McHenry, Vanderbeek, Stone Lead Hobart Over Wagner

Staten Island, NY Jake McHenry and Taylor Vanderbeek scored four goals apiece and Cam Stone distributed six assists to pace the Hobart lacrosse team to a 15-6 Northeast Conference (NEC) win over Wagner at Hameline Field in the first-ever home night game in the history of the Seahawk program tonight.

With the loss, the Green & White fall to 2-8 on the season, 0-3 in the NEC, while the Statesmen improve to 4-7 on the season, 3-2 in league play.

In addition to being the first lacrosse game played under the lights on Grymes Hill, tonight's contest also marked the first-ever matchup between Wagner and Hobart, which is located in Geneva, NY.

It was also Senior Night, as the Wagner men's lacrosse program honored its three seniors - goalie Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point), midfielder Matthew Shute (Suffield, CT/Suffield) and defenseman David Szilezy (Apex, NC/Cardinal Gibbons) - in a pre-game ceremony.

Sophomore Griffen Leclaire (White Rock, BC/Toronto, Hill Academy) led the Seahawks with three points on two goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Paul DeVita (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) added one goal and one assist, while redshirt freshman Patrick McMenamin (Longport, NJ/St. Augustine Prep, junior David DeCirce (Clarence, NY/Clarence) and Szilezy chipped in with one goal apiece. For Szilezy, it was the long-stick defender's first career goal and it came on a breakaway with 10:25 left to play in the game.

After McMenamin knotted the game at 1-1 with an unassisted tally at the 8:20 mark of the opening quarter, Hobart went on a 3-0 run to go out in front by a 4-1 count. An unassisted goal by DeVita with 12:57 to go in the half sliced the deficit in half before the Statesmen rattled off five of the next six goals in surging to a 9-3 halftime bulge.

A goal by DeCirce, which off of a pretty feed from LeClaire, made it an 11-5 game with 6:45 left in the third quarter. But this is as close as Wagner would get as Hobart notched four of the next five goals en route to the 15-6 victory.

Hobart out-shot the Seahawks 36-26 and held a slim 24-23 edge in ground balls. Wagner won four of the game's first five faceoffs but the Statesmen would go on to win 12 of the next 19 to wind up with a 16-8 advantage in this important category. Jake Shapiro took all 24 faceoffs for Hobart.

Gibaldi recorded six saves in goal during the first half before giving way to sophomore Anthony Peruso (Warwick, NY/John S. Burke Catholic), who came on to register seven saves while playing the entire second half in his longest stint of the season. Peter Zonino earned the win in goal for Hobart, stopping seven shots over the game's initial 51:19, before being replaced by Jackson Brown, who had two saves over the final 8:41.

Following tonight's final home tilt of the season, the Seahawks conclude the 2014 regular season with NEC road dates at Sacred Heart (4/15), Mount St. Mary's (4/19) and Bryant (4/26).

Note Wagner College president, Dr. Richard Guarasci hosted a pre-game gathering of administrators and representatives from Hobart College. Prior to arriving on Grymes Hill, Guarasci was Dean of Hobart College, where he was also a faculty member, serving as a Professor of Political Science, from 1992 to 1997.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-Senior attackman Cam Stone registered six assists to break the Hobart College Division I career record, leading the Statesmen to a 15-6 Northeast Conference victory at Wagner College tonight. He raised his career helper total to 81, two more than the previous standard established by Nate Hill '05.

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