LEXINGTON, Va. – The 10th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team scored the final three goals of the game to post an 11-9 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Diplomats (2-2) and improved the Generals to 5-1 overall on the season.
F&M jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 10:35 of the game on the strength of two goals by senior midfielder A.J. Reichert (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro) and one by senior midfielder Tim Gaines (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's School).
W&L then scored two goals in a span of 32 seconds to pull within 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. Sophomore attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) got things started when he scored unassisted at 0:48 and then he fed junior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) for a man-up goal with 16 seconds left in the period.
The Diplomats then scored two straight for a 5-2 lead, before senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) ended the first half scoring with a goal off an assist from senior midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) at the 1:38 mark of the second quarter.
F&M reassumed a 3-goal lead when junior attackman Billy Kempner (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) scored off an assist from first-year attackman Michael Bossidy (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) just 5:54 into the third period, but the Generals retaliated with 2-straight tallies to pull within one goal (6-5) with 6:19 left in the period. Dabir scored from Brown at the 7:17 mark and Wood found rope from sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) just 58 seconds later.
The Diplomats once again took a 2-goal lead on the second goal of the day by senior midfielder Sean Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) with 5:24 left in the third period, but the Generals closed the quarter with 3-straight goals to assume an 8-7 lead heading into the final quarter. Means scored the first goal unassisted at the 4:02 mark and Paglia scored man-up from Dabir at 1:19 to knot the game at 8-8. Sophomore attackman Alex Owen (Westwood, Mass./Noble and Greenough) completed the run with a goal off a Dabir assist just 14 seconds later.
Franklin & Marshall began the fourth period with two goals to take the lead back (9-8), but W&L began its game-ending run with 8:36 left when junior midfielder Tim Werner (Westfield, N.J./St. Anne's-Belfield) scored man-up from Means. Means then scored man-up from Wood at 5:23, and Wood scored man-up from senior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) with 2:57 left to give the Generals a two-goal cushion and the win.
The teams each took 34 shots, while F&M held a 36-34 edge on ground balls. Each team took 12 faceoffs, but the difference was penalties. F&M was whistled for 10 fouls totaling 6:30 and the Generals committed just two penalities for 1:00. All told, W&L finished 5-for-9 on extra-man, while F&M finished 1-for-2.
Dabir tallied two goals and three assists, while Means and Wood both finished with three goals and one assist to lead W&L. Paglia had one goal and one assist and Brown notched two helpers. Sophomore Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) totaled 12 saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
Reichert and Kenny scored two goals each to lead the Diplomats. Kempner added one goal and one assist. Junior Cameron Setian (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) played the duration in goal and made 12 saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.