SALEM, Va. – First-year goalkeeper Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) stopped a career-best 20 shots and senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) totaled a career-high five goals and two assists as the sixth-seeded Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team knocked off second-seeded Roanoke, 13-8, in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Kerr Stadium.
The teams finished the first quarter knotted at 3-3, but the Generals (10-8) scored five goals in the second period, including four by Meehan, to carry an 8-6 lead into halftime.
Meehan began the second quarter scoring at the 11:40 mark when he found the net man-up off an assist from first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy). Dabir then found Meehan for a man-up goal at 9:39 for a 5-3 lead.
Roanoke (11-4) pulled to within 5-4 on a goal by senior attackman Joey Coretti off an assist from junior attackman Conner DuBois at 8:08, but Meehan scored from junior midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) for a 6-4 W&L lead just 29 seconds later. Senior attackman Jeff Keating scored unassisted at 6:01 to pull Roanoke within 6-5, but Meehan scored from sophomore midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) at 5:54 and first-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) scored unassisted at 4:48 for an 8-5 lead. The Maroons added a Keating goal with 1:00 left in the half for the 8-6 score at the break.
Berenis heated up in the third quarter, posting six saves as the Generals held Roanoke scoreless during the third period. Paglia scored from Meehan at 8:27 and Dabir found rope unassisted at 3:18 for a 10-6 lead entering the final 15 minutes of play.
Means began the final quarter with a goal off an assist from Brown just 14 seconds in, but senior attackman Reid Mayberry beat Berenis just five seconds later to make it 11-7 with 14:41 to play. Dabir then scored from Meehan with 9:17 left and junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) scored unassisted with 4:54 left for a 13-7 lead.
Roanoke tacked on a goal with 31 seconds remaining, but Berenis turned back seven shots in the final quarter to send the Generals to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 2009.
Meehan's offensive effort was supported by three goals from Paglia, and two goals and two assists from Dabir. Means notched two goals, while Brown tallied a pair of assists.
Keating led Roanoke with three goals, while junior attackman Richard Lachlan notched two goals and one assist. Coretti added a pair of goals, and junior Mike Hardon and sophomore Charles Pease both played in goal for the Maroons. Hardon logged six saves with eight goals allowed in 41:07, while Pease played 18:53 and made two saves with five goals allowed.
Washington and Lee will advance to the ODAC Championship game which will be held on Saturday or Sunday against either top-seeded Lynchburg College or fifth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan. Those two teams meet in the other semifinal on Saturday evening.