Wagner Defeats Manhattan Behind Peterson's Five Goals

Staten Island, NY Sophomore midfielder Stephanie Peterson (Vernon Township, NJ/Vernon) poured in a career-high five goals to power Wagner to a 14-7 victory over Manhattan at chilly Hameline Field this afternoon.

With the victory, the Seahawks even their season record at 2-2 while the Jaspers fall to 0-4.

The Green & White jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the game's opening 7:47 on unassisted goals by sophomore midfielder Shea Gegan (Mansquan, NJ/Manasquan) at 27:24, sophomore attack Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview) at 24:28, and Peterson's first tally of the game that made it 3-0 at the 22:13 mark of the opening half.

The Jaspers scored three of the next four goals to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 9:13 remaining in the first half. Peterson and Gegan then sank consecutive free-position shots to open a 6-3 lead before a Domenica O'Brey goal off of a free-position shot made it a 6-4 game with 3:07 left in the half and that's the way the score remained at intermission.

The Seahawks came out on fire in the second half with a pair of Peterson goals, sandwiched around goals by freshman midfielder Olivia Streilein (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and junior midfielder Jessica Mills (Vernon Township, NJ/Vernon), the latter coming off of a Streilein feed at the 17:10 mark that completed a 4-0 run and widened the Seahawk lead to 10-4.

After Stephanie Ranagan notched her second goal of the game for Manhattan to make it 10-5, the Seahawks embarked on a 3-0 spree on goals by Tumolo, Peterson and Mills, to make it a 13-5 game with 2:50 left. Sophomore midfielder Gretchen Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/Manasquan) capped the day's scoring for Wagner by depositing a free-position shot with 2:50 remaining to make it 14-5. The Jaspers then tallied a pair of goals in the final minute to fashion the final score at 14-7.

Wagner held a commanding 42-22 edge in shots and led in ground balls, 21-15, while Manhattan held a 13-10 advantage in draw controls. The Seahawks were 4 of 9 on free-position shots and 2 of 3 on extra-man opportunities, while the Jaspers were 3 of 9 on free-position shots and 1 of 3 in EMOs.

In addition to Peterson's five-goal affair, Tumolo added four points on two goals and two assists. Streilein finished with two goals and one assist, Mills also had two goals, while Fay added one goal for the Seahawks. Junior Shannon Sweeney (Madison, NJ/Madison) was solid in goal throughout for the Green & White, finishing with eight saves while allowing just the seven goals.

For Peterson, the five-goal effort eclipsed her previous career high of four goals which she registered vs. Bryant on April 14, 2013.

Ranagan's two goals led the way for Manhattan as four different Jaspers finished with one goal apiece.

In goal, Christin Fiorinelli, who played all but the final 6:06 of the first half when she was shaken up, had 15 saves while allowing 13 of Wagner's 14 goals. Kelsey Thomas had two saves with one goal allowed during her 6:06 stint.

Wagner is next in action on Saturday, March 8 when the Seahawks travel to the Jersey Shore to meet former Northeast Conference rival Monmouth with opening draw set for 1:00 pm.

2014-03-06



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