Wagner Drops Defensive Battle to Mount St. Mary's

Lauren Petrik paced the Seahawks (6-9, 1-6 NEC) with two markers while Sam Morin, Jillian Maloney, Megan Sardella and Michela Galante each posted a goal in the loss.

Wagner College Stadium has been a place of horror for Mount St. Mary's sometimes in the past, but the Mount scored the first four games in the match and held on after a late charge from Wagner to earn the victory. The Mount is now 14-3 all-time against the Seahawks and 6-3 in Staten Island, but the squad has not lost to Wagner since the 2005 season.

For the second-straight game, Semler kick started the offense only on Sunday she found the back of the net instead of assisting the first marker of the day at 3:57. Diaz then scored unassisted at 4:55 before Morgan Dalton (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) set up Larrimore at 6:44 and McGann converted a free-position opportunity at 8:17 for a 4-0 margin.

Wagner scored the final two goals of the stanza to trim the margin to 4-2 at halftime. Galante posted an 8-meter tally at 13:27 and Petrik scored unassisted with 20 seconds left in the half to make it a two-goal game at the break.

Semler then started the scoring in the second half with a pair of free-position goals at 33:41 and 40:06 to give the Mountaineers a 6-2 lead.

The Seahawks answered right back with a free-position score by Maloney at 41:08 and a Morin unassisted tally at 50:40 to cut the margin to 6-4.

The two teams then traded goals in the final nine minutes. Larrimore found the back of the net off a feed from Hannah Gutcher (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) at 51:37, but Sardella answered when she took a pass from Erika Bulken at 54:48. Diaz scored unassisted at 57:50 before Petrik posted a free-position tally at 58:30 to end the scoring with Mount St. Mary's coming away with an 8-6 victory.

Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) fueled the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls while Melissa Cox (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) added two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Diaz and Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) each scooped up three draw controls.

Mount St. Mary's, who still has a shot to host the NEC Tournament with a victory, concludes the regular season at Monmouth on Friday. Match time is 3:00 p.m.

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2012-04-15



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