LEXINGTON, Va. – The 15th-ranked Denison men's lacrosse team used runs of seven goals and six goals to defeat Washington and Lee, 15-9, on Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field.
W&L (2-1) first-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) tied the game at 1-1 when he scored off an assist from first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) with 5:20 left in the opening quarter, but the Big Red (2-0) started their first run when senior attackman Corey Couture (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) found the net unassisted with 10 seconds left in the quarter.
The Denison run continued when senior midfielder Zach Walsh (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) scored off an assist from Alex Hardt (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Episcopal) just 2:53 into the second quarter and continued until Austin Campbell scored off a Couture feed with 4:45 left in the first half. Hardt and sophomore attackman Eddie Vita (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) both scored twice during the seven-goal run that gave the Big Red an 8-1 advantage.
Paglia scored his second goal of the game off an assist from first-year attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) with 1:59 left in the half, but Vita struck for Denison with 12 seconds remaining for a 9-2 halftime lead.
Vita's goal was the first in a six-goal run that pushed the Denison lead out to 14-2 with 13:58 remaining in the game.
The Generals put together a late run of six straight goals in the final 10:53 of the game, featuring one goal and one assist by junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley) and a pair of assists from junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant), but it was too little too late as the Big Red walked away with the win.
Means led W&L with two goals and one assist, while Paglia had two goals. Dabir tallied one goal and two assists, and Heinsohn notched two assists. Sophomore Patrick Jennings (Reisterstown, Md./Boys' Latin) and first-year Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) both played in goal for the Generals. Jennings posted seven saves with 13 goals allowed in the opening 45 minutes, while Berenis had one save with two goals-against in the final quarter.
Hardt led the Big Red with four goals and one assist, while Walsh had four goals. Vita had three goals and two helpers, and Couture logged two goals and three assists. Junior Nick Petracca (Manhasset, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee) played a majority of the game in goal (57:07) and recorded nine saves with nine goals allowed.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Washington College for a 1:00 pm contest.
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