Wagner vs. Manhattan
April 18, 2007
The Game Story:
Staten Island, NY - The Wagner College men's lacrosse team dropped a MAAC Conference battle this afternoon at Wagner College Stadium to the visiting Manhattan College Jaspers (6-6, 3-2 MAAC) by a score of 16-5. The Seahawks now fall to a record of 0-12, 0-5 MAAC.

Despite garnering a clear edge in the war of the groundball - Wagner finished with 31 to Manhattan's 28 - the Seahawks got behind early in the contest and struggled to make up ground the rest of the way.

After the first period buzzer sounded, Manhattan only gained a two goal edge, but had managed to shut out the Green & White offense completely on the legs of good defense - the Jaspers only allowed the Seahawks to clear two out of their four tries - and the absence of Wagner's opportunities for shots on goal. They would only get off two shots to the Jaspers nine in that opening period.

For Wagner, the goose egg on the scoreboard wouldn't be cracked until there was 8:51 left in the second period when senior captain Josh Hamilton (Millersville, MD/Serverna Park) found the back of the net on a pass from junior midfielder Mike Hess (Potomac, MD/The Heights School). By that time, even with that score, Manhattan held a 5-1 advantage and remained poised to expand the lead even further.

They did, and unfortunately for the Seahawks, they did it in a big way.

After the Hamilton score the Jaspers went on a 9-0 run through halftime and well into the third period of play. It wasn't until senior midfielder Ryan Pepe (Andover, NJ/Pope John XXIII) scored unassisted with 13:16 left in the fourth that the torrid Manhattan run was quelled.

Sophomore attack Evan Shull (Jefferson Station, NY/Comsewogue) scored not long after with 12:51 left in the game, but, by that time it was too late.

Sophomore Jeff Policicchio (Novi, MI/Novi) and Shull would tack on a late goal apiece to make the final, with the Jaspers winning going away, 16-5.

Senior goalkeeper Ian Gallagher (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) had a busy day in the cage as he went up against 44 Jasper shots, letting up 16 goals but also coming up with a masterful number of saves in 22, tying a career-high.

The Seahawks now prepare for their last home game of the year, Senior Day, here at Wagner College Stadium when they face off against the Virginia Military Institute at 1 p.m.