BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Washington and Lee scored seven first-quarter goals and cruised to a 16-3 victory over Bridgewater on Wednesday evening at Jopson Field.
Sophomore midfielder Andrew Riehl (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's) got things started at the 12:52 mark of the first quarter when he scored off an assist from senior midfielder Drew Kenavan (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro). Junior midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) then scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) at 11:25 and senior midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) won the ensuing faceoff and scored unassisted eight seconds later for a 3-0 W&L (7-4, 3-0) lead.
Junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) sandwiched two goals around a score by first-year midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and junior attackman Tyler Goldman (New York, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee) scored with six seconds left in the quarter for the 7-0 lead.
Three different players all found the goal in the second quarter as the Generals carried a 10-0 lead into the halftime break.
Lewis added two more goals to start the third period, before the Eagles (5-4, 0-2) got on the board at the 10:31 mark on a goal by first-year attackman Chris Voorhees off a feed from sophomore midfielder Derrick Daniels. The duo hooked up again exactly three minutes later to make it 12-2 with 7:31 left in the quarter. However, the Generals retaliated with goals by sophomore midfielder Kevin Katzmann (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) and Goldman, to make it a 14-2 game entering the final period.
First-year long-stick midfielder Austin Benacquisto (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verdot) scored his first career goal unassisted at the 8:03 mark of the fourth period and Daniels scored for Bridgewater at 6:56 to make it 15-3. First-year attackman Chris Comerford (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) notched his second score of the game with 3:03 remaining for the final margin.
Washington and Lee held a 52-23 advantage in shots, a 37-25 edge in ground balls and won 15 of 22 faceoffs. Lewis led the way with four goals, while Goldman notched two goals and one assist. Comerford finished with two goals and junior attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) tallied one goal and two assists. Riehl added one goal and one helper.
Junior Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep), sophomore Wyatt Devine (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) and first-year Jason Cleary (Littleton, Colo./Mullen) all saw time in goal for the Generals. Berenis made one save with no goals allowed in the opening 19:37, Devine played the next 30:23 and logged four saves with two goals allowed and Cleary saw the final 10:00, making three saves with one goal allowed.
Voorhees tallied two goals and Daniels had one goal and two assists for the Eagles. Sophomore Andrew Buss played the duration in the goal for BC, posting 17 saves.
Washington and Lee will now break for finals before returning to action on Saturday, April 12 when it travels to Randolph College for a 3:00 pm contest.