Santor Leads Wagner Over VMI for First Victory
from press release
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Sophomore
midfielder Cory Santor (Glastonbury, CT/ Glastonbury) recorded
career highs with five goals and three assists while three other
Seahawks tallied four goals apiece as Wagner scored its most goals
ever vs. a Division I opponent in earning its first win of the
season by an 18-12 count over VMI at Hameline Field.
This game was played in brutal weather conditions, featuring pelting rain, high winds and a thick fog that rolled in intermittently throughout the contest.
The trio of Seahawks who sank four goals each were sophomore attackman David Decirce (Clarence, NY/ Clarence), freshman attackman Griffen Leclaire (White Rock, BC/ Hill Academy) and senior midfielder Colin O'Rourke (Worcerster, MA/ St. John’s Shrewsbury). For Decirce and Leclaire, the four-goal efforts were career highs. O’Rourke, meanwhile, was coming off a career-high five-goal game vs. Mercer on Saturday and, with his four tallies today, now has nine goals and one assist in his last two outings.
Junior attackman Brian Faughnan (New Canaan, CT/ New Canaan) was the ultimate play-maker on this day, dishing out a career-high four assists as the Seahawks’ point man positioned much of the day behind the cage. Also playing a pivotal role in today's victory was senior faceoff specialist Krey Keller (Colorado Springs, CO/ Cheyenne Mountain, CO) who put in a day’s work and then some in taking all of the game’s 34 faceoffs while winning 19.
The Seahawks’ previous high output vs. a Division I opponent was 12, which they notched in a 12-7 win over Presbyterian on March 3, 2009. Since Wagner began its men’s lacrosse program in 2000, today’s 18-goal affair ranks third, behind two 20-plus goal games vs. Division III member CCNY. On March 21, 2001, the Seahawks defeated CCNY 20-3 and the following season set the all-time single-game goal mark in a 21-3 victory over the Beavers on March 6, 2002.
Wagner (1-5) will look to make it two in a row at Vermont on Sat., March 16 at 2:00 pm while VMI fell to 0-6. following today's loss. The Seahawks could easily be going for a three-game winning streak as they are coming off a back-and-forth 12-11 defeat to Mercer in a game in which they led late.
With today’s 18-goal affair, the Green & White set a school-record for goals in consecutive games with 30.
Wagner took a 5-2 lead in this one after the first quarter but VMI outscored the Seahawks in the second quarter 4-3 in slicing the deficit to 8-6 at halftime. The Keydets scored the first goal of the second half, an unassisted tally by Russell East at 13:25 to draw VMI to within one at 8-7. The Seahawks countered with a pair of goals within a 34-second span by Leclaire and Decirce, the latter off a Faunghan assist at 11:06 gave Wagner its first-three goal game since the early going, at 10-7.
VMI then went on a 3-0 run to tie the game at 10-10, with the third goal a man-up score by Anthony Mordaga coming with 6:11 left in the third quarter. Wagner steadied the ship with back-to-back goals y Santor and Leclaire, with Santor assisting on the second goal with 2:00 to go in the third. The Keydets fought back as Bernie Mowbray buried a goal with 13 seconds left in the quarter as the team’s headed into the final frame with Wagner on top by a scant 12-11 margin.
Three days ago, the Seahawks let a one-goal lead get away against Mercer, allowing two scores in the game’s final four minutes to lose by one. Today, Wagner was bent on sealing the deal. Instead of allowing VMI to tie or take the lead, Wagner went on a game-deciding 4-0 blitz on goals by Santor, Decirce, Leclaire and O’Rourke in building an insurmountable 16-11 lead with 3:24 left en route to the 18-12 win.
East paced VMI offensively with four goals and one assist while Alex Henthorn and Dan Bull added two goals apiece for the Keydets. In goal, Matt Lindemann was credited with 10 saves.
VMI out-shot Wagner 53-33 but the Seahawks showed much more precision and efficiency in recording 28 shots on goal to the Keydets’ 23. In addition to winning 19-of-34 facoffs, all by Keller, Wagner held a 34-28 edge in ground balls. Junior goalie Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point) came up with 11 saves in recording the win.