Saint Joseph's Picks up Victory at Wagner

Staten Island, NY Bidding for their third consecutive win of the young season, Wagner rebounded from a 9-2 second-half deficit with three unanswered goals to make it 9-5, but that's as close as the Seahawks would get, as Atlantic 10 member Saint Joseph's notched the final tally of the game for the 10-5 win.

Wagner falls to 2-1 on the season while the Hawks remain perfect at 2-0.

With Saint Joseph's seemingly in control up 9-2, the Seahawks' ensuing three-goal explosion was buoyed by freshmen. Casey McCarthy (Cypress, TX/ Cy-Fair) notched a goal at 15:44 to make it 9-3 before fellow rookie Gretchen Fay (Manasquan, NJ/ Manasquan) blasted home a pair of goals within a span of 3:32 to make it a 9-5 game.

Of the nine points recorded by Wagner on the afternoon, seven were supplied by freshmen.

Saint Joseph's outshot Wagner 19-8 and led in ground balls while the Seahawks won 10 of 17 draw controls. Freshman Katie Ferraro (Owings Mill, MD/ McDonogh) had five saves in goal in a route-going performance while Alisha Aquilno and Genevieve Giblin combined for two saves for the victors.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Saint Joseph's won its second game of the season with a 10-5 win over Wagner on Sunday at Hameline Field in Staten Island, N.Y. With the victory, the Hawks handed the Seahawks their first loss of the season en route to improving their record to 11-0 all-time against Wagner and starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2001.

Trailing 1-0 at the 26:45 mark of the first half, graduate student Meghan McDevitt (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) netted her fifth goal of the season to start a 5-0 run that ended with two consecutive goals from the stick of junior attack Abby Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont).

Wagner (2-1) added another goal with 6:18 remaining in the first half but the Hawks would lead 5-2 heading into halftime.

Just 1:50 into the second half, SJU went on a 4-0 run that saw McDevitt and junior midfielder Val Paolucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Springfield) each score their second goals of the game to extend the Hawks' lead, 9-2.

The Seahawks charged back as Gretchen Fay netted two of three consecutive goals for Wagner, but McDevitt netted the final goal of the game at the 6:16 mark to seal the 10-5 victory for Saint Joseph's.

McDevitt led all scorers with three goals on the afternoon and added one of SJU's two assists on the day. Her assist on Paolucci's first goal at the 22:49 mark of the first half tied McDevitt for fourth in all-time SJU career assists (38) with former Hawk Jenna Martino (2007-10).

Paolucci and Ananian added two goals each while four different Hawks picked up two ground balls apiece.

For the second consecutive game, senior Alisha Aquilino (Abington, Pa./Abington) (1-0) and freshman Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)) (1-0) have teamed up in goal, with the veteran playing the first 30 minutes and the rookie guarding the net in the latter half, and for the second consecutive game, the pair have combined for the win.

Saint Joseph's outshot Wagner 19-8 with 12 of the Hawks' shots coming in the first half. SJU held the advantage in ground balls, 12-8, while the Seahawks won 10 of 17 draw controls on the afternoon.

Saint Joseph's returns home to host Drexel this Friday, March 1. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Finnesey Field. The Hawks are 6-11 all-time against Drexel, with their last win coming in the form of a 9-8 overtime victory on March 26, 2008.


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