March 7, 2011

Clark Ties Career High in Wagner Victory

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Junior midfielder Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) tied her career high with five goals and added two assists while freshman midfielder Leea Sinay (Marcellus, NY/ Marcellus) added a career-high four goals as the Wagner women’s lacrosse team posted its first win of the season, a 20-11 vanquishing of Presbyterian.

With the win, the Seahawks improve to 1-2 on the young season while the Blue Hose fall to 1-5. Today’s game marked the first of two contests to be played at High Point University during Wagner’s Spring Break, as the Seahawks will face host High Point on March 10 at 6:00 pm.

In addition to Clark and Sinay’s offensive exploits, Wagner received three goals apiece from junior attack Annie O’Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) and junior midfielder Lauren Petrik (Syracuse, NY/ Baldwinsville) as nine different Seahawks scored goals. For O’Connor, it marked her second consecutive three-goal game, coming on the heels of a hat trick at Manhattan on March 2, while Petrik’s three goals are a career high.

Sophomore attack Erika Bulken (Syracuse, NY/ C.W. Baker) led the Seahawks with three assists while tying junior midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/ Westview) for team-high honors in draw controls with five.

After Presbyterian took the early 1-0 lead, Wagner reeled off seven consecutive goals, with three of the tallies coming from Bulken. After the Blue Hose cut the deficit to 8-4, the Seahawks received goals from O’Connor and freshman Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/ Columbia) to build a seemingly comfortable 10- 4 advantage. Presbyterian, however, countered by closing the half with three consecutive goals to make it a 10-7 game at intermission.

Wagner put the game out of each by opening the second half with an eight-goal onslaught in racing out to an insurmountable 18-7 lead with 9:26 remaining in the game. Clark kick-started the Seahawk splurge with a pair of goals within the first 3:10 of the half and later added two more goals in the run as Wagner never looked back.

Sophomore midfielder Melanie Gorman (Medford, NJ/ Shawnee), sophomore attack Jillian Maloney (Mahopac, NY/ Mahopac), Galante, senior attack Karlee Keller (Colorado Springs, CO/ Cheyenne Mountain) and freshman attack Sam Morin (Rockville Centre, NY/ South Side) each tallied one goal apiece for the Seahawks.

Shannon Hartford paced Presbyterian with three goals while Susan England had 12 saves in goal.

The Seahawks out-shot the Blue Hose 35-31 and led in draw controls 18-15 while the Blue Hose held a 28-26 edge in the ground ball department. Wagner was 3-of-4 in free position shots while Presbyterian was 1-of-1.

Senior Marcela Hernandez (Freeport, NY/ Freeport) recorded five saves in the first half in recording the win before giving way to freshman Morgan Roach (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) who came up with five saves in the second half.

NOTE - The 20 goals are the most scored by Wagner since April 9, 2009 when the Seahawks defeated LIU 22-16.


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