Generals Hold off Late Rally by Tigers

LEXINGTON, Va. Junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) scored five goals to lead the 20th-ranked Washington & Lee lacrosse team to an 8-6 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (11-5, 8-1) held the Tigers (8-7, 6-3) scoreless for the first 25:19 of the game in building a 3-0 lead. Sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) scored unassisted twice and sophomore defenseman Bobby DeStefano (Edgewater, Md./Severn) found the goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Andrew Riehl (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's).

Hampden-Sydney got on the board with 4:41 left in the first half when junior attackman James Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) scored unassisted, but the Generals retaliated 14 seconds later when Lewis scored his first goal of the game unassisted for a 4-1 lead that W&L carried into the break.

Lewis opened the second half with a pair of goals 54 seconds apart to lengthen the lead to 6-1 at the 12:50 mark of the third quarter, before the Tigers added a score by first-year attackman Duncan Morris (Charlottesville, Va./Christchurch) at the 6:33 mark.

Lewis scored off an assist from junior attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) 32 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 7-2 lead. However, the Tigers made things interesting late by scoring four of the game's final five goals in the last 7:37 of the contest. Lewis scored his fifth goal at the 4:54 mark to make it 8-3.

The Tigers answered at 3:43 with a goal by sophomore midfielder Jake Koferl (Huntersville, N.C./Lake Norman) to make it 8-4. Hughes then scored at 1:38 and junior attackman Sam Rapaport (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk) found the net 10 seconds later to pull H-SC within two goals. However, the Generals were able to secure possession and run out the clock for the win, it's third straight over the Tigers.

W&L held advantages of 42-28 in shots, 35-22 in ground balls and 11-6 in faceoffs. Lewis' effort was supplemented by two goals and one assist from Paglia and a pair of assists from Dabir. Junior Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played all 60 minutes in goal, posting 11 saves.

Hughes led the Tigers with two goals and one assist, while Rapaport had two tallies. Morris added one goal and one assist, and junior goalie David Noftsinger (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) logged 13 saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.

With the win, W&L clinched a bye in the quarterfinal round of the ODAC Tournament. The Generals will return to action in a semifinal contest next Saturday. The opponent and location are yet to be determined.

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LEXINGTON, VA Washington & Lee held off a late Tigers rally to defeat Hampden-Sydney 8-6 on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers struggled throughout most of the game on offense due to strong pressure defense from the Generals. However, Washington & Lee got off to a slow start on offense as well. Garrett Pagglia posted the only goal of the first quarter off a poor clearance pass leading to an open net goal.

W&L opened the second quarter with two quick scores at 14:36 and 13:41, and H-SC got on board at 4:41 off a James Hughes (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) tally. Cam Lewis then reeled off the next three scores, one in the second quarter and two in the third, to put the hosts up 6-1 with 12:50 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers then mounted a furious comeback as the offense finally managed to crack the Generals defense. Duncan Morris (Charlottesville, VA/Christchurch) and Sam Rapoport (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond-Suffolk) each scored, but Lewis answered with a goal of his own to keep W&L up by five, 8-3, with just 4:54 left in the game.

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2014-04-26



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