March 22, 2014

W&L Men's Lacrosse Bests Guilford, 19-8

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Washington and Lee jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 2:28 of the game on its way to a 19-8 victory over Guilford in ODAC men's lacrosse on Saturday afternoon at the Armfield Athletic Center.

Junior attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) got things started just 52 seconds into the contest when he scored on an assist from senior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville).  Wood followed with an unassisted tally at the 13:25 mark and junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) scored off a feed from senior attackman Sean Gebhard (Fox Point, Wis./Marquette University School) just 25 seconds later for a 3-0 lead.  Senior midfielder Drew Kenavan (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro) then capped the opening rally with a goal off an assist from senior midfielder Jack Reuter (Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade) at 12:32.

Guilford (5-2, 0-2) responded to the Generals' (5-4, 2-0) opening surge with a 2-0 run to make it a 4-2 game at the 10:05 mark of the first period.  Sophomore attackman Daniel Hughey got the Quakers on the board with an unassisted goal at 10:38 and sophomore attackman Adam Fiore followed with a goal off a feed from sophomore defenseman Cam Davis 33 seconds later.

After second goals by Wood for W&L and Fiore from Guilford, the Generals used another four-goal run to push out to a 9-3 lead just 12 seconds into the second quarter.  Lewis and Dabir both scored their second goals of the game during the stretch, while junior midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) and senior midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) both found the net.  The Generals scored just one goal in the remaining 14:48 of the second quarter and Guilford added a pair of tallies to make it a 10-5 game at the halftime break.

Both teams played a scoreless third period until first-year midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) jump started a three-goal rally when he scored unassisted with 12:20 left in the game.  Mitchell won the ensuing faceoff and pitched the ball to Dabir, who fed Lewis for another score just seven seconds later.  The Quakers were called for a foul on the play and Lewis scored man-up from Dabir 26 seconds later for a 13-5 W&L lead at the 11:47 mark.

Guilford stunted the Generals' rally with a goal by senior midfielder Chase Clausen at the 11:20 mark, one of two tallies he sandwiched around a score by Wood that made it a 14-7 game with 9:16 remaining.  W&L scored five more goals, including a pair of scores by sophomore midfielder Kevin Katzmann (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset), to run away with the 11-goal victory, its third straight win.

The Generals held a 42-30 edge on shots and a 37-28 advantage on ground balls.  W&L also won 21-of-30 faceoffs, led by Mitchell, who won 18-of-21 draws to move into second-place all-time at W&L for career faceoff wins.  He is now 540-of-924 (.584) over his four seasons.

Lewis led the way with a career-high seven points on a career-best five goals and two assists.  Wood posted three goals and two assists, while Dabir notched two goals and three helpers.  Paglia and Katzmann added two goals each, while junior attackman Tyler Goldman (New York, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee) chipped in a career-best three assists.

Junior Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep), sophomore Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) and first-year Jason Cleary (Littleton, Colo./Mullen) all played in goal for the Generals.  Berenis spent the first 50:35 between the pipes, making eight saves with six goals allowed.  Devine registered two saves and allowed one goal in 7:03, and Cleary had one save and one goal allowed in 2:22.

Clausen and Fiore paced Guilford with two goals each.  Junior midfielder Duncan Fitzgerald added one goal and one assist.  Junior Thomas Deane spent the entire 60 minutes in goal, making 11 saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Roanoke for a 1:00 pm contest.

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