March 18, 2014

Peterson, Wagner Women Rally to Beat Stetson

from press release

DELAND, Fla. – Sophomore attack Stephanie Peterson (Vernon Township, NJ/Vernon) scored four goals, including the game-winner with 2:22 left to play, to lift the Wagner's women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory at Stetson in a see-saw battle as the Seahawks even their record at 3-3 on the season.

Trailing 10-8 with the game clock winding down, the Seahawks rallied with three unanswered goals, two by Peterson, to pull out the win. Peterson began the game-winning 3-0 spree by depositing an unassisted goal at 7:24 to move Wagner to within one at 10-9. With 3:51 left to play, sophomore Shea Gegan(Mansaquan, NJ/Manasquan) converted on a free-position attempt to tie the game at 10-10. Then, with 2:22 left in regulation, Peterson again beat goalie Caili Guilday, notching an unassisted goal, her fourth of the game, to make it 11-10 and the Seahawks held on from there.

This back-and-forth contest, played on a rainy night with temperatures in the mid-60's, featured four ties and four leads changes.

The victory kicked off Wagner's two-game Florida Spring Break trip. The Green & White will look to make it two straight in the Sunshine State on Wednesday, March 19 when the Seahawks meet Jacksonville with opening draw set for 1:00 pm.

Gegan and fellow sophomore Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearvew) contributed three and two goals, respectively, to the Seahawk cause while juniorShannon Sweeney (Madison, NJ/Madison) earned the win in goal. Starting her fourth consecutive game between the pipes and, entering the contest as the Northeast Conference leader in both goals against average (10.25) and save percentage (.475), Sweeney improved her record to 2-2 on the season.

With the loss, the Hatters, who compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, fall to 0-10.

The Seahawks overcame an early 3-0 deficit to seize a 5-4 halftime lead when Tumolo stuffed a shot home with just two seconds remaining in the opening half. Wagner then made it a 6-4 game early in the second half on a free-position shot by senior Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/Maplewood).

Stetson responded with three consecutive goals, all scored by Ana Baranowski, in a span of 4:05, as the Hatters went back in front by a 7-6 count with Baranowski's third straight tally coming at the 19:52 mark. Peterson knotted the game at 7-7 with 18:41 left on an unassisted goal but the Hatters answered with two quick goals, in a span of 33 seconds, to go make it a 9-7 game with 14:52 left. Following a Wagner timeout, the Seahawks got one back on an unassisted Tumolo score at 12:27, which made it 9-8, before the Hatters pushed their lead back to two at 10-8 when Loy sank a free-position shot at 10:03.

That's the way the score remained until Peterson kick-started Wagner's game-winning three-goal rally with a tally at the 7:24 mark.

On the evening, the Green & White outshot Stetson 32-18 and held a 30-22 edge in groundballs, while the Hatters won 12-of-22 draw controls. The Seahawks were successful on 4-of-10 free-position shots while Stetson was 3-of-5 in this department.

Sweeney made three saves in goal for Wagner while Guilday had 10 saves in absorbing the loss. Gegan paced Wagner with five draw controls , seniorCaitlin Daly (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) was the team-leader in caused turnovers with four, while Tumolo and junior Megan Sardella (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) tied for team-high honors with six groundballs apiece. Baranowski led Stetson offensively by matching Peterson's four-goal outing.

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