Witherell Breaks W&L Scoring Record; Generals Best VWU, 15-5

A.J. Witherell

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) totaled two goals and two assists and became Washington and Lee's all-time scoring leader, as the 18th-ranked Generals defeated Virginia Wesleyan by a score of 15-5 in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Birdsong Field.

Matt Dugan '01 held the W&L record for career points (290) since 2001.  A.J. Witherell set the record at the 11:28 mark of the third quarter, assisting on a goal by his brother, sophomore attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum), which gave the Generals an 11-2 lead.

The Generals (10-4, 7-0) opened the game with five straight goals for a 5-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first period.  Five different players accounted for the goals, while junior midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) assisted on three of the five scores.

After Virginia Wesleyan (8-7, 3-5) got on the board with a goal by junior attackman Greg Gaetano at the 2:24 mark, the Blue & White scored four straight for a 9-1 lead at the break.  Hamill scored one goal and assisted on two more during the run.

Marlin sophomore midfielder Trevor Lalande began the second half scoring with an unassisted tally just 54 seconds into the penultimate quarter, but the Generals used another four-goal spurt to stretch out to a 13-2 lead at the 8:58 mark of the third period.  Junior midfielder Garrett Cannon (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) scored two of the goals, while Taylor Witherell notched one goal and one assist during the run.

W&L substituted liberally in the final 24 minutes of the contest and comfortably posted the 10-goal win, its sixth victory in a row.  With the win, the Generals also set a new program record for consecutive regular-season conference victories (18), a streak which dates back to the 2017 season.  The former record (17) covered the 1998-2001 seasons.

For the contest, W&L held advantages of 50-29 in shots, 35-27 in ground balls and 12-11 in faceoffs.  The Generals forced 28 VWU turnovers, but committed 20 themselves, 15 of which occurred in the second half.

Hamill paced the W&L offense with one goal and a career-high tying five assists.  A.J. Witherell notched his four points, while Taylor Witherell had two goals and one assist.  Cannon and junior midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) registered two goals each.  Sophomore Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) started in goal, playing the first 43:58 and recording five saves.  Junior Matt Lanigan (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Oratory Prep) and sophomore Will Atkins (Washington, D.C. / St. Albans) also played, combining for two saves across the final 16:02.

Gaetano scored two goals to lead the Virginia Wesleyan offense.  Junior Kyle Leeming played the duration on goal for the Marlins, posting 12 saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts 20th-ranked Lynchburg for a 1:00 pm contest.

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