LEXINGTON, VA – Washington & Lee held off a late Tigers rally to defeat Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse 8-6 on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers struggled throughout most of the game on offense due to strong pressure defense from the Generals. However, Washington & Lee got off to a slow start on offense as well. Garrett Pagglia posted the only goal of the first quarter off a poor clearance pass leading to an open net goal.
W&L opened the second quarter with two quick scores at 14:36 and 13:41, and H-SC got on board at 4:41 off a James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) tally. Cam Lewis then reeled off the next three scores, one in the second quarter and two in the third, to put the hosts up 6-1 with 12:50 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers then mounted a furious comeback as the offense finally managed to crack the Generals defense. Duncan Morris (Charlottesville, VA / Christchurch) and Sam Rapoport (Suffolk, VA / Nansemond-Suffolk) each scored, but Lewis answered with a goal of his own to keep W&L up by five, 8-3, with just 4:54 left in the game. Just over a minute later, Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) found the back of the net to make it 8-4. Hughes scored again at 1:38 and Rapoport added his second goal just 10 seconds later to trim the deficit to two, 8-6. The Tigers won the following face-off but Colin Fraser forced a turnover as the Generals cleared the ball and managed to run out the clock
David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) notched 13 saves, Hughes contributed two goals and one assist, and Rapoport posted two scores. Lewis paced the Generals with five goals while Pagglia added two scores and an assist. Jared Mitchell won 11-of-15 face-offs for Washington & Lee, Noah Lessing had three caused turnovers, and Warren Berenis made 11 saves.
W&L outshot H-SC 42-28, won the ground ball battle 35-22, and corralled 11 of the 17 face-offs.
Hampden-Sydney will be the #4 seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament and will host #5 seed Randolph-Macon on Tuesday at a time to be determined.