Wagner Ends Season with Resounding Victory vs. LIU Brooklyn

Staten Island, NY Senior Annie O'Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) ended her Seahawk career in grand fashion, burying four of her career-tying five goals and both of her assists in the first half alone to help Wagner build a 14-0 lead at intermission en route to a 20-2 victory over LIU Brooklyn.

With the win, the Seahawks finish the 2013 season with an overall record of 6-11 and a Northeast Conference (NEC) mark of 2-7 while the Blackbirds ended the year at 0-16, 0-9 in NEC play.

Senior Jillian Maloney (Mahopac, NY/ Mahopac) and freshman Gretchen Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/ Manasquan) tallied all three of their goals in the opening stanza in helping to stake the Seahawks' to an insurmountable lead early. Maloney's hat trick, in her final game as a Seahawk, matched her career high while Fay's three-goal effort set a career mark.

Wagner's third senior, Erika Bulken (Baldwinsville, NJ/ C.W. Baker), also ended her career on a high note with three points, which came on a goal and two assists. The three seniors put an exclamation on their collective careers, combining for 13 points, led O'Connor's seven-point showing (5 goals, 2 assists), and the three points each by Maloney (3 goals) and Bulken (1 goal, 2 assists)

Perhaps this trio was buoyed by the presence of their many family members who were on hand to witness their final collegiate games and to share in the pre-game Senior Day Ceremony.

Jessica Mills (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon) capped her brilliant sophomore season with two goals and two assists as did freshman Shea Gegan (Manasquan, NJ/ Manasquan), who also added a career-high six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Freshman Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/ Clearview) added one goal and one assist, while junior Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/ Columbia) and freshman Stephanie Peterson (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon) scored one goal apiece as did sophomore Chantel Agnew (Poolesville, MD/ Poolesville). With 11:21 remaining in the game, Agnew gave the crowd,as well as the Seahawks' bench, a charge by scoring her first career goal.

Freshman Katie Ferraro (Owings Mill, MD/ McDonogh), who was between the pipes in the first half, was asked to make just one save in registering the win. Sophomore Shannon Sweeney (Madison, NJ/ Madison) recorded fives over the first 25:18 of the second half before yielding to junior Morgan Roach (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill), who recorded one save during the game's final 4:42.

Caitlin Farrell scored both of LIU Brooklyn's goals while Blackbird goalie Gina Haber came up with eight saves.

Milestones Several Seahawks etched their names into the Wagner career and single-season record books during the 2013 campaign. Mills set a school record for single-season assists with 35 as the previous school record of 28 assists was set last season by Lauren Petrik.

Mills added 24 goals to those 35 assists, giving her a team-high 59 points which ties for fifth place (Kelly Blundin, 2008) on the all-time Seahawk single-season list. Mills will enter her junior season in 2014 with 43 career assists, good for seventh place on the Wagner all-time list and within 27 of surpassing current record-holder Kelly Blundin who amassed 69 assists from 2006-2009.

Bulken won150 career draw controls during her productive career, which ranks third on the career list behind Cara Gonzalez (181, 2006-2009) and Krissie Fischer (166, 1998-2001). Gegan was a revelation during her freshman season, shattering the school season-season record for caused turnovers with 42, bettering the previous mark of 33 held by Stacy Murphy (1998).

Today's game marked the ninth all-time meeting between the schools and Wagner now owns an all-time record of 8-1 vs. the Blackbirds.

2013-04-19



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