W&L Men's Lacrosse Drops a 16-13 Decision to Mary Washington

W&L Men's Lacrosse Drops a 16-13 Decision to Mary Washington

LEXINGTON, Va. – Mary Washington used five second-quarter goals and six more in the fourth period to pull away for a 16-13 victory over Washington and Lee in men's lacrosse on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.

For the second straight game, the Generals (2-4) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead only to see the advantage evaporate just as quickly.  Senior midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day) tallied the game's first goal just 38 seconds into the contest, while sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) and senior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) both followed with scores over the next 4:30.

However, the Eagles (3-3) turned the tables with six straight goals scored by six different players to assume a 6-3 lead with 9:44 left in the second quarter.  W&L stopped the rally with a goal by senior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) at the 6:26 mark and sandwiched a Witherell goal around a single score by UMW sophomore midfielder Shane McKenzie to make it a 7-5 game at the break. 

Griffin scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Witherell at 12:21 of the third period to pull W&L within one score (7-6) and each team would score three more goals in the period, as the Eagles carried a 10-9 lead into the fourth quarter.

Mary Washington scored three goals in the opening 2:10 of the final period to push out to a 13-9 advantage with 12:50 remaining.  Sophomore defenseman Robert Tata scored just eight seconds in off the opening faceoff of the fourth and McKenzie scored just 46 seconds later.  Senior midfielder Jack Carver then scored at 12:50 to give the Eagles a four-goal lead.

Griffin scored back-to-back goals at 8:24 and 8:01 to pull the Generals back to two (13-11), but the Eagles had an answer with consecutive goals over a span of 1:03 to push back to a four-goal lead (15-11).  W&L attempted another comeback, receiving goals from Witherell and Dardani that cut it to 15-13 with 2:21 left, but the Blue & White could get no closer in falling for the third straight game.

The Generals simply did not have the ball much on offense, as Mary Washington won 21-of-32 faceoffs.  W&L also managed success on just 12-of-19 clears and committed 19 turnovers.  The Eagles held a 50-37 advantage on shots and a 39-36 edge on ground balls.

Witherell and Griffin paced W&L on offense with nine goals and five assists between them.  Witherell totaled five goals and two assists, while Griffin had four goals and three helpers.  Perrella added two goals and junior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) had one goal and one assist.  Sophomore Philip Rech (Darien, Conn. / Darien) received his first career start and performed admirably in goal, notching 17 saves in 58:04.

McKenzie led the Eagles with four goals and one assist.  Carver posted three goals and senior attackman Mike Marson had two goals and two assists.  Junior Sam Wasson played the first half in goal, making three saves to record the win.  Sophomore Billy Senicola played the second half and also made three stops.

Washington and Lee will open ODAC play on Saturday when it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest.

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