Bryant Pulls Away Late to Pick up Victory at Wagner

Staten Island, NY After surrendering three unanswered goals to fall into an early 4-1 hole, Wagner fought back to tie the game at 5-5 late in the first half, and were still within 7-6 with 20 minutes left to play, before Bryant pulled away for a 12-8 win.

Freshman Stephanie Peterson (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon Township) continued her torrid scoring with a career-high four goals. The 5-7 Peterson has now scored nine goals in her last three games with today's outing coming on the heels of a three-goal effort vs. Quinnipiac (4/7) and a two-goal game last time out vs. Central Connecticut (4/12).

Peterson is now tied for the team lead in goals with 22, along with sophomore Jessica Mills (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon Township), her former high school teammate, and senior Annie O'Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill).

With the victory, the Bulldogs improve to 8-6 on the season, 4-2 in Northeast Conference play while the Seahawks saw their season now stands at 5-11 and their NEC record falls to 1-7.

On a gorgeous, yet breezy day at Hameline Field, Bryant broke an early 1-1 tie with a 3-0 run over a stretch of 5:11 to seize a 4-1 way with 14:43 remaining in the opening half. Seahawk freshman Gretchen Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/ Manasquan) broke the Bulldog string, in cutting the deficit to 4-2, by scoring a goal in traffic after receiving a feed from Mills at the 14:26 mark.

After Haley Bloom scored at 11:58 for Bryant to make it 5-2, the Seahawks surged back with three straight scores on a goal by freshman Casey McCarthy (Cypress, TX/ Cy-Fair), sandwiched around a pair of tallies by the red-hot Peterson, the latter coming with 5:20 go in the half which forged the 5-5 tie.

That's the way the score remained until Bloom sank a free-position shot with just nine ticks left on the first-half clock to send the Bulldogs into the locker room at halftime with a 6-5 lead.

Lisa Vendel opened the second-half scoring with a goal on a free-position shot at 25:26 to push Bryant's lead to 7-5. Wagner then answered with a well-executed goal at 23:40 when O'Connor hit a darting Mills in stride for a goal that made it 7-6. This would prove to be as close as Wagner would get as Bryant responded with a 3-0 burst to open a game-high four-goal lead at 10-6 with 13:58 left.

Peterson quickly got the Seahawks back into it with consecutive goals, at 11:42 and 10:31, to put the heat on Bryant in closing the gap to 10-8. But the Bulldogs received a man-up goal on a free-position by Katherine Keckeisen at 4:50 to make it 11-8, and another by Kimberley Sniffen at 3:46 and the Bulldogs held on from there in positing the 12-8 victory.

Mills had three points on the day with a goal and two assists, while scoring one goal apiece for the Seahawks were Fay, McCarthy and freshman Kimmy Tumolo (Nullica Hill, NJ/ Clearview). Sophomore Shannon Sweeney (Madison, NJ/ Madison) made four saves while play the game's first 44:21 before freshman Katie Ferrarro (Owings Mill, MD/ McDonogh) came on to record two saves over the final 15:39 of the contest.

Gegan was an active presence all over the field, finishing with a game-high four cased turnovers to go with three ground balls and two draw controls. In the process, Gegan upped her single-season school record-record caused turnovers mark to 39. She also tops the team in ground balls (35) and draw controls (30).

Bryant received balanced scoring throughout its lineup with Bloom leading the way with three goals and two assists, while Sniffen, Keckeisen ad Vendal each finished with two goals and an assist. Goalie Brianna Watt made three saves for the Blue Devils

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