LYNCHBURG, Va. – The 14th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-0 lead following one quarter and cruised to its ninth straight win with a 25-2 victory over Randolph on Wednesday evening at WildCat stadium.
W&L (9-3, 5-0) took the lead just 49 seconds into the game when senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien). Dardani added another goal in the opening quarter, which featured a pair of Hamill assists and one goal and one assist from sophomore attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest).
The Generals kept the pressure on in the second period, outscoring the WildCats (0-11, 0-5) by a 7-1 count for a 15-1 advantage at the intermission. Senior attackman Charlie Cory (Afton, Va. / Deerfield Academy) did most of the damage, scoring three goals during the frame.
The Blue & White substituted liberally through the final two quarters in running away for the 23-goal margin of victory.
W&L held a 47-11 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle, 35-19. The Generals also claimed 20-of-31 faceoffs in the contest as well.
Dardani and Cory led the way with three goals and one assist each. First-year midfielder Owen Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio / Indian Hill) posted three goals, while junior attackman Robert Cooleen (Princeton, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) and first-year attackman Austin Hudson (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman) scored two goals apiece. Hamill had three helpers, and Weaver and junior attackman Sam Boxley (Roanoke, Va. / Patrick Henry) added one goal and two assists each. The Generals featured five players in goal and they combined to make four saves.
Randolph received unassisted scores by junior midfielder Prince Charles and junior attackman Brett Pausic. Four goalkeepers combined to make two saves for the WildCats.
Washington and Lee will now break for finals, before returning to action on April 14 with a 1:00 pm game at Bridgewater College.