Bryant Posts 14-11 Comeback Win Over Wagner

Staten Island, NY Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) and Sam Morin (Rockville Centre, NY/ South Side) scored four goals apiece, while Lauren Petrik (Syracuse, NY/ Baldwinsville, NY) dished out a career-high five assists, but it was not enough as Bryant overcame a 6-4 second-half deficit with a 7-0 run, propelling the Bulldogs to a 14-11 win.

Trailing 4-2 with 20 minutes left in the first half, Wagner went on a 4-0 run, bridging the first and second halves, in taking a 6-4 lead. Morin's second goal of the game at the 11:37 mark of the opening half off a feed from Petrik made it 4-3.

The game then became a defensive tussle as neither team could find the net until Morin fired home a shot from five yards out off a pretty feed from Clark with just eight seconds left in the half to tie the game at 4-4.

The Seahawks continued the momentum into the second half as Clark rattled home an unassisted goal on a breakaway with 28:19 left to make it 5-4. Junior midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/ Westview) then followed suit with a goal at the 23:42 mark off a feed from Petrik to cap the 4-0 run and give Wagner its biggest lead of the game at 6-4.

The Bulldogs then responded with seven unanswered goals to take control of the game at 11-6 with 11:39 left. Lisa Vendel scored two of her game-high four goals during the run while Katherine Keckeisen also found the net two times. The 7-0 splurge spanned 9:35.

The gritty, gutty Seahawks did not go down quietly. Petrik found Clark for a pair of goals in a 27-second span, the latter coming with 9:30 to go, to pull Wagner to within three goals at 11-8. After Bryant countered with a three-goal spree to push the lead to 14-8, Wagner closed the game with a 3-0 run on goals by Morin, Clark and sophomore attack Annie O'Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) to fashion the final score of 14-11.

Bryant out-shot Wagner 34-23 and held a 17-10 advantage in draw controls while the Seahawks enjoyed a 21-17 edge in ground balls. Bryant was 1 of 4 on free position shots while the Seahawks did not attempt a free position shot.

The turnover battle was close as Wagner committed 19 turnovers, while Bryant had 17. Wagner struggled in clearing the ball throughout the afternoon. Nine of those Seahawk turnovers coming on failed clear attempts as Wagner was successful on just 14 of 23 clears as opposed to the Bulldogs who were successful on 13 of 14 clears.

Clark added two assists to her four-goal outing to finish the game with a game-high six points. Petrik was next in scoring with her five points coming on five assists. Garces chipped in with two goals while O'Connor finished with one.

Freshman Morgan Roach (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) was sharp in goal, coming up with 12 saves, including several of the acrobatic variety. Defender Carly Lyster (Oakhurst, NJ/ Ocean Township) was extremely active, registering game-highs in ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (4).

For Bryant, Vendel led the way with her four goals while Keckeisen added three goals and two assists. Scoring two goals apiece for the Bulldogs were Mary Green, Kimberly Sniffen and Lauren Sheridan. Lauren Flippone had seven saves in goal for Bryant.

Clark continues to be the team in leader in goals (28) and points (35) while Petrik is tops on the team in assists (20) and second in points (30). Other Seahawks who have amassed double-digits in points include O'Connor (19), Morin (18), freshman attack Leea Sinay (Marcellus, NY/ Marcellus) (18) and Garces (15).

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