April 10, 2011

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Freshman's Late Goal Lifts Wagner over Flash

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Freshman attack Sam Morin (Rockville Center, NY/ South Side) scored the game-winning goal with 21 seconds remaining to cap a furious Wagner rally as the Seahawks pulled out a thrilling 12-11 come-from-behind victory over Saint Francis (PA).

With the win, the Seahawks break a three-game slide and improve to 3-9 overall, 2-3 in the Northeast Conference while the Red Flash fall to 4-9 on the season, 1-5 in conference play.

The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair with the biggest lead for either team coming at 2-0 Wagner on early goals by junior midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/ Westview) and freshman attack Leea Sinay (Marcellus, NY/ Marcellus). The game was tied at 3-3 and again at 4-4 before the Red Flash went up 6-5 at halftime.

Saint Francis (PA) opened the second half on a 4-2 run in building its biggest lead of the game at 10-7 following a Catherine Hemming goal with 8:34 left in the game. The Seahawks then embarked on a game-defining 4-0 run to take their first lead since the score was 2-1 some 10 minutes into the game.

Junior midfielder Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/ Westhil) started the four-goal splurge with a goal on a free position shot at the 6:07 mark that made it a 10-8 game. Lauren Kerley of Saint Francis (PA) was then whistled for a yellow card with 5:48 left, a three-minute unreleasable penalty.

Wagner took full advantage of the extra-man opportunity by scoring three unanswered goals over the next 2:21 seconds. Morin found the back of the net after receiving a feed from Sinay with 5:29 left to make it 10-9. Just 25 seconds later, sophomore attack Annie O’Connor (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) scored the first of her two fast-break goals, streaking down the middle of the field before burying home the shot from point-blank range to tie the game at 10-10. That’s the way things stood until the 3:08 mark when O’Connor again broke loose in the open field, firing home another uncontested fast-break goal from in close which put the Seahawks on top 11-10.

The Red Flash answered with an unassisted goal by Katie Simmons with 2:17 left to play which knotted the score at 11-11. Following a Wagner timeout, the Seahawks patiently worked the ball around the perimeter. With 25 seconds left, Morin received a pass on the left side of the goal and worked her way through a pack of Red Flash defenders before letting loose with the game-winner from five yards out straight on with 21 seconds to go.

Clark led Wagner with four goals while O’Connor added three tallies. Sinay and Morin finished with two goals apiece while Garces chipped in with one. Recording assists for the Seahawks were junior midfielder Lauren Petrik (Syracuse, NY/ Baldwinsville) and Sinay. Freshman goalie Morgan Roach (Syracuse, NY/ Westhill) had 11 saves for the Seahawks while Danielle Pokusa had 18 saves for the Red Flash.

Wagner out-shot Saint Francis (PA) 36-25 and led in ground balls 25-23. The Red Flash held a narrow 14-11 edge in draw controls. Much of the Seahawks’ offensive success came via free position shots as the Seahawks were 5-of-10 on free position shots while the Red Flash were 1-of-5 on Free position shots.

Wagner is next in action on Friday, April 15 when the Seahawks travel to Hamden, CT to meet Quinnipiac.


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