GREENSBORO, N.C. – Washington and Lee used a four-goal run across the third and fourth periods to pull away for a 7-5 win over Guilford in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at the Armfield Athletic Center.
Guilford (4-6, 1-3) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 4:28 of the game on goals by senior attackman Daniel Hughey and senior midfielder Dylan Haupt.
Guilford goalkeeper Parker Styles helped keep the Generals' off the scoreboard for the better part of the first quarter by making four saves in the opening frame. However, the Generals (8-2, 4-0) broke through at the 4:51 mark when sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) picked up a ground ball in front of the goal and fired a shot past Styles to make it 2-1.
W&L knotted the game (2-2) just 37 seconds into the second quarter when senior midfielder Max Hutson (Houston, Texas / Episcopal) scored unassisted. Senior midfielder Graeme Weaver (Newtown Square, Pa. / Malvern Prep) followed with an unassisted goal at 12:50 to give the Generals their first lead at 3-2. The teams entered the half tied 3-3 after W&L inadvertently knocked the ball into its own goal with just 17 seconds left in the second quarter.
Guilford struck first in the third quarter, as junior attackman Alex Brownlee scored unassisted at 12:03 and the Quakers' defense made the lead hold up until the Generals pushed through with the decisive run. Weaver got it started with an unassisted tally at 2:02 to knot the game at 4-4, and junior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) scored man-up off a feed from Dardani at 0:11 for a 5-4 lead.
The lead grew to 6-4 with 12:16 left in the game when Weaver scored his third goal of the contest and Dardani capped the run with a man-up goal off an assist from Perrella at 8:53.
Guilford added a single score with 1:37 left, but the Generals' defense would hold, as W&L won for the sixth straight game.
The Blue & White out-shot Guilford, 42-25, and each team picked up 21 ground balls. W&L also won 9-of-15 faceoffs in the contest.
Weaver's three goals paced the Generals' offense. Dardani had two goals and one assist and Perrella chipped in one goal and one helper. Senior Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) stopped nine shots while playing the entire game between the pipes.
Haupt scored two goals and Brownlee had one goal and one assist for the Quakers. Styles finished with 12 saves in 60 minutes of action.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Bridgewater College for a 7:00 pm contest.