LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team rode a 10-goal first half to a 13-8 victory over third-ranked Gettysburg on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.
The win extended the Generals' winning streak to five in a row and was W&L's first over a Top 5 opponent since a 15-7 win over a then fourth-ranked Washington College team in 2015.
W&L (5-3) opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the contest when senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored off an assist from junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum).
The Bullets (6-1) responded with two straight goals in a span of 46 seconds to take a 2-1 lead with 11:34 left in the first quarter. Junior midfielder Jack Harvey got GC on the board with a goal off an assist from sophomore attackman Brian Kolen at 12:20, and then Harvey fed junior attackman Tommy Heller for a man-up goal at 11:34.
W&L then assumed control of the game with a four-goal run over a span of 6:04 that gave the Generals a 5-2 lead late in the quarter. Sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) began the rally when he won the faceoff following Heller's goal and scored unassisted with 11:15 left. First-year midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy) followed with a goal at 6:10 and then A.J. Witherell scored unassisted at 5:18 for a 4-2 lead. Sophomore attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) capped the run with a goal off an assist from junior midfielder Walker Brown (Virginia Beach, Va. / Norfolk Academy) at 5:11.
Gettysburg got one score back on an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Mike Risser at 4:01, as the Generals carried a 5-3 lead into the second period.
W&L added five more goals in the second quarter, while allowing just two scores for the Bullets. Senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) found rope following an assist from sophomore midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) just 52 seconds into the quarter and A.J. Witherell scored again just 57 seconds later for a 7-3 lead at the 13:11 mark.
Risser scored his second goal of the day for Gettysburg at 9:06, but W&L used a three-goal run for a 10-4 lead with 4:47 left in the half. Hamill assisted on Veith's second goal of the game at 7:30 and then junior midfielder Matt Huber (Great River, N.Y. / St. Anthony's) scored his first goal of the season unassisted with 5:07 left for a 9-4 lead. Dardani added another goal off an assist from Weaver with 4:47 remaining, before the Bullets capped the first-half scoring on a man-up goal by first-year attackman Jack Fletcher with 2:34 remaining, making it 10-5 at the break.
Gettysburg controlled possession for most of the third period, holding the Generals scoreless while adding two goals to slice it to a 10-7 game entering the final quarter. Kolen scored at 8:17 and then sophomore midfielder Michael McCormick notched a goal at 4:49.
Weaver scored off an assist from Dardani with 10:19 left to make it a four-goal game (11-7), but McCormick scored another unassisted goal at 8:28 to cut it back to three (11-8). However, the Bullets couldn't find another score and the Generals posted two more goals, one by Witherell and another by Hamill, to record the five-goal victory.
Gettysburg held a 38-31 advantage in shots, while W&L won the ground ball battle, 32-30. Hodgson gave the Generals a number of extra possessions in the contest by his dominating play at the faceoff X, winning 16-of-23 draws.
Witherell tallied three goals and two assists, while Dardani and Weaver added two goals and one assist each. Veith scored two goals and Hamill registered one goal and two assists. Junior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) led an oustanding team defensive effort with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. First-year Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) received the start in goal and recorded 11 saves while playing the full 60 minutes.
Risser and McCormick paced the Bullets with two goals each. Harvey chipped in one goal and one assist. Senior Tim Brady played the duration in goal and posted five saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.