W&L Men's Lax Upsets H-SC in the ODAC Quarterfinals

W&L Men's Lax Upsets H-SC in the ODAC Quarterfinals

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Sixth-seeded Washington and Lee built a 6-2 second quarter lead and held on for a 9-8 win over third-seeded Hampden-Sydney in the quarterfinals of the ODAC men's lacrosse tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Everett Stadium.

The Generals (9-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of goals by first-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) and a tally by junior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) in the opening 15:48 of the game.

Hampden-Sydney notched a pair of scores around a single tally by junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) to make it a 4-2 game at 9:47 of the second quarter.  W&L then scored goals 24 seconds apart for a 6-2 lead with 8:23 left in the half.  First-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) completed a transition opportunity from senior midfielder Logan Allen (Carmel, Calif./Stevenson School) at 8:47 and senior midfielder Sam Mott (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) scored man-up from junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy).

The Tigers (9-7) were limited to just seven shots in the first half, but managed a third goal before the break when senior attackman Micah Keller scored unassisted with 26 seconds remaining.

Keller's goal was the first in a five-goal rally that gave Hampden-Sydney a 7-6 lead with 2:18 left in the third quarter.  Senior attackman Ben Clarke scored twice and senior midfielder Carter Mavromatis assisted on all four Tiger goals in the third quarter.

W&L found rope for the first time in the second half when first-year attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) scored unassisted at 0:42 to tie the game at 7-7. 

Lewis' goal jump started the Generals' offense which scored twice in the opening 3:39 of the fourth quarter for a 9-7 lead.  Switala scored man-up from senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) at 12:07 and Lewis added a second goal at 11:21 for the two-goal lead.

Clarke scored for H-SC with 5:02 left to bring the Tigers within a goal (9-8), but the Generals held the ball for much of the final five minutes and ran out the clock for the victory.

Paglia, Switala and Lewis all scored two goals to lead the W&L offense.  Meehan chipped in a pair of assists, while first-year goalkeeper Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) stopped five shots in 60 minutes between the pipes.

Clarke paced the Tigers with four goals, while Mavromatis notched four assists.  Keller added two goals and sophomore attackman Eric Gorsline tallied two assists.  Junior Cody Hornung played the first 58:47 in goal and recorded seven saves, including a pair of point-blank stops in the final six minutes that kept the H-SC hopes alive.

Washington and Lee will now travel to Salem, Va., for the semifinals on Saturday.  The Generals will take on second-seeded Roanoke at 2:00 pm.

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