LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia Wesleyan jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back in claiming a 10-5 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
Neither team found the goal until 6:19 remained in the first period when the Marlins (9-5, 3-3) went on a three-goal run over a span of 1:44. VWC opened the scoring with a goal by sophomore attackman Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) off an assist from junior attackman Andrew Adamson (Marriottsville, Md./Mt. St. Joseph). Senior attackman Adam Nycz (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) then scored off a feed from senior midfielder Travis Puls (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) 52 seconds later, and first-year attackman Chad Kooser (Ferndale, Md./North County) scored unassisted at 4:35 for a 3-0 Marlins' lead.
W&L (6-8, 2-4) dented the scoreboard at 3:51 when first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) scored unassisted, but the Marlins tacked on three more scores for a 6-1 lead with 11:25 left in the half.
Sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) found rope off an assist from junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) at 6:07 for W&L, but VWC senior midfielder Kyle Wright (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) scored with 50 seconds left for a 7-2 Marlins' lead at the break.
The two teams exchanged three goals apiece over the final 30 minutes, including a second goal by Dabir and single tallies by junior midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy), as the Marlins held on for their second straight win in the series.
Dabir's two scores led W&L's offense, while sophomore midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) won 11-of-17 faceoffs and recorded an assist. First-year Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) stopped a career-best 15 shots in 60 minutes between the pipes.
Puls paced Virginia Wesleyan with two goals and three assists. Nycz totaled two goals and one assist, while Pappas had two tallies as well. Junior goalkeeper Corey Bauer (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) recorded a game-high 16 saves for VWC, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Greensboro College for a 3:30 pm contest.
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