Washington And Lee vs. Widener
May 8, 2002
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior midfielder Rob Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) scored a career-high three goals and added two assists to help lead the Generals past Widener in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The game featured a total of 19 penalties, including 13 called on W&L for a total of 11 minutes. The Pioneers converted on 5-of-11 extra man attempts.

Widener (12-4) opened the scoring as junior midfielder Steve Littlewood (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored unassisted just 55 seconds into the game. The Generals (13-3) responded with a three-goal run to assume a 3-1 lead with 5:04 remaining in the opening quarter. Senior midfielder John Moore (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) scored one goal and assisted on another during the stretch.

The Pioneers answered back to tie the game at 3-3 with 13:41 remaining in the second quarter on goals by sophomore attackman Brian Manion (Malvern, Pa./Episcopal) and senior attackman Mike Zolochik (Prospect Park, Pa./Monsignor Bonner).

The Generals regained the lead with 9:21 left in the second period as Moore found the net off an assist from Brown. Brown then scored unassisted with 5:31 left in the half for a 5-3 W&L lead. Manion answered with another goal with 1:30 remaining in the half, but Brown found the net again for the Generals with nine seconds remaining to give W&L a 6-4 lead at the break.

W&L began the second half with a three-goal run to assume a 9-4 lead with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter and never looked back in claiming the five-goal victory.

In addition to Brown's heroics, the Generals received two goals and two assists from Moore, three goals from sophomore attackman Matt Fink (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall) and one goal and two assists from freshman attackman Gavin Molinelli (Northport, N.Y./Northport). Sophomore Ansel Sanders (Weems, Va./Woodberry Forest) notched 11 saves in goal.

Widener was led by Zolochik's three goals and two assists, while Manion added three goals and one assist. Junior Pat Carmack (Chantilly, Va./Gonzaga) and sophomore Don Manard (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) each played 30 minutes in goal. Carmack posted nine saves, while Manard logged 10 stops.

W&L will now travel to Washington College for a match-up with the Shoremen in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. The game will be played on either Saturday or Sunday with a game time yet to be determined.