SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The 13th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team limited Susquehanna to just 19 shots and a single goal in producing a 10-1 win over the River Hawks on Tuesday afternoon at Sassafras Field.
The victory improved the W&L (11-3) win streak to 11 straight contests, tied for the sixth-longest win streak in program history. It also ended a seven-game win streak for Susquehanna (10-5).
The Generals wasted little time taking the upper hand on the River Hawks, as senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) scored off an assist from junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianun) just 29 seconds into the contest. Dardani returned the favor on a Witherell goal at the 7:46 mark, and Witherell then scored unassisted at 5:57 for a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
Witherell found the net again off a feed from sophomore midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) just 57 seconds into the second frame, and the lead grew to 5-0 with 6:48 left in the half on an unassisted score by sophomore midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien). Sophomore midfielder Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) gave the Blue & White a 6-0 lead heading into the halftime break with an unassisted goal at the 2:40 mark.
The Generals' defense remained stout through the third period, outscoring the River Hawks, 3-0, for the third straight frame. Hamill added one goal and one assist in the third, while A.J. Witherell scored a fourth goal.
Susquehanna finally got on the board with 14:16 remaining in the game, when first-year attackman Colton Dick found rope for a man-up goal off an assist from senior midfielder Alec Tzaneteas. Ware then completed the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 10:49 mark.
W&L held a 40-19 advantage in shots and forced 24 River Hawk turnovers. The Generals also claimed the ground ball battle (33-31) and finished 20-for-23 on clears.
Witherell led the way with four goals and one assist, while Hamill and Ware tallied two goals and one assist each. Dardani chipped in one goal and one assist. Junior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) spearheaded an outstanding defensive effort with three ground balls and four caused turnovers. Junior long-stick midfielder Drew Barnard (Darien, Conn. / Brunswick School) posted three ground balls and three caused turnovers as well. In goal, first-year Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) notched 10 saves, while allowing just the single goal.
Junior Dylan Abplanalp played the initial 45 minutes in goal for Susquehanna, making 11 saves. First-year Tyler Gross played the final 15 minutes and made two stops.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Lynchburg College for a 2:00 pm contest.