LEXINGTON, Va. – The 20th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 12-3 lead early in the second half and cruised to a 17-9 victory over Bridgewater on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.
Bridgewater (5-6, 1-3) grabbed the early advantage on a man-up goal from sophomore midfielder Hunter Callan off an assist from Matthew Arndt at the 8:06 mark of the first quarter.
The Generals (7-4, 5-0) got on the board at the 6:06 mark when junior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) scored unassisted. That keyed a four-goal run over the next 4:04 that gave W&L a lead it would not surrender. BC got a goal from senior attackman Chris Voorhees with 1:03 left in the period to make it 4-2, but the Generals retaliated with just :01 left when sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) found senior attackman Whit Griffin (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) for the Generals' fifth goal of the opening quarter.
W&L used another four-goal run to start the second half to push its lead to 9-2 with 5:42 left in the half. Senior midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day) scored a pair of tallies during the stretch, while Witherell notched one goal and two assists. Voorhees scored his second goal of the first half at 3:28, but senior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) ended the first-half scoring with a goal at 1:55 for a 10-3 lead at the break.
Perrella opened the second half with two straight scores to push the lead to nine goals (12-3) at the 12:09 mark. However, the Eagles battled back, producing a four-goal run that trimmed the deficit to five goals (12-7) entering the fourth period. Voorhees added a third goal and junior attackman Blake Mann scored two goals during the surge.
The Blue & White then settled things down in the fourth, out-scoring the Eagles 5-2 in the frame to claim the eight-goal final margin. Griffin led the way in the final 15 minutes with two goals and one assist, while Witherell notched one goal and two helpers in the fourth period.
For the game, W&L held advantages of 49-37 in shots, 39-28 in ground balls and 18-10 on faceoffs.
Witherell totaled a game-high eight points on three goals and a career-best five assists. Griffin logged three goals and three assists, while Dardani notched three goals and one assist. Perrella registered three goals and Henry posted two scores. In goal, sophomore Philip Rech (Darien, Conn. / Darien) recorded nine saves with seven goals allowed in 46:29. Junior Nic Peterson (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Culver Academy) played the final 13:31, totaling five saves with two goals allowed. At the faceoff X, first-year Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) dominated by winning 18-of-24 draws.
Bridgewater was led by Voorhees, who finished with a game-high four goals. Mann totaled three goals, while sophomore midfielder Hunter Callan had one goal and one assist. Junior Kevin Metzger played all 60 minutes between the pipes and made 17 saves.
Washington and Lee will now break for finals and will not return to action until April 15, when it travels to Shenandoah for a 1:00 pm contest.