VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Washington and Lee used a seven-goal run across the second and third periods to record a 15-7 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Foster Field.
The Marlins (10-5, 7-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 1:47 of the game and led 4-3 with 10:13 left in the second quarter following a goal by senior midfielder Devyn Kelly.
However, the game turned at that point as the Generals (11-6, 6-3) scored three goals in a span of 27 seconds for a 6-4 lead. Senior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) got the rally started with an unassisted tally at the 9:02 mark. Sophomore midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif./Redwood) then scored man-up off an assist from junior midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) eight seconds later to give W&L its first lead (5-4) of the game. Lewis then found senior attackman Alex Owen (Westwood, Mass./Noble and Greenough) for another goal at 8:35. Senior midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) and senior attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) added one goal each for an 8-4 lead at the break.
Dabir continued the onslaught with an unassisted score at 11:25 of the third period and he then found Owen for a goal at 8:18 to end the rally with a 10-4 lead.
VWC got a man-up goal from senior midfielder Joe Papetti off an assist from junior attackman Josh Currier at 6:56, but the Generals followed with a man-up goal of their own as Zanetis found Dabir to make it 11-5 at 5:30 of the third quarter.
The Marlins scored two straight to make it 11-7 with 14:49 to play but the Generals ended the game with four straight for the eight-goal final margin.
W&L held a 54-36 advantage on shots, 34-23 on ground balls and 16-9 on faceoffs. Dabir finished with five goals and one assist, while Paglia notched three goals and two assists. Lewis tallied one goal and two assists, and Zanetis notched three helpers. Junior Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) played all 60 minutes in goal and made 11 saves.
Currier paced the Marlins with one goal and four assists. Papetti and senior attackman Mike Moran added two goals each. Senior Rory Finnegan posted 18 saves in goal.
Washington and Lee will be the No. 5 seed for the ODAC Tournament and will travel to fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney on Tuesday. Game time is 4:30 pm.