LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to eight games with a 20-4 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The W&L (10-2, 6-0) win streak is its' longest since 2009 and gives the Generals their fifth straight season with double-digit victories.
The Blue & White scored early and often against the Hornets (4-10, 0-7), jumping out to a 6-1 lead following the first quarter of action. Junior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) and sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) did much of the damage in the opening period for W&L. Griffin scored two goals and assisted on another, while Dardani had one goal and one assist.
W&L kept the pressure on Shenandoah in the second quarter, featuring tremendous balance on offense as seven different players found the net in the period. Senior midfielder Jack Clarke (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Delbarton) and Dardani notched one goal and one assist each, and the Generals ended the frame with a pretty fast break score from senior attackman Chris Rusbuldt (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) off an assist from senior attackman Austin Tamayo (Oviedo, Fla. / Lake Highland Prep) as time expired for the half. The Hornets found the goal three times in the second period, but W&L carried a 13-4 lead into the halftime break.
The second half belonged to the W&L defense, which held the Hornets scoreless for the final 30 minutes of play. Offensively, Dardani added one more goal and one more assist, and first-year attackman Robert Cooleen (Princeton, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) scored his first career goal in the fourth period, as the Generals continued to pull away.
W&L held a 58-32 advantage in shots, a 42-24 edge in ground balls and the Generals won 20-of-27 faceoffs on the day.
Dardani finished with three goals and three assists for a career-best six points. Griffin tallied a career-high three goals and one assist for four points, while first-year attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) contributed two goals and one assist. Senior attackman Kevin Katzmann (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset), sophomore midfielder Kevin Havermann (Reston, Va. / Potomac) and Rusbuldt each totaled two goals on the day.
Senior defenseman Buck Armstrong (Austin, Texas / Episcopal) paced the W&L defensive effort with three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Clarke totaled one goal and one assist, to go along with 14 faceoff wins in 18 chances. In goal, senior Wyatt Devine, sophomore Nic Peterson (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Culver Academy) and first-year Philip Rech (Darien, Conn. / Darien) all saw action, combining for 10 saves. Devine notched eight saves in 38:55.
Junior attackman Stephen LaTona (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and junior midfielder Tilghman Sanders (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) led the Hornets with one goal and one assist each. Junior Ben Judy (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) played a majority of the game (54:51) in goal and logged 18 saves with 18 goals allowed. He was spelled by first-year goalkeepers Jake Gabriele (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Michael Beutel (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point), who played out the final 5:09 without a save.
Washington and Lee will look to push its winning streak to nine games when it hosts Elizabethtown on Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Cabrini College. A ninth win would be W&L's longest winning streak since a 12-game run in 2004.