LYNCHBURG, Va. – The 10th-ranked Lynchburg men's lacrosse team grabbed the lead with a 3-0 second-quarter run and never surrendered the advantage in posting an 11-8 victory over 19th-ranked Washington and Lee on Wednesday evening at Shellenberger Field.
W&L (8-5, 5-1) assumed a 1-0 lead at the 7:58 mark of the first quarter on an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman). However, the Hornets (10-4, 5-1) answered just four seconds later when first-year midfielder Harrison Brennan scored off the ensuing faceoff.
LC took a 2-1 lead at 5:52 on a goal by sophomore attackman Austin Stewart, but the Generals scored two straight to carry a 3-2 lead into the second quarter. Senior midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) won the faceoff following Stewart's goal and scored at 5:46, while junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) scored unassisted with 30 seconds left for the lead.
Lynchburg then assumed control during the second period when it held a 10-3 advantage on shots, scoring three tallies while keeping the Generals in check. Senior midfielder Rob Arnold scored two of the goals for LC, including the final score of the run with just 2.7 seconds left in the half for a 5-3 lead at the break.
W&L cut it to a 5-4 game when senior midfielder Jack Reuter (Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade) scored unassisted at 7:52, but Lynchburg answered with two straight scores by Stewart to push out to a 7-4 lead at 4:54. W&L sophomore midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) scored with 3:55 left and the teams entered the final period with LC holding a 7-5 advantage.
The Hornets scored three of the first four goals to start the fourth quarter, but the Generals cut it to a 10-8 game with 2:58 left on goals by sophomore midfielder Will Douthat (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) at 8:13 and junior attackman Tyler Goldman (New York, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee) at 2:58. However, W&L could get no closer and the Hornets added an open net tally with 34 seconds left to claim the victory.
For the game, W&L held a 42-34 advantage in shots, while LC won the ground ball battle, 25-18. The Generals also won 11-of-21 faceoffs.
Lewis, Goldman and Zanetis paced the W&L offense with one goal and one assist each. Junior Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played all 60 minutes in the goal, recording eight saves.
Stewart led the Hornets with four goals, while Arnold had three goals and one assist. Sophomore attachman Aaron Murphy added one goal and two assists, and junior Andrew Fawkes posted six saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 1:00 pm contest.