Wagner Falls to Providence in 2013 Season Opener

Staten Island, NY Freshman midfielder Patrick McMenamin (Longport, NJ/ St. Augustine Prep) put an early charge into the crowd at Hameline Field, slamming home a rebound from point-blank range to give Wagner an 1-0 lead before Providence countered with seven consecutive goals en route to recording a 17-6 win in the 2013 season opener for both teams.

The Friars of the Big East Conference were led by Sean Wright and JT Weber, who notched three goals apiece, while Andrew Barton and Kevin Blair found the back of the cage twice. Goalie Jack Connelly held up in goal all afternoon, recording 16 saves.

While 10 of Providence's 17 goals came out of the stick of four players, the Seahawks spread their scoring around as six different Wagner players tallied goals. In addition to McMenamin, the other goal-scorers for the Green & White were senior midfielder Nick DePhillips (Glen Ridge, NJ/ Glen Ridge) and #Colin O'Rourke# (Worcester, MA/ St. John's Shrewsbury), along with freshman attack Griffen Leclaire (White Rock, BC/ Hill Academy), sophomore midfielder Corey Santor (Glastonbury, CT/ Glastonbury) and sophomore attack David DeCirce (Clarence, NY/ Clarence).

Junior Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point) was stout in goal, stopping 20 shots.

Trailing by the 7-1 count following the Providence seven-goal splurge, the Seahawks fought back with a pair of unassisted goals by Decirce at 10:53 of the second quarter, followed by a DePhillips tally at 7:58 which made it a 7-3 game. Just eight seconds later, Providence sank a fastbreak goal out of the faceoff to make it 8-3. With 5:37 left in the opening half, Santor pumpred home a goal off a feed from Leclaire to make it 8-4, but the Friars scored two of the final three goals of the half to up 10-5 at the half, eventually building to that 17-6 final.

Statistically, Providence out-shot Wagner 57-33, led in ground balls 34-27 and, perhaps most significantly, controlled possession of thee ball by winning 18 of 26 faceoffs. Another key in the game was the fine play of Providence's man-down unit. The Friars were flagged for 10 penalties on the day and the Seahawks were unable to convert on any of those opportrunities. Conversely, Providence was successful on 4 of 6 extra-man opportunties.

The Seahawks spring back into action on Tuesday, February 19 when they make the short trek across the water to meet the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in a 3:00 pm faceoff in Piscataway, NJ. Rutgers heads into Saturday play with a 1-0 mark, having defeated Manhattan 15-6 on Feb. 10.


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