W&L Men's Lax Knocks Off Hampden-Sydney, 8-6

LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) scored five goals to lead the 20th-ranked Washington and Lee men's 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, but 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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