CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington College jumped out to a 7-2 lead and held on for an 11-9 victory over the 15th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder Casey Grieves got things started for the Shoremen (2-0), scoring one goal and assisting on two others as Washington assumed a 3-0 lead following the first quarter of play.
The Generals (2-2) ended the run with an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day) at the 13:21 mark of the second period, but Grieves keyed another two-goal run with a marker at 8:51. Sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) made it a 5-2 game with a score off an assist from senior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) at 4:10. However, Grieves fed junior attackman Tyler Powers for a goal at 2:69, and Powers scored again man-up with 13 seconds left in the half for the five-goal advantage at the break.
W&L cut it to 7-3 with an unassisted goal by senior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) just 2:55 into the third period, but the Shoremen went on another spurt, this time a four-goal stretch, to take an 11-4 lead with 7:07 left in the game.
Just as it did a week earlier in a win over Denison, the Generals made a furious rally, scoring the final five goals of the game. However, the Blue & White simply ran out of time and fell two goals short of pulling even.
First-year midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) scored unassisted at 6:40 and Perrella scored off an assist from junior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) 40 seconds later to make it an 11-6 contest. Henry scored man-up from Veith with 3:05 to go in the fourth, and Witherell found Veith for a goal with 2:30 left that cut it to 11-8. However, W&L couldn't find the net again until 17 seconds remained when Veith scored off an assist from Perrella that proved to be the game's final score.
W&L held a 33-27 advantage on shots and had a 37-29 edge in ground balls. The Generals also won 15-of-24 faceoffs, but simply could not overcome accurate shooting by the Shoremen, who at one point had scored nine goals on just 19 shots.
Veith led W&L with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, while Henry and Witherell had two goals and one assist each. Perrella finished with one goal and two assists, and first-year midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) was 15-of-23 on faceoffs for the day. Junior Nic Peterson (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Culver Academy) played all 60 minutes in goal and posted five saves.
Grieves paced the Shoremen with two goals and four assists. Powers finished with three goals and first-year attackman Cooper Sloan had one goal and two assists. Junior Ben Flood played the entire contest in goal and recorded nine saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Franklin & Marshall for a 2:00 pm contest.