Seahawks Spread Wings But Can't Get by Pioneers

Fairfield, CT Freshman midfielder Shea Gegan (Manasquan, NJ/ Manasquan) turned in a stellar afternoon, leading Wagner in goals (3), ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (5,) but it was not enough as Sacred Heart registered a 12-8 win over the Seahawks.

With the loss, the Seahawks fall to 5-8 on the season, 1-4 in Northeast Conference (NEC), while Sacred Heart improves to 3-7 overall, 2-2 in NEC play.

Fay's first goal of the game, off an assist from sophomore Jessica Mills (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon Township) that gave Wagner an early 2-1 lead before the Pioneers ran off four unanswered goals over the final 12:14 of the half to enter intermission with a 5-2 lead. Sacred Heart then opened the second half with another 4-0 run to begin the second half as the lead grew to a commanding 9-2 margin with 17:30 left in the game.

Gegan stopped the run with an unassisted tally at 16:43 to make it a 9-3 game. Trailing 12-4, Wagner closed the game with four straight goals, all by freshmen, as Casey McCarthy (Cypress, TX/ Cy-Fair), Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/ Clearview), Tori McGrath (Albany, NY/ Bethlehem, NY) and Gegan all found the back of the cage.

For the game, members of Wagner's talented group of 12 freshmen accounted for seven of the eight Seahawk goals and eight of Wagner's 11 points.

Senior #Annie O'Connor# (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) scored one goal as did freshmen McCarthy, Tumolo, McGrath and Gretchen Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/ Manasquan). Mills paced Wagner in assists with two while McCarthy came up with another.

Sacred Heart was led by Shelby Vaccaro's five goals while Kelsey Russo added three goals and Jenna Liljeberg had two. Emily Pepe led the Pioneers in assists with three. Goalie Kelly Keenan had seven saves for the Pioneers.

Wagner outshot Sacred Heart 22-19, while the Pioneers held a 17-14 edge in ground balls. The teams were even in draw controls with 11 apiece. The Pioneers were 4 of 5 on free-position shots while the Seahawks were 2 of 6.

The Seahawks are next in action on Sunday, April 7 when Wagner travels back to the Nutmeg State to meet Quinnipiac in a 1:00 pm start.


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