Morin Lifts Wagner Past Presbyterian for 5th Straight Win

Newport News, VA Reigning NEC Player of the Week Sam Morin (Rockville Center, NY/ South Side) fired home a career-high six goals, senior attacker Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) added four goals and one assist, while freshman goalkeeper Shannon Sweeney (Madison, NJ/ Madison) came up with a career-high 16 saves to lead Wagner to its fifth straight win, a 17-10 decision over Presbyterian.

In a neutral site game played on the campus of Christopher Newport University, the Seahawks improved to 5-3 on the season while the Blue Hose fall to 1-8. The five-game winning streak is Wagner's longest since late in the 2005 season when the Seahawks won five straight in posting a 9-9 record en route to an appearance in the NEC Tournament. That 2005 campaign also marked the last time Wagner qualified for the NEC Tourney, doing so with a 6-2 record.

These 2012 Seahawks will now look to tie the school-record six-game winning streak achieved by the 2001 Wagner team which opened the season with six consecutive wins. Wagner will go after that potential record-tying achievement on Friday, March 23 when the Seahawks host Quinnipiac in the NEC opener for both teams. The Wagner-Quinnipiac game will take place at Wagner College Stadium with opening draw set for 3:00 pm.

The five wins notched by Wagner, which now faces its nine-game NEC slate, are the most by fourth-year head coach Cristina Curiale who guided the Seahawks to four-win campaigns in 2009 and 2011. The five victories are also the most achieved by Wagner since the 2006 team went 5-12. Morin's six goals are the most by a Seahawks since Kelly Blundin found the mark six times vs. LIU-Brooklyn in April 9, 2009.

The Seahawks got off to a quick start in today's victory, jumping out to a 5-0 lead en route to building a 9-4 halftime advantage. Clark began the scoring on unassisted goal 4:25 into the game and then, 40 seconds later, assisted on Morin's first tally to make it 2-0 at the 24:45 mark. Sophomore midfielder Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/ Maplewood) broke a 5:23 scoring drought with a goal at 19:22 off an assist by senior midfielder Lauren Petrik (Baldwinsville, NY/ C. W. Baker) to make it a 3-0 game. Clark made it 4-0 with an unassisted marker at 18:09 before Morin, a sophomore attacker, capped the game-opening 5-0 run with an unassisted, man-up goal at 17:17.

The Blue Hose got on the board at the 10:23 mark off a Katie Prisco goal and 18 seconds later Catherine Ellis made it 5-2 with an unassisted goal with 9:55 to go in the half. The Seahawks countered with a 3-0 spree to extend the lead to 8-2 on goals by senior midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/ Westview), junior attacker Erika Bulken (Baldwinville, NY/ C.W. Baker) and Morin. After Presbyterian notched two consecutive scores to draw within 8-4, Morin found the back of the net with just 15 seconds remaining in the half to provide Wagner with a 9-4 halftime cushion.

Presbytrian scored three of the first four second-half goals and when Kirsten Stenoien recorded the second of her three goals at the 22:34 juncture, the Blue Hose were within three at 10-7. But Wagner put the game away with its second 5-0 run of the game in building a commanding 15-7 lead with 13:20 left. Petrik got the run rolling with a tally at 20:55. Following goals by Morin, Clark and Galante, Petrik finished what she started by capping the run with the goal at 13:20 that made it 15-7.

The Blue Hose made things interesting by running off three unanswered goals to make it a 15-10 game with 6:29 left, but a goal by Morin at 4:12 followed by a Galante score at 1:52, quelled the Presbyterian rally in fashioning the final score at 17-10.

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2012-03-18



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