Career-Best Efforts Lead Generals Past Guilford, 23-4

Robert Cooleen

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 17th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team used a six-goal first quarter to produce a 23-4 victory over Guilford on Wednesday afternoon at Appenzeller Field.

The win gives the Generals (7-4, 4-0) a season-best three-game winning streak and upped W&L's all-time record against the Quakers (5-5, 0-4) to 32-0.

Sophomore attackman Austin Hudson (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman) scored a pair of goals and senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) tallied one goal and two assists in the opening 10:09 that gave W&L a 6-0 advantage.

Guilford junior attackman Connor Sweeney scored two of the game's next three goals to make it a 7-2 contest with 5:14 left in the second quarter.  However, two straight goals by junior midfielder Jed Londrey (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) ignited a seven-goal W&L spurt across the second and third periods, giving the Blue & White a 14-2 lead with 2:22 left in the third period.

W&L strung together a nine-goal run in the third and fourth period, featuring five goals and three assists by senior attackman Robert Cooleen (Princeton, N.J. / Lawrenceville School), to push out to a 23-3 advantage in cruising to the 19-goal victory.

The Generals held advantages of 58-26 in shots, 43-22 in ground balls and 24-7 in faceoffs.

A.J. Witherell finished the game with a career-best 11 points on four goals and a career-high seven assists.  The 11 points are tied for the fourth-best single-game point total in program history, while the seven assists are tied for the second-best mark in W&L annals.  He now holds third-place by himself for career goals (168), moved into fourth all-time in career assists (110) and is just 12 points shy (278) of Matt Dugan's '01 career scoring record (290).

Cooleen also produced a career-best effort, finishing with a career-high eight points on a career-high five goals and a career-best three assists.  Londrey, Hudson and junior attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) all added two goals apiece, while junior midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) won 13-of-15 faceoffs and tallied a pair of assists.  Senior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) totaled three caused turnovers and two ground balls to lead a stingy defensive effort for the Blue & White.  Three goalkeepers played in the contest, led by sophomore Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's), who started the first 37:57 and logged six saves with two goals allowed.

Connor Sweeney finished with two goals and one assist for the Quakers, while junior midfielder Brennan Sweeney had two goals as well.  Junior Jack Rogers earned the loss in goal, starting he first 45:00 and totaling eight saves with 16 goals allowed.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Roanoke for a 2:00 pm contest.

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