Washington And Lee vs. Vmi
April 25, 2006
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior goalkeeper Chris Lalli (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton) recorded 14 saves, all in the second half, including two in the final seconds, to lift the Generals to a 9-8 win over VMI in the 19th Annual Lee Jackson Lacrosse Classic held at the W&L Turf Field on Tuesday evening.

The Keydets (3-9) climbed back from a 9-5 hole with three straight goals in the final 4:36 to pull within 9-8 in the waning seconds. Sophomore attackman Kevin Hill (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) started the rally with a pair of goals just 28 seconds apart to bring VMI to within 9-7 with 4:08 remaining in the game. Senior midfielder Tony Cavalero (Annandale, Va./Annandale) found the net with 45 seconds remaining to give the Keydets a chance to tie the game. After a W&L turnover with just under 10 seconds remaining, Lalli recorded a save then stopped a point-blank rebound chance as time expired to preserve the win for the Generals.

Lalli was named the W&L recipient of the Worrell-Fallon Award as the game MVP, while Hill received the award for the Keydets.

VMI opened a 4-1 lead with 6:03 left in the first quarter on the strength of one goal and two assists by Hill. However, W&L ended the first half with four straight goals, including a man-up goals by freshman midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex) and freshman attackman Tim Skeen (Baltimore, Md./Towson), to take a 5-4 lead at the break.

The Generals (6-5) then scored four of the game's next five goals and Lalli made seven third quarter saves to give W&L its' 9-5 lead in the fourth period.

Skeen led W&L with two goals and two assists, while St. John and sophomore attackman Ned Rider (Manakin-Sabot, Va./Collegiate) scored two goals each. Junior midfielder Jim Ryan (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) added a pair of assists.

Hill paced the Keydets with four goals and two assists, while senior midfielder David Trimble (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) posted one goal and two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Josh Blechman (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) notched five saves in goal.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.