It took 14 minutes and 51 seconds for Washington & Lee to get its first lead of the 2014 season, but once the Generals had it there was no letting go. W&L opened the season on Tuesday with a 16-4 win over Ferrum thanks, in part, to a five-point effort from junior attackman Cam Lewis.
Lewis scored three times and assisted twice as W&L went on a 12-3 run over the last 43:27 of play. Cameron Dabir pitched in with two goals and two assists while Garrett Paglia (1-1), Christian Zanetis (2-0), Joe Wood (1-1), and Will Douthat (1-1) all notched two points on the day. Warren Berenis got the win in net, making four saves and allowing two goals in 30 minutes of play. Wyatt Devine (2 GA, 2 saves, 23:12) and Jason Cleary (0 GA, 2 saves, 6:48) split time during the second half.
Where the divide between these two programs was most evident was at the faceoff “x” though. Jared Mitchell went an impressive 15-for-16 on draws while Ferrum won just two faceoffs for the day. Neither of those numbers are sustainable, but if Mitchell can do even 80 percent of that on a game-in, game-out basis it will go a long way towards W&L’s challenge for the ODAC title.
Damian Pulos put forth a commendable effort in net for Ferrum, making 20 saves on 36 shots with eight coming during the Generals’ five-goal third quarter.