April 23, 2011

Wagner Rallies Past CCSU on Senior Day

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Lauren Petrik (Syracuse, NY/ Baldwinsville) tallied five points on one goal and four assists while freshman attack Sam Morin (Rockville Center, NY/ South Side) and junior midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/ Westview) knocked home three goals apiece to lead Wagner to a gallant come-from-behind 12-10 Senior Day win over Northeast Conference rival Central Connecticut St. at rain-soaked Wagner College Stadium.

Wagner was on its heels early as the hot-shooting Blue Devils galloped out to an early 4-0 lead. The Seahawks cut the lead in half on unassisted goals by junior midfielder Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) and Garces. Following a CCSU goal by Mackenzy Ryan on a free position shot at the 11:07 mark,

Wagner answered with tallies by Garces off a feed from freshman attack Leea Sinay (Marcellus, NY/ Marcellus) and Petrik off a Clark assist that drew the Seahawks to within 5-4 with 8:50 left in the half.
The score remained 5-4 until the Blue Devils sank a pair of goals, one by Ryan and the other by Betsy Vendel, in the final three minutes of the half in taking a comfortable 7-4 lead and the momentum into the locker room at halftime.

Wagner got one back on an unassisted breakaway goal by junior defender Denieda McCullough just 2:11 into the second half to make it a 7-5 game. After a Vendel goal on a free position shot at the 16:03 mark made it 8-5, Wagner responded with a game-changing 6-0 run to take a 10-8 lead.

Freshman attack Jillian Maloney (Mahopac, NY/ Mahopac) started the Seahawk surge with 14:52 left to make it 8-6. This goal marked the first of three consecutive Wagner tallies that were assisted by Petrik as the crafty midfielder then hit Morin and Graces in stride, with the latter goal tying the game at 8-8 with 13:38 remaining. The Seahawks then took the lead for good at 9-8 on an unassisted goal by Morin with 5:32 left. While this was Wagner’s first lead of the game, the Seahawks were not finished, however, as Morin notched her second consecutive goal off a Petrik assist 47 seconds later to make it a 10-8 game with 4:45 left.

Sophomore attack Annie O’Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) capped the 6-0 Seahawk run by converting a free position shot with 3:30 to go. The Blue Devils made things interesting with a pair of goals within a 54-second span to draw to within 11-10 at the 1:42 mark. O’Connor then iced the game by firing home a rebound from point-blank range with 1:20 left to put Wagner on top 12-10. The win was sealed when Wagner won the ensuing draw control and ran out the final ticks on the clock, tipping off a wild celebration.

All told, seven different Seahawks found the back of the net on the afternoon. Senior Marcella Hernandez (Freeport, NY/ Freeport) started the game in goal for Wagner before giving way to freshman Morgan Roach (Syracuse NY/ Westhill) who recorded 11 saves over the game’s final 53 minutes. Lyster was a stalwart on the defensive end, pacing the Seahawks in ground balls with six while causing two turnovers. McCullough’s aggressive play translated into a team-high three caused turnovers while freshman defender Katy Bender (Cherry Hill, NJ/ Cherry Hill West) made her presence felt with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Mackenzy paced CCSU with four goals while Vendel and Michele Conway scored three and two goals, respectively. Erin Delancy came up with six saves in goal for the Blue Devils.

The final statistics reflect how close the game was as CCSU held slim leads in shots (26-24) and draw controls (13-11) while Wagner held a narrow edge in ground balls (25-24). The Blue Devils were 3-of-4 on free position shots while the Seahawks were 1-of-1. The teams combined for 50 turnovers on the slick Fieldturf, with CCSU turning the ball over 26 times to Wagner’s 24.

With the win, the Seahawks finish the 2011 campaign with a record of 4-12, 3-6 in NEC play while the Blue Devils fell to 6-9 overall, 2-7 in league play.

NOTES – Petrik’s four assists give her a single-season school record of 24,, surpassing Kelly Blundin who had 22 helpers in 2008. Lyster finished the 2011 campaign with a team-best 51 caused turnovers which ranks her tied for fifth on the all-time single-season list. Lyster’s team-best 27 caused turnovers also tie for fifth on the Seahawk all-time list. Clark’s 80 shots attempted tied her for 10th all-time in the department. As for career milestones, Clark will enter her senior season tied for sixth in goals with 9, eighth in total points with 113 and eighth in shots with 223. Clark will also enter the 2012 season tied for fifth in career draw controls with 83. Petrik, meanwhile, will enter her senior season in 2012 tied for eighth in career assists with 30. The five senior Seahawks honored honored in a pre-game ceremony were midfielder Mallory Close (Urbana, MD/ Urbana), Hernandez, attack Karlee Keller (Colorado Springs, CO/ Cheyenne Mountain), Lyster (Oakhurst, NJ/ Ocean Township) and attack Dana Marchitelli (Annapolis, MD/ South River).

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