W&L Men's Lacrosse Sees Win Streak End; Falls to Roanoke, 14-9

W&L Men's Lacrosse Sees Win Streak End; Falls to Roanoke, 14-9

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, falling to Roanoke College by a score of 14-9 at Wilson Field.

The Maroons (13-4, 8-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and the Generals (11-3, 6-1) simply could never pull even.

Senior attackman Tyler McWilliams (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown) and senior midfielder Colin McKenzie (Hamilton, Mass./Holderness) each scored two goals in the opening period and first-year goalkeeper Burke McManus (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney) stopped each of the first seven shots he faced on goal as the Maroons jumped out to the six-goal advantage. 

First-year attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) got W&L on the board with 12:39 left in the second quarter when he found the net unassisted.  Sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) then scored off an assist from senior midfielder Max Hutson (Houston, Texas / Episcopal) just 1:36 later to make it 6-2, but the Maroons reeled off three straight over the next four minutes and change for a 9-2 lead with 6:59 left in the quarter.

However, the Generals continued to fight back, scoring four straight goals to end the first half and cut the deficit to 9-6 entering the break.  Hutson and Witherell both tallied one goal and one assist during the stretch, while junior midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day) and senior attackman Austin Tamayo (Oviedo, Fla. / Lake Highland Prep) both found the goal as well.

Roanoke scored just 1:26 into the third period for a 10-6 lead, but W&L again responded, as Henry scored off an assist from Dardani and Hutson tallied unassisted with 4:30 left to slice it to a 10-8 game.  The momentum was killed, however, when Roanoke sophomore midfielder IV Stucker (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) scored in transition with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the Maroons an 11-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

W&L would get no closer than three goals the rest of the way, as the Maroons claimed the top seed for the ODAC Tournament.

W&L held a 42-38 advantage in shots, while RC posted a 28-22 edge in ground balls and won 13-of-25 faceoffs.

Henry led W&L with a career-high three goals, while Hutson logged two goals and two assists.  Witherell totaled two goals and one helper, and Dardani had one goal and one assist.  Senior goalkeeper Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) played 57:20 in goal and notched 14 saves.

Mackenzie registered four goals and McWilliams, Stucker and junior attackman Kevin Jackson all had two goals and two assists to lead the Maroons.  McManus finished with a season-best 19 saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Randolph for a 7:00 pm contest.

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