Washington College vs. Washington And Lee
February 26, 2005
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Eighth-ranked Washington and Lee jumped out to a 6-2 halftime lead and held off a second-half rally by fifth-ranked host Washington College to post a 7-6 win in the men's lacrosse season opener for both schools. Ned Rider led the Generals with two goals and two assists, while senior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored one goal and assisted on three others for the Shoremen.

Rider opened the scoring with 12:37 to play in the first quarter when he scored off an assist from Pat Collins. Washington answered on a goal by Spivey off an assist from sophomore attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L. Johnson) just nine seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. Alex Platia fired in an unassisted extra-man goal with 10:06 left in the first and Rider scored off a feed from Adam Chesbrough with 8:31 to go in the period to give the Generals a 3-1 lead. Spivey found Nolan for a goal with 22 seconds left in the quarter to cut the lead to 3-2.

Collins opened the second quarter scoring with an extra-man goal off an assist from Gavin Molinelli 53 seconds into the period. Rider assisted on goals by Grant Martin and Molinelli with 10:57 and 9:21 left in the second quarter, respectively, to give W&L a 6-2 lead at the half.

Neither team scored in the third quarter until Washington sophomore midfielder Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME) scored an extra-man goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Jason Hull (West Hartford, CT/Avon Old Farms) with 5:29 on the clock. Washington senior defenseman Kyle Mitten (Wilton, CT/Wilton) fired in an unassisted marker with 1;49 left in the period to trim the lead to 6-4.

W&L opened the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal by Collins with 11:51 on the clock to make it 7-4. Spivey found Ostrusky for a goal with 8:38 remaining to trim the lead back to two at 7-5. Washington freshman attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) then scored an extra-man goal off a Spivey assist with 4:56 to play to trim the lead to 7-6. W&L goalie Chris Lalli made to point-blank saves in the final minutes of play to seal the win for the Generals. Lalli stopped an Ostrusky shot with 2:06 remaining and a Spivey shot with 1:50 to go.

Lalli finished with 20 saves in the game and allowed five goals. Pat Casey played 39 seconds in goal for the Generals while Lalli served a penalty and made one save and allowed one goal. Collins joined Rider with multiple goals for W&L, tallying two goals and one assist. Molinelli finished with one goal and one assist.

In addition to Spivey's performance, Washington got two goals from Ostrusky and one goal and one assist from Nolan. Sophomore midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) won 11-of-15 faceoffs for the Shoremen. Junior goalie Kevin Thibadeau (Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) made 10 saves.

Washington held a 37-21 advantage in shots in the game, while W&L held a 30-27 edge in ground balls.

The Shoremen return to action next Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. home game against Cabrini.