LEXINGTON, Va.- In the 24th battle between Lexington's two collegiate lacrosse programs, the Washington & Lee Generals defeated the VMI Keydets 16-5 Saturday at VMI's Foster Stadium. W&L was paced by junior Scott Meehan's four goals and two assists, while VMI freshman Ross Whitehead scored two goals as both players earned the Worrell-Fallon Trophy, given to the team MVP from each squad.
The Generals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to Meehan, who scored three of his four goals in the first quarter. VMI got on the board early in the second frame, as Whitehead linked up with Keith Long to bring the score to 3-1 in favor of W&L. However, that was the closest the Keydets would get to taking the lead, as the Generals rattled off seven unanswered goals, three of which were man-up scores to carry a 10-1 lead minutes into the third quarter.
After VMI endured a nearly 16-minute run without scoring, Whitehead earned his second goal of the day with 8:47 left in the third to bring the score to 10-2 in favor of the Generals.
VMI earned a pair of goals with two minutes remaining, as junior attacker Colin Bosse scored twice, the latter coming off of a Bobby Davis assist, but all told, W&L outscored the Keydets 6-3 over the final 23 minutes-plus, accounting for the final margin of 16-5.
The Keydets did themselves in with 17 penalties on the afternoon, resulting in six W&L man-up goals. Additionally, the Generals outshot the Keydets by a 46-20 margin, and were 22-of-27 on clear attempts. Sophomore Jack Switala also had four goals and an assist for the Generals.
A pair of freshman saw time in the cage for VMI, as Pat Johnston got the start, and was later relieved by classmate Mark Hargrove in the third quarter. The pair combined to make 13 saves. The Keydets held a 43-35 ground ball advantage, and were also 17-of-26 on face offs, as juniors Chris Rossie was 10-of-15 and Stephen Robarge was 7-of-11.
Today's game marks the end of Fall Ball for both sides. VMI returns to action on Sat., Jan. 29 as the Keydets will host Mars Hill in a scrimmage at Foster Stadium.