 advantage on shots, while W&L claimed a 24-22 edge on ground balls. The Mules won 11 of the 16 faceoffs in the contest.
In addition to Witherell's three goals, Griffin had one goal and one assist and Dardani finished with a pair of helpers. Devine improved to 6-2 in goal, allowing just six goals in 60 minutes of action.
Colby had six different goal scorers in the contest. Senior Dylan Rothenberg finished with nine saves in 59:46 between the pipes.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to 16th-ranked Lynchburg for a 7:00 pm contest.