Wagner Lacrosse Falls to Saint Joseph's

Staten Island, NY The Wagner College women's lacrosse team fell behind 7-0 at the outset of its season opener vs. Saint Joseph's but battled back to make a game of it before eventually dropping a 12-5 decision to the Hawks at Wagner College Stadium. With the victory, the Hawks even their record at 1-1 while Wagner falls to 0-1.

Meghan McDevitt began the game-opening run for Saint Joseph's with a goal at the 27:47 mark of the first half. Grace Dinn capped the 7-0. Baker) started the comeback with an unassisted goal with 16:49 left in the opening half. That's the way the score stood until the freshman midfielder #Leea Sinay# (Marcellus, NY/ Marcellus) found the back of the net off an assist from fellow frosh attack #Sam Morin# (Rockville Centre, NY/ South Side) at the 11:31 mark of the first half. Wagner then received consecutive goals by junior midfielders #Carolyn Clark# (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) and #Melanie Garces# (San Diego, CA/ Westview), the latter coming off an assist by junior midfielder #Lauren Petrik# (Syracuse, NY/ Baldwinsville) with 5:24 left in the half which made it a 7-4 game.

Saint Joseph's then regained the momentum by scoring the final two goals of the half, a Fancesca Volpe tally at the 3:18 mark followed by a goal out of the stick of Elizabeth Fox which staked the Hawks to s 9-4 halftime lead.

The second half was largely a defensive affair. A Hawk goal by Grace Dinn was matched by an unassisted tally by Seahawk freshman Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/ Columbia) that made it a 10-5 game with 22:42 left in the contest. Saint Joseph's then put the game out of reach with a pair of goals by Jen Peters to fashione the final score of 12-5.

Five different Seahawks scored one goal apiece in Clark, Bulken, Galante, Morin and Sinay while Morin and Petrik were each credited with one assist. For Saint Joseph's, Freshman goalie Morgan Roach (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) came up with 17 saves for the Seahawks while Kaitlin LaBarbera had nine saves for Saint Joseph's. For the Hawks, Mineweaser and Peters finished with three goals apiece while McDevitt and Dinn had two goals apiece. Dinn also added two assists.

Saint Joseph's held a 39-16 advantage in shots, a 10-9 margin in draw controls and led in ground balls, 19-13. Wagner turned the ball over 24 times while the Hawks were guilty of 14 turnovers.

The Seahawks embark on the first of five games away from Grymes Hill when they travel to Manhattan on Wednesday, March 2 to meet the Jaspers in a 4:00 pm start. Wagner does not play a home game again until March 22 when the Seahawks host UC-Davis at 3:00 p.m.


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