For Immediate Release – 4/26/17 - #315
Two Runs Take Down 'Cats
LEXINGTON, VA – Washington and Lee University had two separate runs against the Randolph College men's lacrosse team on Wednesday. The Generals used those bursts to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game 24-7.
W&L began the game on a torrid pace, scoring five times in the first four and a half minutes. However, the WildCats made a comeback against one of the top teams in the country. Graham Southwick picked up the next ground ball, helping Prince Charles get the faceoff win. Ryan Campbell then had possession and he worked his way to goal, ripping one home and stopping the hosts' burst.
Matt Lindenbaum was able to come up with two big saves over the next minute, but Whit Griffin was able to tally for the home side. However, Randolph came back once again. Spencer Matthews forced a turnover on the ensuing W&L possession, and got the ball back to the 'Cats. Mitch MacDonald then found Christian Shanley, who hit the back of the net with his shot.
Lindenbam was called on to make another stop, and the ball came back on the other side. Campbell made another nice dodge, and cut the deficit to three with six and a half to play in the first. Lindenbaum stopped two more shots, over the next five minutes and Charles caused a TO during that time to keep the margin at three. However, Washington and Lee added two late tallies to take an 8-3 lead into the second.
Despite three saves by the junior and a caused turnover by McKinzie Garnett, the Generals were able to keep their run going. The hosts took a 16-3 lead into the break. That run continued out of the intermission, as W&L tallied the first three of the second half. James Stumpo helped keep it at that total, stopping two shots, while MacDonald caused a turnover.
Shortly after the third tally, Alex Leyva won the faceoff for the WildCats. It was at that time that Shane Soghomonian took possession. He used his speed to get by some defenders and he fired his shot into the back of the net. Leyva won another faceoff, and after a series of changes of possession, Southwick tallied his first of the night.
Washington and Lee responded at the beginning of the fourth, finding the back of the net four-straight times. Campbell added two late goals for the WildCats, but W&L earned the final win.
Campbell picked up two ground balls to go along with his four goals. Soghomonian and Matthews tied for a team-high four ground balls. Christian Spry led the defense with two CTs. Griffin and AJ Witherell each had four goals on the night for W&L (9-6 overall, 7-1 ODAC).
Randolph (5-11, 1-7) will play its final game of the year on Saturday against Guilford College (7-8, 2-6). As it will be the final home game, the eight seniors – Soghomonian, Southwick, Scott Wilkinson, Campbell, Garnett, Leyva, MacDonald, and Matthews – will be honored prior to the 1 p.m. game.