Defense Carries W&L Men's Lax to a 7-4 Win Over CNU

Defense Carries W&L Men's Lax to a 7-4 Win Over CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team held Christopher Newport scoreless for the final 38:43 of the game in producing a 7-4 win on Saturday afternoon at Captains Field.

Neither team scored in the second half of a penalty-filled game that featured a combined 18 penalties for a total of 20 minutes.

Christopher Newport (0-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game on a goal by junior midfielder Kyle Pasta off an assist from junior midfielder Chase Walton.  However, the Generals (2-0) used a 3-goal run to assume a 3-1 lead with 4:14 left in the quarter. 

Senior midfielder Sam Mott (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) started the spurt with a man-up goal at 11:55 off of an assist by junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy).  The penalty was non-releaseable and the Generals tallied another goal just 40 seconds later when junior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) found the net off a feed from first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy).  First-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) capped the run with a goal off a Dabir helper with 4:14 left in the opening period.

Senior attackman John Glaser scored at 2:36 of the first quarter and again man-up at 12:59 of the second quarter to knot the game at 3-3, but the Generals took the lead back just 1:52 later on a Paglia goal off of a Switala assist.

The Captains again pulled even at 4-4 on an unassisted tally by first-year midfielder Devin Bushweller at 8:43, but the Generals took the lead for good when senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) scored man-up off another Dabir assist.  Mott scored at 4:56 for a two-goal lead and Paglia capped the scoring with a man-up goal from Dabir with 1:59 left in the half for a 7-4 lead.

W&L played on defense for much of the second half, but consistently killed CNU's man-up opportunities, including a two minute non-releaseable penalty with 4:12 remaining in the game.  The Captains finished just 1-of-9 with the extra man, while W&L was 4-for-9 while man-up.

Sophomore goalkeeper Patrick Jennings (Reisterstown, Md./Boys' Latin) turned away a number of point-blank opportunities in the game, registering 10 saves while playing all 60 minutes for the Generals.  Paglia finished with three goals, while Dabir had four assists.  Mott scored two goals and Switala had one goal and one assist.

Glaser led the Captains with two goals.  Junior Andy McGregor also played the duration in goal for CNU, making 12 saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on February 26 as it hosts 15th-ranked Denison for a 1:00 pm contest.