Seahawks Battle Lafayette Before Falling 13-9

Staten Island, NY Wagner fell behind Lafayette 10-3 at halftime before clawing its way back into the game behind some fine faceoff work and four second-half points from senior midfielder Nick DePhillips (Glen Ridge, NJ/ Glen Ridge/ Ohio St.), but the Leopards held on for a 13-9 win at cold, windy Hameline Field.

Lafayette, a member of the Patriot League, evens its record at 2-2 while the Seahawks fall to 0-3.

DePhillips, who did not score in the first half, totaled his four second-half points on two goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Cory Santor (Glastonbury, CT/ Glastonbury) also notched two goals while senior #Colin O'Rourke# (Worcester, MA/ St. John's Shrewsbury) and junior Brian Faughnan (New Canaan, CT) contributed two points apiece as each scored one goal while assisting on another.

Freshmen twin brothers #Griffen Leclaire and Reed Leclaire (White Rock, BC/ Hill Academy), scored a goal apiece as did sophomore defenseman Matt Bunting (Wyckoff, NJ/ Ramapo), who delivered the play of the game early in the fourth quarter. With Lafayette on top 12-5 and threatening for more, Bunting aggressively poked the ball away from Leopard midfielder John Floyd near the Seahawk cage, collected the rebound and then sprinted the length of the field before burying a shot with his long stick from point-blank range to make it a 12-6 game.

Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point) had 10 saves in goal for the Seahawks and is now up to 38 saves on the season.

Sonny Round collected seven points on four goals and three assists to lead Lafayette, Kevin Wanke added three goals and an assist while Brian Brock finished with two goals and four assists. Jake Hyatt made 16 saves in goal for the Leopards.

Aided by a second half that saw Wagner outscore Lafayette 6-3, the Seahawks out-shot their counterpart from the Keystone State 22-14 in the second half to forge a 39-37 edge for the game. The Leopards held a 28-23 edge in ground ball and won 10 of 12 faceoffs in the first half and 16 of 25 for the game.

Lafayette completely dominated in the faceoff department early in the game, winning the first eight of the game in building a 7-2 lead before senior Krey Keller (Colorado Springs, CO/ Cheyenne Mountain) won two straight early in the third quarter. The Seahawks were successful on 9 of 13 second-half faceoffs, a key ingredient in Wagner's comeback bid.

The Green & White are next in action on Saturday, March 2 when the Seahawks travel to Philadelphia to meet Saint Joseph's in a 1:00 pm start.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. Putting together his third four-goal game of the early season, sophomore Sonny Round led Lafayette to its second win of the season on Tuesday afternoon in Staten Island, N.Y., defeating Wagner, 13-9. Round, coming into the game leading the Patriot League in goals per game, has now tallied 15 in four contests this season.

Classmate Brian Bock helped out with four assists on the day, while Round chipped in with three of his own. Freshman Kevin Wanke tallied the first hat trick of his career, coupling his three goals with an assist. Senior co-captain Anthony Zawadzki and freshman Morgan Westby also netted a goal apiece to round out the scoring.

Zawadzki took over the faceoff duties for the day, winning 15 of his 23 attempts, and the Leopards won the ground ball battle, 28-23. Wagner outshot Lafayette 39-37 on the game, but junior goalkeeper Jake Hyatt came up strong, making 16 saves, allowing just nine shots to slip through to his net.

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