ASHLAND, Va. – Washington and Lee erupted for five goals in each of the final two quarters to win its sixth-straight with a 12-6 victory over Randolph-Macon in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Saturday at Day Field.
The Yellow Jackets (3-5, 0-2) grabbed an early 2-0 lead on first-quarter goals by senior midfielder Tyee Buttrey at 7:51 and senior attackman Kyle Keepers at 5:38. The Generals (6-3, 2-0) got on the board immediately following the Keepers goal, as sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) won the ensuing faceoff and found the back of the net nine seconds after R-MC had assumed the 2-0 lead.
Each team scored once over the next three minutes and change, before the Yellow Jackets assumed a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter on a goal by senior attackman Miles Muncie as time expired.
W&L then grabbed control of the contest by scoring five goals in the third quarter, while keeping the Yellow Jackets off the scoreboard. First-year midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy) started the rally with an unassisted goal at the 12:12 mark, and the Generals drew even (4-4) with a score by senior attackman Charlie Cory (Afton, Va. / Deerfield Academy) off an assist from sophomore midfielder Garrett Cannon at 4:18. Cannon would score himself at 2:48 and sophomore midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) found rope at 0:41 for a 6-4 lead. Senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) ended the third-quarter scoring with a man-up goal as time expired.
Cory posted two fourth-quarter goals and the Generals outscored Macon, 5-1, in the final 15 minutes to continue to pull away for the six-goal final margin of victory.
For the game, W&L out-shot the Yellow Jackets, 35-24, and each team picked up 26 ground balls. The Blue & White finished 3-for-4 on EMO and the Generals successfully executed all 17 clear attempts in the game.
Cory led the Generals with a career-high three goals and a career-best four total points. Veith and Ware contributed two goals each and first-year attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) had two assists. Cannon chipped in one goal and one assist. First-year Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) played all 60 minutes in goal and registered eight saves.
Six different players notched one goal each for the Yellow Jackets. Junior Chris Cerrina recorded 13 saves while playing the entire contest in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts 12th-ranked Roanoke for a 1:00 pm contest.