Wagner vs. Bellarmine
March 8, 2009
The Game Story:
Staten Island, NY – Senior attackmen Evan Shull (Port Jefferson Station, NY/ Comsewogue) and Will Macumber(Manorville, NY/ Eastport South Manor) tallied two goals apiece for Wagner but it was not enough as Bellarmine came away with a 14-8 victory.

With the win, the Knights improved to 4-1 on the season while the Seahawks, who were coming off of last Tuesday’s rousing 12-7 win over Presbyterian, saw their record fall to 1-4.

Sean Coyle scored two of Bellarmine’s first three goals as the Knights jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. Wagner tied the game at 3-3 on consecutive goals by freshman attackman Marc Payson (Cream Ridge, NJ/ Allentown) and freshman midfielder John Hird (Phoenixville, PA/ Shipley School). Bellarmine scored the next two goals to take a 5-3 lead. Macumber made it a one-goal game at 5-4 but the Knights notched three of the next four goals in taking an 8-4 halftime lead.

With Bellarmine leading 9-5, Shull hit a streaking Macumber with a pin-point pass and Macumber rifled the ball past goalkeeper Scott Bowles to draw the Seahawks to within 9-6 with 14:12 remaining in the game. But this is as close as Wagner would get as Bellarmine knocked home the next two goals to build an 11-6 lead en route to the 14-8 win.

A key to the Bellarmine victory was the Knights’ dominance in the face-off department as they won 18-of-25 face-offs. Bellarmine also held a healthy 44-28 advantage in ground balls while Wagner held a 30-26 edge in shots. The Knights were 2-of-3 in extra-man opportunities while the Seahawks were 0-of-3.

Doyle and Teddy Avendt had hat tricks for the Knights while Dereck Hopcroft added two goals. In addition to Shull and Macumber, goal-scorers for Wagner included Hird, Payson, and freshman attackmen Mike Hurley (Bellerica, MA/ Bellerica), and Marcus Janda (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland). Shull, who scored four goals in the win over Presbyterian, finished the game with a team-high four points as he added two assists to his two-goal outing.

Of the 14 points Wagner recorded in the game, six were tallied by freshmen.

Bowles had eight saves in goal for Bellarmine and David Haas recorded two saves while playing the final 5:29 of the game. For Wagner, freshman Peter Rubin (Rockaway, NY/ East Rockaway) stopped six shots in goal.

The Seahawks are next in action on Saturday, March 14 when they travel to Sacred Heart University for a 2:30 pm face-off.