LEXINGTON, Va. – The 19th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team scored nine goals in the second quarter en route to posting a 25-8 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals (9-5, 6-1) carried a 5-4 lead into the second stanza, but ripped off eight straight tallies before the Marlins (9-4, 4-3) stopped the run. Seven different players scored the eight goals led by junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy), who scored a pair and assisted on three others during the stretch. Senior attackman Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) stopped the bleeding for VWC with a goal at the 2:39 mark, but W&L responded with one more score in the quarter as sophomore midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) scored off an assist from Lewis with 20 seconds left before the half.
Virginia Wesleyan notched the first tally of the second half as sophomore attackman Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Hill Academy) scored unassisted just one minute into the third quarter, but the Generals responded with a five-goal run for a 19-6 lead with 4:10 left in the penultimate quarter. The Marlins added a score with 1:13 left in the quarter, but W&L began the fourth period with a six-goal stretch to run away with the victory.
Lewis paced the Generals with a career day, totaling four goals and five assists for nine points. Senior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) totaled two goals and three assists, while Zanetis finished with three goals and one assist. Junior attackmen Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) and Tyler Goldman (New York, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee), and first-year attackman Chris Comerford (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) all chipped in three points apiece.
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 W&L. Berenis made 11 saves with seven goals allowed in 44:13, while Devine made two saves with no goals allowed in 10:53. Cleary played the final 4:54, posting two saves with one goal allowed.
Currier led the Marlins with two goals and three assists. Pappas scored three goals and junior attackman Mike Moran (Woolrich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) added two goals as well. Junior Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) played the first 46:17 in goal, making 10 saves with 20 goals allowed. Sophomore Sean Galloway (Shady Side, Md./Southern) played 12:38 and made two saves with five goals allowed, and first-year Ian Baker (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) played the final 1:05 without facing a shot.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Shenandoah for a 7:00 pm contest.