LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) broke Old Dominion Athletic Conference records for career passing attempts (882) and career passing yards (6,130) by completing 15-of-25 attempts for 203 yards and a touchdown in a 40-13 win over Swarthmore on Saturday afternoon.
The Generals (5-5) got on the board with 6:13 remaining in the opening quarter as Batcheller connected with freshman tight end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Episcopal) on a four-yard touchdown pass to give W&L a 7-0 lead.
W&L would improve its lead to 14-0 with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter as freshman running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) scored on a 94-yard run, the longest run in W&L history.
Batcheller then scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception from freshman quarterback Robert Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) with 12:08 remaining in the second quarter to give W&L a 21-0 lead.
The Generals would go into the halftime with a 28-0 lead after Sullivan scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a four-yard run with 6:48 remaining in the half.
After a pair of W&L field goals in the third quarter, Swarthmore got on the board when junior quarterback Scott Murray (New Yrok, N.Y./Stuyvesant) hit junior tight end Charlie Ellis (Vienna, Va./Thomas Jefferson) with an eight-yard scoring pass. The extra point was blocked and W&L led 34-6.
W&L tallied its final points of the game as freshman running back Dyllan Rankin (Statesville, N.C./Woodberry Forest) scored on a three-yard run with 7:33 remaining in the game to give the Generals a 40-6 lead.
Swarthmore (1-8) added a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining as senior quarterback Ford OÕConnell (Boston, Mass./St. PaulÕs) hit freshman tight end Robert Melick (Thiensville, Wisc./University of Milwaukee School) with a two-yard touchdown pass to make the score 40-13.
Sullivan led the W&L offense with 16 carries for a career-high 163 yards. He also caught two passes for 48 yards and returned two kickoffs for 32 yards to total 243 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon School) caught 11 passes for 131 yards, breaking the school record for career receptions (155) held by Tony Perry (1973-76).
Murray completed 12-of-23 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown to lead the Garnet Tide offense. Sophomore wide receiver Keith McManimen (Rosemont, Pa./Radnor) hauled in five passes for 41 yards and freshman running back Ken Clark (Farmingham, Conn./Taft School) rushed 14 times for 38 yards.
The W&L defense was led by sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day), who totaled nine tackles, one sack, and one pass breakup.
The Swarthmore defense was paced by junior defensive back Tony Hillery (College Park, Md./DeMatha), who totaled 12 tackles.
EMORY, Va. -- Washington and Lee missed a go-ahead 35-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining, and dropped a 23-21 decision to the Wasps of Emory and Henry on Saturday afternoon.
The Wasps jumped ahead with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter when wideout Jason Gardner hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Olexy. Emory & Henry extended its lead to 10-0 over the Generals when Chris Epperly booted a 31-yard field goal just 2:47 into the second quarter. W&L senior fullback Scott Moses (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) cut the lead to 10-7 just 2:01 later with a one-yard touchdown run. The Wasps scored just before halftime on an Olexy five-yard run, making the score 17-7 at the break.
W&L came out on fire in the second half, with Moses once again scoring on a one-yard run. The touchdown and extra-point sliced the E&H lead to 17-14 with 10:12 left in the third. W&L then took its only lead of the day at 21-17 when junior wide reciever Wes Hardy (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) snatched a 18-yard pass from senior signal-caller Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) at the 2:11 mark of the third quarter. W&L would hold the lead until Wasp tailback Oliver Jordan scored on a 40-yard scamper with 4:16 left in the game. W&L defensive lineman Jeff McIntyre (Montgomery, Ala./St. James) gave the Generals a chance to win with a field goal when he blocked the extra point attempt by Epperly, making the score 23-21 in favor of the Wasps. W&L was able to drive into field goal range at the E&H 18-yard line, but sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) misfired, allowing the Wasps to claim their 17th consecutive victory in the series.
W&L was led on offense by freshman tailback Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/ Alamo Heights), who rushed the ball 26 times for 144 yards. Batcheller was 9-of-25 on the day for 104 yards through the air. Junior safety Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) led the defense with 10 tackles. W&L sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) tallied nine tackles, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup on the day.
With the loss, W&L drops to 4-5 overall and ends its ODAC season at 3-3.
The Generals wrap up their season next Saturday against Swarthmore in Lexington, Va. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee scored 24 points in the final 1:06 of the fourth quarter and overtime to defeat Bridgewater, 44-38, in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
W&L trailed 31-20 with 3:59 remaining in the fourth quarter as Bridgewater senior wide receiver Robert Ziegenfuss (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jason Lutz (Basye, Va./Stonewall Jackson).
The Generals then responded on their next drive as sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) booted a 28-yard field goal, his school-record tying third of the day, with 1:06 remaining. It pulled W&L to within eight points of the Eagles (31-23).
W&L freshman cornerback Matt Conners (Burke, Va./Robinson) then recovered an onside kick by junior placekicker Andy Vendig (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) to give the Generals the ball on their own 49-yard line.
The Generals then drove to the Bridgewater 12-yard line before senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) hit senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) with a 12-yard touchdown pass to make the score 31-29 with 38 seconds remaining. The reception gave Malatesta the W&L record for career receiving yards (2,139). The Generals' two-point conversion attempt was good as Batcheller hit Malatesta to tie the game at 31-31.
Bridgewater ran out the clock and the two teams headed to overtime.
In the extra frames, Bridgewater scored first as sophomore running back Davon Cruz (Glen Burnie, Md./Allegheny) produced a two-yard touchdown run to make the score 38-31.
Washington and Lee retaliated on its first play in its first-ever overtime game as freshman running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) hauled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Batcheller to make the score 38-38.
In the second overtime, W&L received the ball on offense first and scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Batcheller to Malatesta. The PAT attempt failed and W&L led 44-38. The Generals then stopped Bridgewater on four plays to emerge with the victory, its third in a row.
The Eagles amassed a season-high 479 yards of total offense, led by Cruz's 116 yards rushing and one touchdown. Lutz completed 16-of-26 attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 10 touchdown passes on the season, a Bridgewater record. Ziegenfuss caught a career-high 10 passes for a career-high 121 yards and one touchdown.
Washington and Lee was led by Batcheller, who completed 24-of-44 attempts for 309 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns. Malatesta hauled in 10 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 16 career touchdown receptions which ties the W&L record.
Junior linebacker Jason Lipsey (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) led the W&L defensive unit with a career-high 25 tackles, two of which were for a loss.
Washington and Lee will look for its fourth win in a row as it travels to Emory & Henry for a 1:00 pm contest with the Wasps.
SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Washington and Lee football team improved to 3-4 on the season with a come-from-behind 31-28 victory over the Tigers of Sewanee.
Sewanee (4-3) jumped ahead early when quarterback Max Fuller hit wideout David Witt from 10 yards out only 10:46 into the first. The Tigers extended their lead to 14-0 when Fuller took a quarterback plunge into the endzone from the one-yard line. W&L freshman tailback Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/ Alamo Heights) cut the lead in half on a two-yard touchdown run with only 1:53 gone by in the second quarter. W&L tied the game at the 6:55 mark of the second when senior fullback Scott Moses (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) took the ball into the endzone from two-yards out. The teams went into halftime with the game knotted at 14 points apiece.
The Generals (3-4) once again found themselves in a hole when the Sewanee defense picked off a pass on the W&L 10-yard line and carried it into the endzone for a 21-14 lead with only 2:54 gone-by in the third quarter. Washington and Lee once again retaliated, this time with a 41-yard touchdown pass from senior signal-caller Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) to freshman tight-end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Episcopal) at the 14:26 mark of the fourth quarter.
Fuller tallied what proved to be the Tigers final points just 3:04 later when he once again called his own number from two-yards out, making the score 28-21. W&L began its final comeback at the 5:09 mark when junior placekicker Andy Vendig (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) booted a 34-yard field goal to cut the Sewanee lead to 28-24. Sullivan then scored the winning touchdown for W&L on a four-yard carry, putting the Generals ahead 31-28 with 4:21 left in the game.
W&L was able to stop the Tigers on their final effort to score. The Sewanee drive ended when W&L sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) recovered a fumble inside W&L territory with only :50 left in the game. On the day, Bahl tallied 15 tackles, four fumble recoveries, a quarterback sack, and a pass deflection.
Batcheller completed 13-of-27 pass attempts for 197 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. White caught four passes for 86 yards and a TD, while Sullivan had six catches for 81 yards.
The Generals return to action next week against red-hot Bridgewater College in Lexington, Va. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Freshman running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown and senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) threw for 287 yards and two scores as Washington and Lee ruined Hampden-Sydney's homecoming with a 24-12 win over the Tigers.
Batcheller put the Generals up 7-0 with 12:14 remaining in the second quarter as he hit freshman tight end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) with a 22-yard touchdown pass. He then put the Generals up 14-0 exactly four minutes later, hitting senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) with a 20-yard scoring strike.
The Tigers (1-5, 0-4) would then retaliate as running back Kevin Tucker scored on a three-yard plunge with 3:14 remaining in the half to cut the W&L lead to 14-6. The extra point attempt was blocked.
W&L (2-4, 2-2) would add another touchdown before the half, this time on a 16-yard run by Sullivan with 1:46 remaining to give the Generals a 21-6 halftime advantage.
Both teams remained scoreless until 10:14 remained in the game, when junior placekicker Andy Vendig (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) booted a 31-yard field goal to put W&L ahead, 24-6.
Hampden-Sydney would respond on an 18-yard scoring strike from quarterback Walt Bondurant to tight end Matt Niemaseck with 8:13 remaining to make the score 24-12. The Tigers two-point conversion failed. W&L held the Tigers in check for the remainder of the game for the 24-12 victory.
Batcheller completed 23-of-33 attempts and became the W&L leader in career touchdown tosses surpassing Brooks Fischer (35). Malatesta caught eight passes for 102 yards, marking the fourth-straight game he has gone over 100 yards receiving. White also snagged five passes for 92 yards. Bondurant led the Sydney offense, going 15-of-31 for 170 yards.
The Generals defense was led by junior free safety Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), who recorded a game-high 14 tackles and an interception.
Washington and Lee will next compete on Saturday, Oct. 23, as it travels to University of the South. Gametime is set for 1:30 pm Central Standard Time.
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) surpassed Brooks Fischer (1993-96) as the schoolÕs career leader in passing yards (5,030) and total offense (5,282) in a 35-28 loss to Davidson on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals (1-4) jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead on a pair of touchdown runs by freshman tailback Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights). Sullivan scored his first touchdown on a seven-yard scamper with 5:37 remaining and his second on a 28-yard run with 3:04 left.
Davidson (3-3) answered on a one-yard scoring run by senior quarterback Shaun Tyrance (Garner, N.C./Garner) with just 35 seconds gone-by in the second quarter and tied the game when junior Corey Crawford (Newton, N.C./Maiden) returned a blocked punt 29 yards for a touchdown with 6:48 remaining in the first half.
However, W&L would answer with 2:03 remaining in the half when Batcheller scored on an 18-yard run to put the Generals up 21-14.
Once again, Davidson retaliated, this time with just 15 seconds remaining in the half as Tyrance found junior running back John DeBord (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) with a 12-yard scoring strike to send the two teams into the half tied at 21-21.
Riding momentum, the Wildcats assumed their first lead of the game just 43 seconds into the third quarter as Tyrance found senior wide receiver Roland Williams (Corpus Christi, Texas/Flour Bluff) with a 62-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-21.
W&L tied the game on a one-yard touchdown plunge by senior fullback Scott Moses (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) with 8:06 left in the third, but Davidson added another score on a 29-yard touchdown reception by freshman wide receiver Mike Chase (Medina, Ohio/Medina) with 1:27 left in the third to give the Wildcats a 35-28 lead which they would not relinquish.
The Generals drove to the Davidson 22-yard line with 1:31 remaining, but the Wildcats defense held on a fourth down conversion attempt to provide their offense with an opportunity to run out the clock.
Batcheller completed 18-of-33 attempts for 203 yards and ran for another 59 yards to lead the GeneralsÕ offense. Sullivan rushed for 111 yards on 25 carries, while senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) hauled in seven passes for 107 yards.
The Wildcats were led offensively by Tyrance, who completed 17-of-26 attempts for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Williams caught six passes for 114 yards and sophomore fullback Ryan Pagan (Apopka, Fla./Lake Brantley) carried 22 times for 116 yards.
Washington and Lee will next compete on Saturday, Oct. 16, as it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest.
ASHLAND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee football team dropped to (1-3 overall, 1-2 ODAC) on the season with a 30-23 loss against the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon.
The game proved to be an offensive explosion featuring the two high powered passing attacks. For the game, the Yellow Jackets outgained the Generals by a count of 458-448. Most of the yards came through the air, as Randolph-Macon quarterback Brian Partlow shattered the ODAC record for passing yards with 405. W&L senior signal-caller Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) finished the game completing 30 of 48 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. The 322 passing yards for Batcheller is a new career high. He also tied the W&L school record for career touchdown passes (33).
Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington D.C./Landon) opened the scoring just 1:50 into the game when he hauled in a 15 yard pass from Batcheller. Sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano) added the extra point to give the Generals a 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets retaliated with a 30 yard field goal by Kevin Cherwa with 1:43 left in the first quarter. Randolph-Macon tallied their first touchdown just :19 into the second quarter on an 80 yard touchdown pass from Partlow to Michael Becker. With 2:37 left in the half, Sean Eaton took a six yard pass from Partlow into the end-zone giving the Yellow Jackets a 16-7 lead. The Generals cut the score to 16-14 just before halftime when Batcheller hit Malatesta from five yards out with just :32 on the clock.
W&L regained the lead at the onset of the second half when freshman tight-end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Episcopal) took a Batcheller pass 41 yards into the endzone for a 20-16 General lead. Macon once again had the answer, this time a 19 yard pass from Partlow to Derrick Jacks with :04 left in the third. The Yellow Jackets added one more touchdown, a seven yard reception by Tom Bush, making the score 30-20 with 9:06 remaining. Junior placekicker Andy Vendig (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) capped the scoring for W&L on a 25 yard field goal with 4:00 left in the game. Following the field goal, the Yellow Jackets were able to run out the clock for their first ODAC victory of the season.
Malatesta totaled 11 receptions on the day for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman tailback Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/ Alamo Heights) led the Generals on the ground with 18 rushes for 88 yards. Sophomore defensive back Christopher Shortall (San Anselmo, Calif./Marin Catholic) had a stellar game on defense for W&L, collecting nine tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
The Generals return to action next week against Davidson College in Lexington. The homecoming game will take place at 1:30 PM.
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee defense tied a school record with seven sacks and came back from a 10-0 second quarter deficit to defeat Centre College, 23-17, in Lexington, Va., on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonels (2-1) began the scoring with 13:27 remaining in the second quarter as senior placekicker Jason Engel (Erlanger, Ky./Lloyd) booted a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Centre would then take a 10-0 lead as senior quarterback Drew Mildren (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) hit senior wide receiver Josh Elliott (Limestone, Tenn./Daniel Boone) on an eight-yard touchdown strike with 6:54 remaining in the opening half.
W&L (1-2, 1-1) countered with a four-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) to freshman tight end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Episcopal) with :19 remaining in the half to cut the Colonels lead to 10-7.
W&L assumed a 14-10 lead on its opening possession of the second half as junior running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) broke off a 53-yard run to begin the series and capped it off with a four-yard scamper with just 1:37 gone-by in the third quarter.
Centre would answer nearly one quarter later as Mildren scored on a quarterback sneak from one-yard out to knot the game at 17-17 with 14:24 remaining.
The Generals answered with 7:42 remaining on the clock as Batcheller scored on an 11-yard run to make the score 23-17 in favor of Washington and Lee. The point after touchdown was missed.
Centre had one last chance to win the game as it began its final possession of the game on its own one-yard line with 1:27 remaining. The Colonels drove the ball to the Washington and Lee 39-yard line with 12 seconds remaining before Mildren was sacked by junior nose tackle Mike Navalkowsky (Mt. Joy, Pa./Donegal) for a 20-yard loss as time expired.
The Washington and Lee offense was led by Watson, who rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) caught six balls for 167 yards and Batcheller completed 14-of-24 attempts for 248 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, senior defensive end Michael Moore (Houston, Texas/Lamar) recorded seven tackles and a career-high four sacks.
Centre was led offensively by senior running back Kevin Chapman (Louisville, Ky./Male), who rushed for 127 yards on 24 carries. Mildren completed 20-of-35 attempts for 219 yards and one touchdown.
Washington and Lee will next compete on Saturday, Oct. 2, as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore placekicker Luke Southam (Miami, Fla./Miami Country Day) booted a 24-yard field goal with :21 remaining to lift Guilford to a 22-20 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.
W&L junior tailback Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) scored on a 19-yard run with 4:11 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Generals (0-2, 0-1) a 20-19 lead. W&LÕs attempt for a two-point conversion failed. Guilford then produced an 11-play, 67-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
Guilford opened the scoring with 10:08 remaining in the opening quarter as freshman quarterback David Hessler (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) scored on a two-yard plunge to take a 6-0 lead. The QuakersÕ (2-0, 1-0) attempt at a two-point conversion then failed. With 1:07 remaining in the opening quarter, Hessler scored on another two-yard scamper to give Guilford a 12-0 lead. Another attempt for a two-point conversion failed and the two teams went scoreless for the remainder of the half as the Quakers held a 12-0 advantage at the break.
In the second half, W&L began a comeback as freshman tight end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Episcopal) hauled in a 23-yard scoring strike from senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) to bring the Generals within 12-7 with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter.
Following another Guilford touchdown, this time on a 1-yard run by sophomore fullback Jeff Faulkner (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Cocoa Beach), the Generals retaliated with a 27-yard scoring strike from Batcheller to Watson to make the score 19-14 in favor of Guilford. The score would remain 19-14 until WatsonÕs tally that gave the Generals the lead.
For the game, Watson rushed 26 times for 114 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 24 yards and another touchdown. He also amassed 64 yards on kickoff returns for 202 all-purpose yards. Batcheller completed nine-of-20 attempts for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) led the GeneralsÕ defense with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Guilford was led offensively by junior tailback Marques Williams (Riviera Beach, Fla./Suncoast), who rushed for a team-high 112 yards on 26 carries. Hessler completed 17-of-22 attempts for 226 yards through the air.
W&L will return to action on Saturday, September 25, when it hosts Centre College in a 1:00 pm contest.
BALTIMORE, Md.. -- The Washington and Lee Football Team opened their season Saturday with a 31-14 loss against the Blue Jays (1-0) of Johns Hopkins. The Generals (0-1) proved a worthy competitor, outgaining the Blue Jays 412-373 in total yards. W&L had numerous opportunities to close the gap on Hopkins, but two interceptions inside the 15 yard line proved costly, ending scoring drives.
Junior running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) led the Generals in rushing with 108 yards on 24 carries. Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) passed for 255 yards while completing 23 of his 34 pass attempts. Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington D.C./Landon) led the Generals in receiving with 108 yards on eight receptions.
Watson got the Generals on the board as time ran out in the first quarter when he scampered into the endzone from 24 yards out. Sophomore kicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano) added the extra point to bring W&L within a 10-7 score. Hopkins eventually extended the lead to 24-7 at the midpoint of the third quarter. Senior fullback Scott Moses (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) then added the Generals' second touchdown on a seven yard run.
On the defensive side of the ball, Washington and Lee was led by junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) with 12 tackles. Sophomore defensive tackle Jeff McIntyre (Montgomery Ala./St. James) added eight tackles and a quarterback sack.
The Generals return to action next week against the Guilford Quakers in Lexington. The game against Guilford will mark W&L's first game against an ODAC opponent this season. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.