Fourth Quarter Carries W&L Men's Lax Past WAC, 8-6

Fourth Quarter Carries W&L Men's Lax Past WAC, 8-6

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee scored a pair of fourth quarter goals en route to posting an 8-6 victory over Washington College in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The two teams entered the final period tied at 6-6, but the Generals (2-1) took over in the final 15 minutes of play, outshooting the Shoreman (0-1) by a count of 11-2 in the frame. 

W&L took the lead at the 13:12 mark when junior midfielder Joe Perrella (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood) dodged to the right side of the goal and fed senior midfielder Graeme Weaver (Newtown Square, Pa. / Malvern Prep) with a pass to the middle that Weaver sent past WC sophomore goalkeeper Ben Flood (Atlanta, Ga. / Lovett School). 

Senior midfielder Max Hutson (Houston, Texas / Episcopal) provided an insurance tally with 8:22 remaining when he beat Flood off the hip for an 8-6 advantage.  The W&L defense took over from there, forcing four turnovers and allowing no shots in the final 6:21 of the contest.

It looked as though W&L would run away with things early, as the Generals jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 3:21 into the game.  Sophomore attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster) provided one goal and one assist during the opening run, while Perrella and first-year attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) notched the other two tallies.

The Shoremen got on the board with 9:39 left in the first period on a goal by sophomore attackman Tanner Barbieri (Wayne, N.J. / St. Peter's Prep), and Washington College went on to score three of the next four goals to draw even at 4-4 with 7:51 left in the second quarter.  W&L wrestled the lead back on an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) at the 2:41 mark, but Barbieri ensured that the teams would go into the half tied at 5-5 when he scored unassisted with just 53 second left.

Zanetis scored a second goal at 11:44 of the third, but WC drew even just 10 seconds later when sophomore midfielder Austin Hepburn (Radnor, Pa. / Haverford School) found the back of the net off the ensuing faceoff.

Washington held a 34-30 edge in shots and a 29-25 advantage in ground balls.  The Shoremen also won 11-of-16 faceoffs.

Zanetis scored a team-best two goals for W&L, while Dardani, Weaver and Perrella contributed one goal and one assist each.  Sophomore defenseman Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien) led the defensive effort with three caused turnovers and four ground balls.  Senior Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) was steady in goal once again for the Generals, totaling 13 saves in 60 minutes of action.

Barbieri paced the Shoremen with three goals and one assist.  Flood played the duration in goal and notched nine saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Franklin & Marshall for a 2:00 pm contest.

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