BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Washington and Lee scored seven first-quarter goals and jumped out to a 12-0 lead en route to posting a 21-3 victory over Bridgewater in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Jopson Field.
Senior goalkeeper Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) recorded seven first-half saves and senior attackman Chris Rusbuldt (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) notched a team-best three goals to spearhead the Generals' (9-2, 5-0) explosive first half.
First-year attackman A.J. Witherell (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) registered one goal and three assists in the opening 30 minutes of play, while junior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) logged two goals and one assist in the opening half as the Generals carried a 13-1 lead into the intermission.
W&L substituted freely in the second half and eight different Generals found the goal in the final 30 minutes, including the first career scores for sophomore midfielder Kevin Havermann (Reston, Va. / Potomac), first-year defender Drew Barnard (Darien, Conn. / Brunswick School), first-year midfielder Luke Langford (Tallahassee, Fla. / Maclay School), and first-year attackmen Aiden Chandless (San Mateo, Calif. / St. Ignatius) and Sam Boxley (Roanoke, Va. / Patrick Henry).
W&L held advantages of 47-30 in shots, 40-32 in ground balls and 14-11 in faceoffs.
Witherell led the Generals in scoring with two goals and three assists, while Rusbuldt tallied three goals. Perrella notched two goals and one assist, and senior midfielder Jack Clarke (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Delbarton) and senior attackman Kevin Katzmann (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) added two goals apiece.
Devine just played the first 30 minutes and was spelled by sophomore Nic Peterson (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Culver Academy) and first-year Philip Rech (Darien, Conn. / Darien). Peterson posted five saves with one goal allowed in 23:45, while Rech had one save and allowed one goal in 6:15.
Senior midfielders Tylden Mosby and Derrick Daniels, and junior attackman Chris Voorhees all scored for the Eagles (6-5, 1-3). Senior Andrew Buss played the first 19:30 in goal and allowed 10 goals while making four saves. He was replaced by sophomore Kevin Metzger and junior Conor Lawson, who combined for five stops.
Washington and Lee will now break for finals and returns to action on April 16 when it hosts Shenandoah for a 3:00 pm contest.