LEXINGTON, Va. – The 19th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team outscored 10th-ranked Roanoke by a count of 8-1 in the second half to produce an 11-10 win over the Maroons on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The win ended a three-game losing streak to Roanoke and improved the Generals' current winning streak to seven straight contests.
The Maroons (6-3, 2-1) opened a quick 3-0 lead just 2:23 into the game and carried a 9-3 lead into the halftime break behind excellent goalkeeping by junior Ian Davies and some lucky breaks. Davies recorded 14 saves in the opening half and the Generals hit the pipe four times in tallying just three first-half scores.
W&L began its comeback at the 11:42 mark of the third period when junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) scored off an assist from senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster). Witherell added another goal 3:11 later off a feed from sophomore midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien), and sophomore midfielder Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) scored unassisted at 5:43 to pull the Generals within 9-6. Witherell scored his third goal of the period at 3:02, but the Maroons stunted the rally just 16 seconds later on an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Daniel Kravit.
Witherell scored his fifth goal of the game just 1:19 into the fourth quarter to pull W&L back to within two goals (10-8) and Hamill fed Dardani for another score at 9:57 that pulled the Generals within a single tally (10-9).
W&L kept the momentum going and knotted the game at 6:22 when junior midfielder Matt Huber (Great River, N.Y. / St. Anthony's) scored in transition off a broken Roanoke clear. The Blue & White won the ensuing faceoff and sophomore midfielder Jed Londrey (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) buried the game-winner just nine seconds after Huber's game-tying score.
Roanoke had the ball with a chance to tie in the final two minutes of play, but W&L first-year goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) stopped a bounce shot by Schwarz with 1:16 left and the Maroons slashed a W&L defender on the ensuing clear, allowing the Generals to run out the final 59 seconds for the win.
W&L dominated play between the lines, outshooting the Maroons, 52-33, and winning the ground ball battle, 45-28. The Generals easily won the faceoff battle behind the play of sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), who took every draw for W&L. He finished 20-for-25 on faceoffs for the day.
Witherell led the offense with five goals, while Dardani had two goals and two assists. Hamill chipped in three assists. Taylor played all 60 minutes in goal and produced 10 saves. On defense, the Generals forced 21 Roanoke turnovers led by junior John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade), who notched three caused turnovers and six ground balls.
Senior midfielder IV Stucker and Schwarz paced the Maroons with three goals each. Sophomore attackman Jason Sarro added four assists. Davies finished the day with 22 saves for Roanoke.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday when it hosts Hampden-Sydney for a 7:00 pm contest.