EMMITSBURG -- For the first 15 minutes yesterday Division I Mount St. Mary's was giving a lacrosse lesson to Division III Washington & Lee.
The Mount took a 3-0 lead on goals by Matt Moran, Dave Gorelick and Matt Abraham and led, 6-1, at the end of the first quarter.
Then, everything turned around.
Washington & Lee sophomore Scott Mackley, son of Calvert Hall football coach Bill Mackley, scored three goals in the second period to help get the visiting Generals back in the game.
Washington & Lee, led by Weimi Douoguih with a game-high six goals, scored eight straight during one stretch in the second and third periods to take a 10-7 edge.
The Generals (10-2) ran the score to 17-10 and coasted to a 17-12 victory. Mount St. Mary's is 3-9 with one game left Wednesday at Lehigh.
"This is the way we've been all season," said second-year Mount coach Dan Whelan. "We have flashes of brilliance but we can't sustain. I guess that's what separates the good teams from the great ones."
Washington & Lee is hardly a great team, but it is on the rise under coach Jimmy Stagnitta, who played for and coached with Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman at Penn.
"This was the first time this year we've gotten off to a bad start like this," said Stagnitta. "Mount St. Mary's transition game gave us trouble early in the game. We may be a little tired. We're playing four games in nine days."
Douoguih, a product of Montclair Kimberly Prep in New Jersey, ran his season's scoring totals to 37 goals and 23 assists.
"I think we're a late season team," said Douoguih. "Last year we were frustrated when we didn't get in the Division III playoffs. This year we're determined to get in the playoffs.
"If we beat Roanoke next Thursday," said Stagnitta, "I think we're in the playoffs."
Mackley, who played at John Carroll High, had four goals for the winners. He couldn't figure out why Washington & Lee took so long to get going.
"We stayed in Frederick Friday night," he said, "so it wasn't as if we got right off the bus and played. I'm just glad we finally got it going."
Mike Rice, a junior attackman from Howard High, was the leading scorer for Mount St. Mary's with three goals and three assists. Dave Gorelick, the Mount's leading scorer for the year (28, 9), added two goals.
A Parents' Day crowd of 1,000 watched the Mount outshoot Washington & Lee, 47-36, win the battle for ground balls, 57-55, and the faceoffs, 19-12. Three of the Generals' goals came on extra-man plays.
"We're still a little short of talent," said the Mount's Whelan. "We have nine or 10 commitments for next year and we're waiting on six or seven. If we get 15 kids, it'll help a lot."