W&L Men's Lacrosse Knocks Off H-SC, 11-10

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Sophomore attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) totaled four goals and two assists to lead the 12th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon at Everett Stadium.

The Generals (13-3, 7-2) never trailed in the contest and seized a 4-1 lead after a three-goal run in the first quarter.  Sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) began the surge with a man-up goal off a feed from senior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) at the 5:09 mark.  First-year midfielder Will Douthat (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) then scored in transition off a feed from sophomore defenseman Colin Fraser (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) at 2:37, and Dabir capped it with an unassisted tally at 1:54.

The Tigers (11-5, 6-3) scored three of the game's next four goals to pull within 5-4 just 2:28 before the half.  However, the Generals scored a pair of goals in the final 1:15 to assume a 7-4 lead at the break.  Paglia scored unassisted at 1:15 and senior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) cashed in off a Dabir assist with one second remaining in the half.

Dabir scored uassisted just 1:28 into the third period for an 8-4 lead, but Hampden-Sydney scored four straight over the next 7:56 to knot the score at 8-8.  Sophomore attackman Mike Funk totaled two goals and one assist during the run.  Sophomore attackman James Hughes and senior attackman Ryan Martin each found the cage man-up as well.

The Generals quickly responded to the Tigers' rally, scoring a pair of goals 12 seconds apart for a 10-8 advantage.  Senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) beat the goalie one-on-one for a 9-8 lead at 2:30, and Dabir scored off a feed from senior midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) in transition off the ensuing faceoff for the two-goal lead at 2:18 of the third period.

Hughes made it a 10-9 game with a goal at 1:15 of the third period, but Brown gave W&L a two-goal lead when he scored unassisted at 7:25 of the fourth quarter.

The Tigers climbed to within a single tally with 30 seconds left when Funk scored on a two-man advantage, but junior midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) won the ensuing faceoff and the Generals ran out the clock for their second straight win over the Tigers. 

W&L held a 38-25 advantage in shots, while Hampden-Sydney claimed a 28-26 edge in ground balls.  The Generals also won 13-of-23 faceoffs in the contest.

Dabir's effort was supported by two goals from Paglia, and one goal and one assist from Brown.  Sophomore Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played the entire contest in goal, posting eight saves.  Seven of his saves came in the second half, including four in the decisive fourth quarter.

Funk led the Tigers with three goals and three assists, while Hughes had two goals and one assist.  Martin and sophomore midfielder Thomas Armstrong added two goals each.  Sophomore David Noftsinger recorded 10 saves in 60 minutes of action in goal.

The Generals will now wait to see what seeding they will receive for the ODAC Tournament.  A Lynchburg win over Shenandoah would ensure the Generals of the third seed, in which case W&L would host sixth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan in a quarterfinal contest on Tuesday.  An LC loss would make W&L the second seed and it would then receive a bye to the semifinals on Saturday.

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