No. 13 W&L Men's Lacrosse Upends No. 14 Christopher Newport, 14-7

Mike Weaver

LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) tallied a career-best five points to help lead the 13th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team to a 14-7 win over 14th-ranked Christopher Newport on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.

After the Captains (0-1) assumed a 1-0 lead on a goal by first-year attackman Alex Horgan at the 12:06 mark of the first quarter, the Generals (1-1) scored the game's next four goals to gain the upper hand early on.  Senior midfielder Matt Huber (Great River, N.Y. / St. Anthony's) evened the score at 1-1 with 6:50 left in the quarter, and junior midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) won the ensuing faceoff and scored unassisted 13 seconds later for a 2-1 lead.  Junior long-stick midfielder Conlan O'Hara (Delray Beach, Fla. / St. Andrew's) scored off a turnover in the midfield on a failed clear with 2:21 left in the period, and Weaver capped the run on a goal off an assist from junior midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) with 32 seconds left in the period.

Two straight CNU goals made it a 4-3 game with 13:57 remaining in the half, but the Generals scored three of the next four goals, including a second from Weaver, for a 7-4 lead at the break.

After the intermission, W&L received goals from Weaver and sophomore midfielder Stuart Greenspon (Aldie, Va. / Episcopal) in the opening three minutes and change to assume a five-goal lead (9-4) at the 11:25 mark.  The Captains responded with two straight tallies themselves, but the Generals posted five scores in the final 17:02, including one goal and one assist from Weaver, to record the seven-goal victory.

For the game, the Generals held advantages of 46-25 on shots, 34-25 on ground balls and 18-7 on faceoffs.

Weaver finished with three goals and two assists to lead W&L in scoring.  Senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) totaled two goals and two assists, while Greenspon and Hodgson registered two goals each.  Hodgson also won 18-of-24 faceoffs and Hamill added a pair of assists.  Senior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) notched three caused turnovers and sophomore goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) logged eight saves in a stout defensive effort for the Generals.

Sophomore attackman Dylan Rice had two goals, while first-year midfielder Brady Altobello and sophomore midfielder Will Stockhausen recorded one goal and one assist each to lead CNU.  Junior Scott McAneney registered 11 saves between the pipes for the Captains.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to 10th-ranked Denison for a 1:00 pm contest. 

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