April 13, 2014

Wagner Earns 10-9 Comeback Win At Sacred Heart

from Press Release

Fairfield, CT – Freshman Olivia Streilein slammed home the go-ahead goal with 2:12 left to play to cap a late 2-0 Wagner run as the Seahawks posted their third straight victory, a crucial 10-9 comeback win at Sacred Heart on Sunday in Northeast Conference women's lacrosse action today.

With the victory, Wagner improved to 3-1 in the NEC and moves into a second-place tie with Robert Morris, one game behind 4-0 Bryant. The top four teams will compete in the 2014 NEC Women Lacrosse Championships that will take place during the first weekend of May.

The Green & White also moved over the .500 mark and now stand at 7-6 overall on the season, while the Pioneers fall to 3-9 on the year, 1-3 in league play.

Junior Jessica Mills (Vernon, NJ/Vernon Township) and sophomore Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview) paced the Seahawks with three goals apiece while Streilein wound up with two goals and one assist. All three of Tumolo's goals came in the first half which ended with Sacred Heart clinging to a 7-6 lead.

Sacred Heart won the opening draw control of the second half and, just 15 seconds later, Alison Braig netted a goal gave the Pioneers an 8-6 lead. At the 27:30 mark, Mills deposited an unassisted goal to draw the Seahawks to within one at 8-7.

Nearly three minutes later, with 24:40 left, sophomore Taylor Pastore (Baldwinsville, NY/C.W. Baker) netted an unassisted tally that tied it at 8-8. That's the way the score remained until Jenna Liljeberg canned an unassisted goal with 9:31 left to put the Pioneers back on top, 9-8.

The Pioneers held that one-goal edge until Mills sank the game-tying goal off a feed from her former high school teammate, Stephanie Peterson (Vernon, NJ/Vernon Township), with 5:48 left theft. The score remained tied at 9-9 until Streilein nailed what would prove to be the game-winner with 2:12 to go.

Peterson finished with one goal and one assist, Pastore had one goal, while senior Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/Maplewood) and sophomore Shea Gegan (Manasquan, NJ/Manasquan) each contributed one assist. Gegan, who's already the all-time leader in Seahawk history with 87 caused turnovers, had five more CTs this afternoon, in addition to three draw controls and two groundballs.

Sophomore Katie Ferraro (Owings Mill, MD/McDonogh) registered nine saves in goal in recording the win for the Seahawks.

Sacred Heart was paced offensively by Caitlin Delaney and Shelby Vaccarro who notched two goals each while Kelly Keenan came up with 10 saves in goal for the Pioneers.

Wagner out-shot Sacred Heart 25-19 and held a 17-16 edge in groundballs while the Pioneers held a 12-8 advantage in draw controls. The Seahawks connected on 3-of-5 free-position shots while Sacred Heart was 4-of-6.

Wagner is next in action on Friday, April 18 when the Seahawks play their final home game of the season, hosting Mount St. Mary's in a 3:00 pm matchup. The Green & White then close out the regular season with a two-game Western Pennsylvania swing, playing at Robert Morris on April 25 at 3:00 pm before traveling to Saint Francis U on April 27 at 1:00 pm.

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