No. 19 Bryant Romps in NEC Victory Over Wagner

SMITHFIELD, R.I. Eighteen different Bulldogs recorded a point, including 16 of them netting a goal, Saturday afternoon as the #19 Bryant dominated Northeast Conference opponent Wagner, 21-3, in the final regular-season home game of the year.

Saturday's contest, which also marked 2012 Senior Day, saw no Bryant player score more than two goals as the Bulldogs (12-3, 4-0 NEC) spread around the scoring and saw the majority of the roster hit the field to stay perfect in league play and set up a winner-take-all showdown with Robert Morris next weekend.

Wagner (1-12, 1-3) got two of its three tallies in the fourth, as sophomore goalie Niko Dutra (Danville, Calif.) took over for senior captain and four-year starter Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.) between the pipes, with the former making three stops in the final period and Love turning away eight and allowing just a single goal in 45 minutes of action.

Senior Travis Harrington (Vestal, N.Y.) and junior captain Peter McMahon (Wilton, Conn.) led the Bulldogs on the stat sheet with four points apiece, both off a pair of goals and two more assists. Starting sophomore Dan Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y.) also netted a pair of tallies, as did junior longpole Mason Poli (Downingtown, Pa.) and sophomore Ryan Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.), whose goals were the first of his collegiate career.

Joining Jarvis with his first-career goal was rookie Ryan Yunker (Churchville, N.Y.), who also dished out two assists for three points on the day, and frosh Davin Lindsay (Whitby, Ont.), who notched the game's final tally -- a man-up score -- with three minutes to play in his first-career appearance as a Bulldog.

Other new faces to get involved in the offensive end included rookie midfielder Kevin Rudd (Berwyn, Pa.), who recorded three points of his own off a goal and two assists, and junior captain Nils Thompson (Ponoka, Alberta) and second-line middie Bo Redpath (Norwich, Vt.), who each collected a tally and an helper in the victory.

The Bulldogs exploded for six goals in each of the first three periods, opening the game with four scores in the first five minutes and eventually taking a 12-1 halftime lead into the locker room. Bryant would keep most of its regulars on the sidelines for the fourth quarter, including Love and rookie faceoff phenom Kevin Massa (Huntington, N.Y.), as all three of the Bulldogs' fourth-frame goal scorers notched his first tally of the season in the contest.

Massa was impressive through three quarters against a trio of Seahawk opponents, finishing his day with a 19 of 21 clip before giving way to sophomore Rob Goeren (Massapequa, N.Y.), who won three of the six faceoffs in the final 15 minutes. Bryant finished the game going 22 of 27 from the X.

Wagner would earn its first offensive possession of the game with 4:42 left to play in the opening quarter with the score at 5-0 in Bryant's favor. The Seahawks capitalized on the opportunity, scoring the team's only goal of the three quarters off its first shot of the contest, a Nick DePhillips firing from 15-yards out that beat Love high.

The Bulldogs answered with 1:19 left in the quarter with the first of back-to-back Sipperly goals spanning the two frames for a 6-1 edge after the first 15 minutes of play. Sipperly and Harrington would be the only multi-goal scorers of the first half, each scoring twice as 10 different Bulldogs recorded a tally before the break.

As potent as Bryant's offense was, the Bulldogs struggled with the extra man in the first half, going 0 for 3 before scoring on each of the EMOs of the next two quarters to finish the day 2 for 5 in the category. Bryant's man-down defense kept the Seahawks off the board on two extra man opportunities.

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2012-04-22



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