Gibaldi Saves 19, But Wagner Still Falls to Manhattan

Staten Island, NY Sophomore attack Cody Isdaner (Gladwyne, PA/ Episcopal Academy) equaled his career high with four goals and added two assists and freshman goalie Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point) recorded a career-high 19 saves, but it was not enough as Manhattan ran past Wagner 15-8 in men's lacrosse action.

With the loss, the Seahawks fall to 0-6 on the season while the Jaspers improve to 1-7 on the season. The key statistic in the game came on face-offs where the Jaspers held and overwhelming 21 of 25 advantage.

Manhattan jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before Isdaner rocketed home a shot with 32 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Seahawks on the board. With 9:19 left in the second quarter, Isdaner fed freshman attack Sam Morrissey (Long Valley, NJ/ West Morris Central) who found the net to draw the Seahawks' to within 3-2. This is as close as Wagner would get as the Jaspers would close the half with two goals to go up 5-2 at intermission, before opening the second half with another pair of goals in building a sizeable 7-2 edge.

With 10:12 left in the third quarter, sophomore midfielder Colin O'Rourke (Worcester, MA/ St. John's Shrewsbury) notched a goal off of Isdaner's second assist of the game, to make it a 7-3 game. The teams then alternated the next seven goals, with the final tally in this exchange coming from junior attack Mike Hurley (Billerica, MA/ Billerica) with 2:12 left in the third quarter that made it an 11-6 game.

Manhattan would go on to score five of the last seven goals of the game in fashioning the 15-8 win. The Jaspers featured a balanced offensive attack, with Justin Jensen leading the way with a hat trick, while Brett Miranda, Marcel Godino, Tyler Jarvis and Brian McGrath notched two goals apiece. Rich Akapnitis came up with 15 saves in goals for the Jaspers.

In addition to Isdaner's four-goal outing, O'Rourke added two tallies for the Seahawks while Morrissey and Hurley chipped in with one goal apiece. In addition to Isdaner's two assists, Wagner also received assists from Morrissey and junior midfielder William Hedges (Shoreham, NY/ Longwood).

Manhattan out-shot Wagner 43-38 and held a 25-18 edge in ground balls.

Wagner is next in action on Saturday, March 26 when the Seahawks play host to the Hawks of Hartford in a 2:00 p.m. face-off.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Riding a three-goal effort from senior attacker Justin Jensen (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) and two-goal performances from four different Jaspers, Manhattan defeated Wagner 15-8 Wednesday afternoon at Wagner Stadium.

Recording their highest point total of the season, the Jaspers (1-7) opened the contest with three-consecutive goals and never trailed in picking up their first win of the season against the Seahawks (0-5).

Freshman goalkeeper Rich Akapnitis (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) recorded 15 saves for his first collegiate victory while Wagner's Nicholas Gabaldi compiled 19 saves in the defeat.

Continuing their strong play early in contests, Manhattan built a 3-0 lead with 4:47 remaining in the first quarter behind three even tallies from Jensen, classmate Brett Miranda (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) and freshman attacker Marcel Godino (Summit, N.J./Summit).

Following back-to-back goals by the Seahawks to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 9:19 left in the second, Manhattan rallied back with a pair of key goals. Senior attacker Kelly Mahon (Spring Lake, N.J./Manasquan) and sophomore Brian McGrath (Garden City, N.Y./Carey) each found the net in the last 6:30 of the half to put the Jaspers up 5-2 heading into the break. McGrath, Godino, sophomore Tyler Jarvis (O'Fallon, Mo./Ft. Zumwalt West) and Miranda each posted multi-goal efforts in the contest.

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