LEXINGTON, Va. – The 17th-ranked Denison men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in claiming a 13-3 victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday at Wilson Field.
The Big Red (1-0) outshot the Generals 18-2 in the first period, posting a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes on the strength of two goals from senior midfielder James Meager (Worthington, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) and a pair of assists from junior midfielder Jamie McCahan (Providence, R.I./Moses Brown).
Meager opened the second quarter with a third tally at the 14:04 mark and junior attackman Will Donohue (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) scored seven seconds later to give Denison a 6-0 lead at the 13:57 mark.
W&L (1-1) got on the board at 13:42 when senior midfielder Andrew Riehl (Reisterstown, Md. / St. Paul's) scored off an assist from senior attackman Austin Tamayo (Oviedo, Fla. / Lake Highland Prep). The Generals settled down following the rough opening quarter, but could not find the net again and Denison carried a 6-1 lead into the halftime break.
The Big Red opened the third period with a pair of goals, before sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) scored a pretty one-timed goal off an assist from senior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) with 5:16 left to make it an 8-2 game. Senior midfielder Graeme Weaver (Newtown Square, Pa. / Malvern Prep) added an unassisted goal for W&L in the fourth period as Denison continued to pull away for the win.
Denison held a 44-21 advantage on shots and a 41-19 edge on ground balls. The Big Red also won 14-of-20 faceoffs.
Senior goalkeeper Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) posted a game-high 13 saves between the pipes for W&L.
Meager paced Denison with three goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Blair Farinholt (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) tallied one goal and three assists, while first-year attackman Owen Armstrong (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) had two goals and one assist. Senior Chris Thomas (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) logged six saves in goal.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Washington College for a 1:00 pm contest.