Bryant Dominates on Face-offs, Defeats Wagner

Staten Island, NY– Bryant parlayed three-goal performances from a trio of players and enjoyed a 22-3 face-off advantage into a 15-6 Northeast Conference (NEC) victory over Wagner at Hameline Field.

The Bulldogs, who have won five of their last six games, improve to 5-8 on the season and boast a perfect 3-0 mark in NEC play. The Seahawks are now 1-10 overall, 0-3 in league play.

Wagner and Bryant played on even terms during most of a defensive-oriented first quarter. With 4:27 left in the opening stanza, sophomore Adam Geiger (Colts Neck, NJ/ Colts Neck) scored on a breakaway after receiving a long pass in stride from senior Colin O'Rourke (Worcester, MA/ St. John's Shrewsbury) that tied the game at 1-1. Bryant's Colin Dunster answered quickly, converting an unassisted goal at 4:23 to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

The key stretch in the game came in the opening seven minutes of the second quarter when the Bulldogs embarked on a 5-0 run in taking a comfortable 7-1 lead with 8:03 remaining in the half. The Seahawks got one back on an unassisted blast by O'Rourke with 48 seconds left in the half. Bryant countered with an unassisted tally by Collins Gantz at the 17-second mark, staking the Bulldogs to an 8-2 halftime lead.

Bryant opened the second half with consecutive goals in growing the lead to 10-2 en route to the 15-6 win. Wagner received a pair of second-half goals by freshman Paul DeVita (Westfield, NJ/ Westfield) and single tallies by sophomores Cory Santor (Glastonbury, CT/ Glastonbury) and David DeCirce (Clarence, NY/ Clarence). Junior Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point) was active in goal, coming up with 19 saves which are three shy of the career-high 22 saves he made vs. Saint Joseph's (3/2).

The two goals recorded by DeVita were a career high and give him six for the season. DeVita also took the first four faceoffs of his career vs. the Bulldogs, winning one. O'Rourke tied DeVita for team high honors in points with two on one goal and one assist while adding three ground balls. Sophomore Spencer Macquarrie (Doylestown, PA. Central Bucks West) notched the first point of his career when he assisted on the game's last goal, by DeVita, that came with 4:02 left to play.

Bryant's Shane Morrell was the game's leading scorer, recording five points on three goals and two assists. Colin Dunster and Cody Isdaner contribute three goals and one assist apiece for four points. Also scoring four points for the Bulldogs was Alex Zomerfeld who recorded two goals while assisting on two others.

Perhaps the most valuable player on the field today was Kevin Massa, who won 19 of 22 faceoffs to spearhead an effort that saw the Bulldogs win 22 of 25 faceoffs. Goalie Gunnar Waldt also played a key role in the Bryant win with 10 saves in a 52:13 stint before Niko Dutra took over for the final 7:47, in which he recorded three saves.

Bryant out-shot Wagner 44-35 and held a 35-27 edge in ground balls. In a game that featured just one penalty called on each team, Bryant was successful on its lone extra-man opportunity while the Green & White were unable to score in their one EMO.

The Seahawks are next in action on Saturday, April 20 when they travel to Hamden, CT to meet the Bobcats of Quinnipiac in a Noon start. The 2013 season finale will take place on Saturday, April 27 when Wagner hosts Mount St. Mary's in a 1:00 pm start.

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Redshirt freshman Shane Morrell (Glen Mills, Pa.), junior Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, Conn.) and senior Cody Isdaner (Gladwyne, Pa.) all recorded hat tricks as Bryant made it four in a row and moved to 3-0 in Northeast Conference play with a 15-6 win over Wagner on Saturday afternoon.

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