W&L Men's Lacrosse Falls to Lynchburg, 12-9, in ODAC Semis

SALEM, Va. – Third-seeded and 10th-ranked Lynchburg used a six-goal run over the third and fourth periods to post a 12-9 victory over second-seeded and 20th-ranked Washington and Lee in the semifinals of the ODAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at Kerr Stadium. 

The Generals (11-6) battled back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead early in the second quarter.  Sophomore midfielder Christian Zanetis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) got W&L on the board with 1:16 left in the first quarter when he scored unassisted.  Junior attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) made it 3-2 with 0:26 left in the first quarter when he found the net off an assist from first-year midfielder Jonathan Henry (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day).

W&L knotted the game at 3-3 at 11:44 of the second quarter on a goal by senior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) off an assist from junior midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) and senior midfielder Jack Reuter (Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade) capped the rally with an unassisted tally at 7:13.

Lynchburg (15-4) followed with two scores in a span of 32 seconds to take the lead back (5-4) with 5:34 left in the half, but the Generals used goals from Paglia and Zanetis to assume a 6-5 lead at the break.

The Hornets then started their game-deciding run at the 11:06 mark of the third period when senior defenseman Tommy Kesterman scored unassisted.  Sophomore attackman Austin Stewart scored two goals and sophomore attackman Aaron Murphy added one goal and two assists during the run as LC assumed an 11-6 lead with 12:23 left in the game.

The Generals used two goals from junior attackman Cam Lewis (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy) and one from Wood to cut it to an 11-9 game with 4:08 left, but Lynchburg junior goalkeeper Andrew Fawkes made nine fourth-quarter saves and Murphy added his third goal with 1:16 left for the final margin. 

W&L held advantages of 55-34 in shots and 39-36 in ground balls, and was 14-of-14 on clears.  However, the Generals were 0-for-3 on the extra man and won just 11 of 24 faceoffs.

Wood, Lewis and Zanetis all scored two goals, while Paglia and Dabir had one goal and one assist each.  Junior Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played all 60 minutes in goal and produced seven saves. 

Stewart scored four goals to lead the Hornets.  Murphy added three goals and three assists, and Fawkes posted 20 saves in goal, 14 of which occurred in the second half.

Lynchburg advances to Sunday's title contest, where it will face fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney.

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