Senior midfielder Luke Heinsohn scored off an assist from senior midfielder Jack Switala with nine seconds remaining in double overtime to lead the Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team to a 7-6 win over host Salisbury on Wednesday.
The loss gives Salisbury (1-2) its first two-game losing streak since the 2009 season and dropped the Sea Gulls under .500 for the first time since 1989. It was also their first home loss since a 16-12 setback to Stevenson on April 16, 2011. The six goals were the fewest scored by the Sea Gulls since a 9-6 loss to Tufts in the 2010 national championship game.
Senior midfielder Ryan Clarke opened the scoring with an unassisted goal, the only goal scored in the first quarter. Clarke, who led the Gulls with three goals and four points, took the ball, juked a defender and drove to the right side of the goal before beating the Generals' goalkeeper.
After the 1-0 first quarter, W&L's Garrett Paglia (Gilman), who scored a game-high four goals, tied the game at the 9:10 mark in the second quarter and gave the Generals (3-0) the lead with his second score with 22 seconds left in the half.
Clarke answered with his second goal, running behind the cage, from left to right and scoring on a diving, wraparound shot from behind the goal with seven seconds left on the clock, sending the teams into halftime tied, 2-2.
At the break, Washington and Lee led in shots, 10-7, but the Sea Gulls won four of six faceoffs and were successful on 7-of-8 clears.
In the third quarter, the Gulls were outscored 4-1, which allowed the Generals to take a 6-3 lead into the fourth quarter. Paglia scored his final two goals in the period.
After allowing three consecutive goals, senior attackman Evan Hammersly broke the Generals' run by taking a pass from Clarke ripping a shot from the right wing to cut the lead to 5-3, before W&L would score again.
The Sea Gulls shifted the momentum in the fourth quarter and mounted a three-goal comeback to tie the game before the end of regulation. Hammersly, Clarke and senior midfielder Eric Kluge all scored in the quarter. After Clarke's third cut the lead to 6-5 at the 12:22 mark, time was running down, but Kluge found the back of the cage after beating a defender to rip a shot and knot the game with 2:45 left.
Washington and Lee controlled the ball for much of the first overtime, but junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor (Glenelg) made three key saves in the period to keep the Gulls in the game, including a stop from point-blank range on Max Means, who attempted to go through the five-hole. Taylor got low to turn away the chance and keep the game going.
The second overtime looked to be much of the same before Heinsohn took a pass from Switala from behind the cage to score the winner.
Taylor played 69:51 in the cage for the Sea Gulls and made 11 saves.
Salisbury will look to rebound against Widener on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium; the game is set for noon.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun