Vmi vs. Washington And Lee
April 13, 2005
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI erased an early 1-0 deficit and went on to beat Washington & Lee 12-4 in the 18th annual Lee-Jackson Lacrosse Classic held earlier Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Memorial Field. The victory is just the second triumph for the Keydets’ in the history of the series, their first since the inaugural game was played in 1988 which VMI won 15-9 at Wilson Field at Washington and Lee. The victory ended a two-game losing streak for the Keydets who improve to 5-5 overall while the Generals fall to 7-3.

Since 1996, both teams have had a most valuable player selected from the game with the honors formally called the Worrell-Fallon Awards. The awards are named after VMI alumnus DeWitt Worrell and former Washington and Lee football coach and lacrosse official Gary Fallon. Junior midfielder Tony Cavalero (Annandale, Va./Annandale) was the recipient of this year’s award for the Keydets following his top all-around performance in which he scored two goals, had an accurate shooting day with three of his four shots on goal, and went 9-for-13 on faceoffs. Cavalero also won the award in 2004 and is the only player from either school in the history of the series to be named MVP in consecutive years. Senior defenseman Eric Koch (Boontown, Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was honored for Washington & Lee. The VMI team was also presented with a formal plaque recognizing their first victory in the series in 17 years.

Seven different Keydets scored goals for VMI with junior attackman Robert Trimble (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) and junior attackman Will Collier (Centreville, Va./Woodberry Forest) leading the way with three goals apiece. Collier added one assist for a team-high four points. VMI also got a strong game on defense from junior goalkeeper Dan Frank (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) who made 10 saves.

The Generals were led by senior attackman Jack Murray (Earlysville, Va./Albermarle) who had two points on one goal and one assist.

Washington & Lee took an early 1-0 lead when junior midfielder Perrin Monroe (Washington, D.C./Phillips Exeter) scored unassisted with 13:41 left to play in the first quarter. That would be the only time VMI trailed in the game as they battled back to tie the score 1-1 just 1:30 later as senior attackman Gabe McCaig (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning West) assisted Trimble who found the back of the net. Collier added an unassisted goal with 5:04 left to play in the first quarter and that put VMI up 2-1 after one.

The Keydets opened things up and began to take control in the second quarter with a 4-1 scoring edge. Cavalero scored unassisted to give VMI a 3-1 lead before the Generals came back with a goal by senior attackman Gavin Molinelli (Northport, N.Y./Northport) to make it 3-2 VMI. The Keydets then would go a run, scoring five straight goals over a stretch that went into the third quarter. The first three of those goals came in the second quarter and gave VMI a 6-2 lead at the half.

“In the second quarter we were deliberate and we took quality shots,” VMI coach Doug Bartlett said. “We shared the scoring and we shed off the defense. We came together in every aspect of our game.”

The Keydets kept the Generals at bay in the third quarter with a 2-0 scoring edge as they picked up where they left off in the second quarter. Cavalero scored an unassisted goal about midway through the third quarter before Collier scored off an assist from McCaig with just 29 seconds left in the period. That gave VMI an 8-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Washington & Lee showed signs of rallying in the fourth quarter by scoring two goals in the first 5:10 of the period to pull within 9-4 with 9:50 to play. Those two goals were each unassisted with Koch scoring the first one and Murray scoring the other one which was a man-up goal. After the two teams went scoreless the next 3:50, the Keydets scored the last three goals of the game for the final margin.

VMI next plays St. Joseph’s in a conference game in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday, April 17.