March 20, 2009

Wagner Offense Erupts in Win over CCSU

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Senior attack Jessica Richmond (Jenkintown, PA/ Jenkintown) slammed home four goals, freshman midfielder Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) added three goals and senior attack Kelly Blundin (Whitemarsh, PA/ Plymouth-Whitemarsh) distributed five assists as Wagner ran past Central Connecticut St. 16-7 in the Seahawks' NEC opener.

With the victory, Wagner improved to 2-5 on the season, 1-0 in the NEC while the Blue Devils fell to 0-7, 0-2 in league play.

Clark got the Seahawks started by sinking a pair of unassisted goals in the first 3:12 of the game to give Wagner a quick 2-0 lead. Senior midfielder Cara Gonzalez, who like Clark hails from Westhill HS in Syracuse, then made it 3-0 Wagner with a tally at the 25:10 mark of the opening half after receiving a pretty feed from Blundin.

Goals by sophomore attack Karen Vitkus (Skaneatles, NY/ Skaneatels), freshman midfielder Melanie Garces (san Diego, CA/ Westview), Gonzalez and junior midfielder Janine Bright (Commack, NY/ Commack) helped the Seahawks build a comfortable 7-2 lead on their way to a 9-5 halftime bulge.

Wagner opened the second half with goals by Blundin and Richmond, the latter coming with 28:03 left to play, which have the Seahawks a commanding 11-5 lead. CCSU would respond with a goal to make it 11-6 but that is as close as the Blue Devils would get as Wagner remained in control throughout the rest of the contest.

Wagner out-shot CSU 31-25 and held a 25-13 edge in ground balls while the Blue Devils led in draw controls, 16-9. The Seahawks were 2-of-4 in free-position shots while CCSU was 2-of-6. In goal, junior Alex Johnston (Manilus, NY/ Manlius-Fayetteville) came up with eight saves before giving way to senior Amy Jones (Jarrestville, MD/ North Hardford), who notched four saves over the final 9:08 of the game.

Lyndsey Mastandrea led CCSU with three goals while Stephanie John added two goals. Goalie Alice Lee recorded 10 saves over the first 39:43 and Erin Delancey came up with one save while playing the final 20:17 of the game.

Wagner jumps right back into action on Sunday, March 22 when the Seahawks travel to Villanova for a 2:00 pm non-conference matchup with the Wildcats.

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