LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead following the first quarter and cruised to an 11-3 win over Ferrum in the season-opener for both teams on Tuesday evening at Wilson Field.
The Generals (1-0) got on the board just 52 seconds into the game when senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) scored off a feed from first-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman). Paglia then fed senior midfielder Sam Mott (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) for a man-up goal at the 8:08 mark, before scoring man-up himself off a feed from senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) at 4:44.
The Generals' lead grew to 4-0 on a Meehan goal off an assist from junior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) just 24 seconds later and Meehan scored again from sophomore midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) with 29 seconds left in the opening period for the 5-0 lead.
Ferrum (0-1) registered its first goal at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when sophomore attackman Dylan Burdick (Stafford, Va./Mountain View) scored man-up from sophomore midfielder Andrew Gibeau (Spring, Texas/Klein), but W&L used three straight goals to close the first half with an 8-1 lead.
Junior midfielder John Rehberger (Vienna, Va./Flint Hill) extended the lead to 9-1 when he won the opening faceoff of the third quarter and scored 12 seconds into the frame and Switala scored unassisted at the 7:24 mark for a 10-1 lead. Burdick scored a pair of goals in the fourth quarter for Ferrum, both assisted by sophomore attackman Andrew Senft (Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee), but the Panthers could get no closer as Means ended the scoring with a goal off an assist from Switala with 5:11 to play.
W&L held a 53-32 advantage in shots, 45-31 in ground balls and 14-4 in faceoffs. Meehan led the Generals with three goals and one assist, while Means had two goals and one helper. Paglia and Switala posted one goal and two assists each and Wood had two assists. Sophomore Patrick Jennings (Reisterstown, Md./Boys' Latin) played the duration in goal, making nine saves.
Ferrum was paced by Burdick's three goals and two assists from Senft. Junior Josh Liptak (Cary, N.C./Athens Drive) played all 60 minutes between the pipes, making 14 saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Christopher Newport for a 1:00 pm contest.
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