LEXINGTON, Va. – The 20th-ranked Franklin & Marshall men's lacrosse team built a 9-2 halftime lead and held on for a 13-10 victory over 11th-ranked Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals (2-3) committed 14 first-half turnovers and the Diplomats (3-1) took advantage, using a 7-1 run across the end of the first period and a majority of the second, to assume the seven-goal halftime lead.
Senior midfielder George Briggs assisted on five of the seven goals for F&M, with first-year attackman Blake Target and sophomore attackman Luke Keating scoring three goals apiece in the opening 30 minutes.
W&L turned things around in the second half, cutting the lead to 9-4 less than five minutes into the third period. Junior midfielder Garrett Cannon (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) scored off an assist from sophomore attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) at the 10:57 mark, and first-year attackman Garrett Mize (Dallas, Texas / St. Mark's) scored unassisted 47 seconds later.
Keating scored two straight unassisted goals to stretch the F&M lead back to 11-4, but the Generals closed the quarter with two of the final three goals to make it a 12-6 game heading into the fourth quarter.
F&M notched the first tally of the fourth quarter, before the Generals made a final push with four straight goals. Mize got it started with another unassisted tally at the 10:47 mark, and Witherell and sophomore midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy) both scored their second goal of the game to make it 13-9 with 5:51 left. Mize added a third goal with 2:46 remaining to make it 13-10, but W&L could get no closer in falling to the Diplomats for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings.
The Generals out-shot the Diplomats by a count of 46-37 and W&L held a 35-26 edge on ground balls. The Blue & White also claimed 18-of-26 faceoffs, but could not overcome 19 turnovers and going 0-for-6 in man-up situations.
Mize totaled three goals, while Taylor Witherell had two goals and one assist. Mulholland added two scores as well. Junior Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) once again dominated at the faceoff X, claiming 18-of-25 faceoffs. Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) posted 12 saves.
Keating paced Franklin & Marshall with five goals and two assists. Junior attackman Kevin Mollihan and Target tallied three goals each, while Briggs notched five assists. Senior Scott Hatch logged 14 saves in goal.
Washington and Lee will play again on Wednesday, when it hosts Mary Washington for a 7:00 pm contest.