Wagner Drops NEC Decision at Central Connecticut

New Britain, CT - Wagner took an early 3-2 lead and trailed by just a 5-4 count with 10 minutes left in the first half before Central Connecticut reeled off four consecutive goals to seize a 9-4 halftime lead en route to a 14-7 Northeast Conference (NEC) victory.

Junior attacker Erika Bulken (Baldwinsville, NY/ C. W. Baker) and sophomore attacker San Morin (Rockville Centre, NY/ South Side) scored two goals apiece to pace the Seahawks who fall to 6-6 on the season, 1-3 in NEC play. Bulken, who has been among the nation's leaders in draw controls per game, had four on the afternoon to lead Wagner while senior midfielder Lauren Petrik (Baldwinsville, NY/ C.W. Baker) handed out a team-high three assists.

With Wagner trailing 9-4 coming out of halftime, the teams opened the second half by scoring two goals apiece and when senior midfielder Denieda McCullough (Freeport, NY/ Freeport) converted off a Petrik assist with 18:10 left, the Seahawks were within five goals at 11-6. But the Blue Devils ran of three consecutive goals to put the game out of reach at 14-6 with 2:46 to go. Seahawk freshman Jackie Kennedy (Massapequa, NY/ Massapequa) rounded out the day's scoring with her first career goal with 57 seconds left to play, fashioning the final score at 14-7.

For the Blue Devils, Meaghan McCurry tallied four goals while Betsey Vendal added three tallies as Central Connecticut St. improves to 5-4 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Claire Healy accumulated a game-high five points for the Blue Devils on two goals and three assists while Ashley Perkoski dished out three assists while scoring one goal.

Central Connecticut St. out-shot Wagner 36-28 and led in draw controls 14-9 while Wagner held a 15-14 advantage in ground balls. The Blue Devils were 2 of 4 on free position shots while the Seahawks were 1 of 5. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Sweeney (Madison, NJ/ Madison) had 12 saves in goal for the Seahawks while her counterpart, Erin Delancey, also had 12 saves on the afternoon for the Blue Devils.

Wagner is next in action on Friday, April 5 when the Seahawks travel to LIU-Brooklyn in a 6:00 pm contest.

Notes Several Seahawks are climbing the charts in Wagner's record book. Senior attacker Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) is now third all-time in career goals with 130 and has moved up to second in career shots with 306. Clark is also fifth all-time in total points with 153 and seventh in draw controls with 101. Petrik has moved into a tie for third all-time in Wagner history in assists with 48, Bulken is fourth all-time with 120 draw controls. Senior midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/ Westview) is ninth all-time with 93 draw controls, McCullough is ninth in caused turnovers with 62, just ahead of Petrik who is in 10th place with 50 caused turnovers. On the Seahawk single-season list, Bulken has already claimed the No. 1 spot in draw controls with 67 while Petrik's 18 assists rank seventh.


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