LEXINGTON, Va. – Thirteen different players found the goal as the eighth-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team cruised to a 19-6 victory over Sewanee in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals broke open a 3-2 game early in the second period with a six-goal run that featured two goals and one assist each from senior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) and sophomore attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy). Dabir got the rally started at 12:37 of the second period with a man-up goal from junior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville), and Switala capped the run with goals at 8:38 and 5:39. Sewanee got a goal from senior midfielder James Millard (Alexandria, Va./Deerfield Academy) at 4:51, but sophomore attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) ended the first-half scoring with an unassisted goal at 3:32 for a 10-3 lead at the break.
W&L opened the third period with three straight goals in the opening 3:54 of the frame for a 13-3 lead at the 11:06 mark in securing the 13-goal victory.
The win improved W&L to 16-4 overall, tying the program record for wins in a season. The 2009 team went 16-4 overall, while the 2000 team finished 16-2. Sewanee dropped to 14-4 with the loss.
Switala paced the Generals in scoring with three goals and one assist. Dabir finished with two goals and one assist, while Lewis, senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and first-year midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) all scored two goals apiece. First-year midfielder Jack Clarke (Basking Ridge, N.J./Delbarton) and Wood both finished with three assists. Sophomore Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) started and played the first 52:21 in goal, making 14 saves with six goals allowed.
Senior midfielder Drew Lincoln (Princeton, N.J./The Hill School) paced the Tigers with two goals. Junior attackman Michael Morris (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) finished with one goal and two assists. Junior Tommy Healy (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) played the first 33:54 in goal, totaling five saves with 13 goals allowed. First-year Stephen Altizer (Alexandria, Va./St. Albans) played the final 26:06 and made six saves with six goals allowed.
Washington and Lee advances to the second round, where it will face 12th-ranked Salisbury on Saturday. The game time and location are to be determined. The Seagulls opened the tournament with a 22-2 win over Susquehanna.