HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The 16th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 13-1 lead en route to posting a 17-6 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at Everett Stadium.
The margin of victory was the most by W&L against the Tigers since a 16-2 win in 2000.
The Generals (6-4, 3-0) opened a 3-0 first-quarter lead on the strength of two goals and one assist from sophomore attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum).
Hampden-Sydney (6-3, 1-1) got on the board with 3:01 left in the first quarter on an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Davis Hatch, but W&L seized control of the game with 10 straight tallies across the second and third periods. Senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) found sophomore attackman Austin Hudson (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman) for a man-up goal at 12:26 of the second quarter, and then A.J. Witherell scored goals at 11:07 and 3:48 for a 6-1 lead at the intermission.
The Generals piled on seven goals in the third period to take a commanding 13-1 lead into the final 15 minutes. Junior attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) scored three goals in the frame, while A.J. Witherell added two as well.
The Tigers opened the fourth quarter with three straight goals from first-year midfielder Sean Duffy to cut the W&L lead to 13-4, but the Generals scored four more times in the final 7:55 to cruise to the 11-goal win.
W&L held a 46-31 advantage in shots and a 33-27 edge in ground balls. Hampden-Sydney took the faceoff battle, 14-12, but the Generals committed just 14 turnovers.
A.J. Witherell finished with four goals and two assists, while Weaver tied a career-high with four goals. Taylor Witherell notched a career-high five points on three goals and two assists, and junior midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) pitched in two goals as well. Hudson added one goal and two assists. Sophomore Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) played the first 55:24 in goal and earned the win after making eight saves with six goals allowed.
Duffy led H-SC with three goals. Sophomore attackman Jared Medwar tallied one goal and two assists, while junior goalkeeper Nick Arcuri logged 16 saves with 16 goals allowed in 56:13.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Guilford for a 4:00 pm contest.