March 28, 2013

Second-Half Surge Carries Wagner Past St. Francis

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – After Saint Francis U scored five straight goals to end the first half on top 6-3, Wagner stormed back with six unanswered goals and went on to post a 13-10 Northeast Conference (NEC) win at Hameline Field.

In snapping a five-game losing streak, the Seahawks recorded their first NEC victory of the season and improve their record to 5-6 overall, 2-2 in league play. With the loss, the Red Flash fall to 2-7 on the season, 0-3 in the NEC.

Wagner jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in this one as senior attacker Annie O'Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) and freshman Shea Gegan (Manasquan, NJ/ Manasquan) scored consecutive goals within an 11-second span to put the Seahawks up by two just five minutes into the contest.

Saint Francis U quickly regrouped, hitting its stride during an 8:27 stretch that saw the Red Flash go on a 5-0 roll to take a 6-3 lead with 15:40 to go in the half. Neither team was able to strike the rest of the half as the Seahawks entered intermission trailing by that same 6-3 count.

Lindsay Ingram and Rachel Larson scored back-to-back goals to even the game at 3-3. Pittman then scored her second of the afternoon on a free position attempt to give the Flash a 4-3 lead with 19:04 left in the half. Christina Fini and Katie Schaaf each scored within 25 seconds to give SFU the 6-3 lead at the 15:40 mark

Wagner then went to work at the outset of the second half, exploding for six unanswered goals over the first 9:55 of the half in taking a 9-6 lead. Freshman Gretchen Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/ Manasquan) got the run started with a goal at 29:02. Sophomore Stephanie Peterson (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon Township) then struck for consecutive goals within a 21-second span, the latter coming at 24:36, which tied the game at 6-6.

It was then O'Connor's turn to strike as she rocketed home a pair of goals, both on assists by sophomore Jessica Mills (Vernon NJ/ Vernon Township), in a 1:04 stretch that put Wagner ahead by an 8-6 count. Mills then capped the 6-0 spurt with a tally of her own at 20:05 off an O'Connor assist that built the lead to 9-6.

SFU proved resilient, scoring three straight to even the game at 9-9. The Red Flash took advantage of a couple Wagner penalties in registering a pair of extra-man goals by Fini and Larson in a span of 10 seconds, the latter making it a 9-8 game with 15:25 left. Larson then completed the 3-0, 53-second run by depositing a free position shot at 14:42 to knot the game at 9-9.

At the 12:51 mark, Mills gave the Seahawks the lead for good off of an assist from freshman Casey McCarthy (Cypress, TX/ Cy-Fair) that made it 10-9. Peterson then made it a two-goal lead after receiving a feed from Mills, her high school teammate, with 10:35 left.

SFU answered with an unassisted, extra-man goal by Megan Ross at 9:29 to make it 11-10. O'Connor fired home an unassisted tally with 8:14 to go which put the Seahawks 12-10. That's the way the score remained until les than a minute to play when freshman Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/ Clearview) knocked home the game's final tally to forge to 13-10 final score.

O'Connor finished with a game-high four goals to go with three assists, good for a game-high seven points. Mills, the NEC's leader in points and assists, added to those totals with a two-goal, three-assist afternoon. Mills is now up to 44 points on the season, with 18 goals and 26 assists.

McCarthy added four points with a career-high four-assist outing while Peterson had three points thanks to a career-high three-goal performance.
Larson had three goals to pace SFU while Fini and Olivia Pittman added two goals apiece.

Wagner outshot SFU 23-20, while holding the advantage in both draw controls (15-10) and ground balls (15-12).

The Seahawks are next in action on Saturday, March 30 when the Seahawks host Robert Morris in a Noon start at Hameline Field.

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