Taking a Look at the Generals’ Lifting Program

Want to know what makes W&L lacrosse a Top 20 program?  A lot of it has to do with the work that happens off the field.  Washington and Lee Head Coach Gene McCabe and senior midfielder Jack Reuter give us an inside look at the Generals’ lifting program.

Up next: A first-year member of the team will give us a written “day in my life” entry.

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Looking back at CNU and ahead to Denison

By: Matt Infante ’17

First-year defenseman Matt Infante

First-year defenseman Matt Infante

Upon arrival at Christopher Newport University we were dealt with unfavorable weather, worst of all the freezing rain. Many of us have never been in such harsh conditons, especially the players from California and Florida (Austin Benacquisto, Ryan Brady, Joe Perrella). Adversity like weather does not stop a General, in fact it motivates one.  We played as hard as we could for the full 60 minutes. The motivation started with superb pump-up speeches from Coach McCabe and none other than Jack Reuter. This went from the field to the bench and yes to the food at the tailgate afterwards. I ate so many of those chicken fingers and chocolate chip cookies. But back to the game, everybody played their hearts out and did everything they could in order to get the W.

The offense seized control early, finishing almost every opportunity they had, resulting in our 14 goals. Oh yeah, Joe Wood had four goals and one assist on the day. Our defense laid the lumber, like Conor O’Toole with the ding-dong and Buck Armstrong with the many one-handed wrap checks. Don’t worry you other poles, you guys played a stellar game too. Those fellas have too much swag. I also need to give a lot of credit to the brick wall we have in goal, Warren Berenis because god only knows how cold his hands were. Now to the bench…

We were all hyped up from the talks our coach and captain gave and feeling the freeze from the environment. This led to us start getting rowdy and yelling at the other team. We keyed in on specific players and were sure to get EXTRA loud when these players came anywhere near us. The bench should be in the stat book because we caused at least 5 turnovers on the day. Many of us thrived in the cold to cheer on our team, like my good friend Kevin Braddish. Our screams were contagious in the sense that the team played better when we were louder. And when our team played better, we got louder. It acted as a cycle only to benefit the Gennies.  It was a full team effort from Armstrong to Zanetis. This was a fun game and we look to have more fun on Saturday at 1 pm against Denison.

When I look at the calendar and see our game against Denison, I see an opportunity. An opportunity to show the lacrosse world what the 2014 W&L lax team is all about. We are a group of dudes that work hard and play even HARDER.  Because of that, I know this season will be one hell of a ride that I look forward to being apart of. Watch out Denison.

Early and often- Jack Blair

Recapping the season-opener

By: Sean Gebhard ’14

Senior attackman Sean Gebhard

Senior attackman Sean Gebhard

Finally, its that time of year again.  After three weeks of early morning lifts and wall-ball tests, running 300s, and aggressive inter-squad competition, the team was eager to finally play a real game against someone with a different colored jersey.  And what better way to start the season than under the lights at Wilson field.  Tuesday night’s game against Ferrum marked the beginning of a brand new 2014 season.

After falling to Salisbury in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, ending a record 16-5 season, this year’s team is hungrier than ever.  Something that’s really resonated with the our team after that loss is how much harder we have to work this year in order to build off of last year’s success.  Posted on the door of the locker room is a quote from Tony Conway, a dear member of the W&L community who is battling ALS.  The sign reads, “make each day better than the last,” and serves as a constant reminder for us to compete at a high level each day, capitalize on areas that need improvement, and overall enjoy the process.

That being said, there was a lot to take away from the Ferrum game.  The first quarter was NOT how we wanted to start the game. I think guys were pretty hyped up and gripping their sticks a little too tight which led to a bunch of un-caused turnovers.  Moving forward, we know we have to get after teams early and often. Just ask Jack Blair; the kid’s got a knack for inspirational quotes during film sessions.  Putting the first quarter behind us, we were able to bounce back in the second quarter, and once our offense settled in, there was no turning back.  Cam Lewis really sparked the offense at attack notching his first hat-trick with two assists, and Jared Mitchell dominated the faceoff X winning 15-of-16. We scored in bunches, and got production from a lot of different guys. (We knew Andrew Riehl had a golden stick when it came to ground balls, but apparently he can bring the noise from 15 with no regard for human life).

This game was also a testament to the speed and overall athleticism that everyone should expect to see from this year’s team.  The hard work in the weight room is manifesting itself on the field.  Across the board, from transition to the riding game, we overwhelmed Ferrum.  Especially on defense, “The Check Republik Bricksquad” (population Fraser, O’Toole, and Armstrong), really showcased their cohesiveness as a unit.  Paired with relentless takeaway defense from Lessing and Schubert at LSM, everything was clicking on defense.  Berenis, Devine, and first-year Jason Cleary, all played stellar in goal as well.

2014 Washington and Lee Season Preview

Welcome to the official website for the 2014 Washington and Lee men’s lacrosse season.  During the course of the year, we’ll give you an all-access, inside look at the Generals’ men’s lacrosse program, including video diaries, mic’d up coaches and team lifting sessions.  Members of the team will also detail their season in writing.

We begin the Washington and Lee men’s lacrosse “The Season” with the Generals’ season preview video.  We hope you enjoy it!

Up Next: One of the Generals reviews the season-opener against Ferrum in a written piece.