CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The 11th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team used a 5-1 scoring stretch across the first and second periods to post a 14-8 victory over Washington College on Saturday at Kirby Stadium. The win was the 200th in the career of Head Coach Gene McCabe, who is 200-93 (.683) in 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
The game was tied 2-2 following four total goals in the opening 3:21 of the contest, but the Generals tightened up on the defensive end and used the 5-1 run to open a 7-3 halftime advantage.
Sophomore attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) got the run started with an unassisted goal at the 11:10 mark and then senior midfielder Matt Huber (Great River, N.Y. / St. Anthony's) found the net unassisted just 1:08 later for a 4-2 lead with 10:02 left in the first period. Junior midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) added an unassisted tally with 5:11 left, before the Shoremen (1-1) posted a goal by senior midfielder Trey Ritter with 3:08 left in the opening stanza.
W&L had the answer to the WAC goal less than a minute later when sophomore attackman Austin Hudson (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman) scored off a feed from Hamill for a 6-3 lead with 2:14 left in the first period.
The Generals held the Shoremen without a goal for the entire second period, as sophomore goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) posted five saves in the frame. Huber added another unassisted score and W&L carried a 7-3 advantage into the intermission.
Washington opened the second-half scoring with a goal by senior midfielder Zack Gorrasi at 12:09 of the third period, but the Blue & White responded with two-straight goals, one by sophomore midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy), and another on a man-up opportunity by junior attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) for a comfortable 9-4 edge with 5:56 left in the penultimate quarter. The lead never dropped below four goals the rest of the way.
The Generals dominated at the faceoff X, taking 18-of-24 faceoffs, led by junior Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), who claimed 16 of the 17 draws he took. W&L also held advantages of 41-36 on shots and 37-29 in ground balls.
Weaver and Mulholland led the offense with three goals apiece, while Hamill registered one goal and two assists. Huber scored two goals, while Taylor finished with 13 saves.
Gorrasi led the Shoremen with two goals and one assist. Casey Grieves scored two goals and Chris Del Rosario had 16 saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Mary Washington for a 12:00 pm contest.