Gattett Paglia's man-up goal with 2:04 to play broke a 7-7 tie and was enough to carry Washington and Lee to an 8-7 victory over No. 10 Denison on Sunday in Granville, Ohio. The victory marks the second win this week for W&L against a top-10 opponent. On Wednesday they upset top-ranked Salisbury, 7-6, in double overtime.
The Generals got on the board early, taking a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the contest after goals by Mac Means, Cooper Brown, and Luke Heinsohn.
DU would respond with 3:44 to play in the first quarter when Nick Verklin found Eddie Vita for their first goal of the game. Just over a minute later, Blair Farinholt caused a turnover while the Generals were attempting a clear and the ball would be scooped up by DU's Teddy Powell who proceeded to score his first of three goals on the day.
Fourteen seconds before the end of the first quarter, W&L would be called for a personal foul, giving Denison the ball in a man-up situation to open the second quarter. The Big Red was patient, and from the X position, sophomore attack Nick Caravana sent a pass that was directly on the head of Powell's crosse. Powell converted with a laser to the top right corner, tying the game at 3-3.
The game would remain tied until the final minute of the first half when W&L's Cameron Dabir scored off a pass from Brown. Denison would win the ensuing face-off and long pole Austin Campbell scooped up the ground ball and went right up the gut for his second career goal, just 12 seconds after the Generals took a 4-3 lead.
Trailing 6-5 with 7:32 left in the third quarter, junior attack, Tyler King, would score his first goal of the afternoon after W&L turnover.
The rest of the third quarter would somehow remain scoreless despite the two teams committing four penalties and four shots.
DU would take its first lead of the contest at the 11:48 mark of the fourth quarter off a fast-break goal from Vita to Powell. The game would be tied for the sixth time by Dabir after he scored on a follow-up shot attempt after a miss by his teammate, Jack Reuter.
It was a physical contest from the start, with 14 penalties in all, but no penalty would be bigger than the one called on Denison middie Chapin Speidel with 2:54 to play. The slashing call would give the Generals the advantage and with 2:04 left, it was Paglia on an assist from Joe Wood, which resulted in the eventual game-winner.
DU would take possession after a face-off win by Eric Baumgardner and King and Vita would send three shots on cage over the next two minutes only to be turned away each time by W&L netminder Warren Berenis. The final shot by Vita was taken as time expired and following the Berenis save the General sideline stormed the field at Piper Stadium.
Denison outshot W&L 31-19 but was just 1-of-5 in extra-man situations. Washington & Lee converted three of their nine man-up opportunities.
Berenis had a good day, posting 13 saves, while Denison rookie goalkeeper, Chris Thomas, posted seven saves.
The Generals committed 19 turnovers to Denison's 18, and the Big Red held a 29-27 advantage in ground balls. Led by Max Hutson, W&L edged DU in face-off's winning 9-of-17. Baumgardner was 5-of-8 to lead DU.
Campbell paced the defense with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Andrew Fusselbaugh had six ground balls and two caused turnovers for Washington and Lee.
Denison falls to 1-1 on the season while W&L improves to 4-0. DU will return to action on Friday (March 1) when they host Concordia (Wis.) at 7 p.m.