March 7, 2012
Washington & Lee Hands Men's Lacrosse First Defeat of the Season, 14-8
LEXINGTON, Va.— Traveling south while on Spring Break, the Swarthmore College men's lacrosse team (2-1) was dealt its first loss of the 2012 season, falling 14-8 to Washington & Lee (4-1) on Wednesday afternoon.
Swarthmore was carried on the day by senior Zach Belden, who recorded two goals and two assists. Sophomore Daniel Kowalyshyn and freshman Ian Lukaszewicz also scored two goals each to continue the Garnet's balanced scoring for the season.
The Garnet simply couldn't keep pace with the high-flying Generals, who scored a season-high 14 goals.
The Generals were on the board early, courtesy of freshman Cameron Dabir, who scored off the face off just 33 seconds into the contest. Junior attack Mac Means and sophomore midfielder Joe Wood quickly scored as well, giving W&L a 3-0 advantage a mere seven minutes into the first quarter.
From that point, Washington & Lee never relented, adding four more goals in the half. Swarthmore was paced in the first half by goals from junior midfielder Steve Selverian and Lukazewicz, both of which came within 53 seconds of each other. Despite additional goals Belden and Kowalyshyn in the second quarter, the Garnet trailed 7-4 heading into the locker room.
The second half was much of the same for the Garnet, which was able to find the net, but not at the pace of the Generals. Freshman midfielder Garret Paglia scored a quick pair to extend W&L's lead to 8-4. Kowalyshyn broke the scoring silence with a man-up for the Garnet to pull Swarthmore within three goals, but the Generals continued to answer, going on a two-goal run to command a decisive 10-5 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Despite Belden's second goal to begin the final period -- cutting the lead to 10-6 -- the Generals scored four more times to seal the game.
Nine different scorers contributed for the Generals, led by Means' three goals.
In net for the Garnet, senior Michael Brockway made 14 saves.
Swarthmore will have the chance to rebound against No. 19 Cabrini on March 10. Play is set for 1:00.