Wagner vs. Robert Morris
April 5, 2014
The Game Story:
Staten Island, NY Redshirt freshman Patrick McMenamin (Longport, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) and sophomore Griffen LeClaire (White Rock, British Columbia/Toronto, Hill Academy) each finished with three goals and one assist but it was not enough as Robert Morris held off Wagner by a count of 12-7 in Northeast Conference (NEC) men's lacrosse action today at Hameline Field. For McMenamin, the hat trick left him one shy of his career high of four goals, which he recorded on March 21 at Richmond, while LeClaire, a member of the 2013 NEC All-Rookie Team, notched a season high with his three scores. With the loss, the Seahawks fall to 2-7 on the season, 0-2 in the NEC while the Colonials improve to 5-6 overall, 2-3 in league play. Wagner is next in action on Friday, April 11 when the Seahawks host Hobart at 7:00 pm on Senior Night in the first-ever home lacrosse night game at Hameline Field. On this sunny, windy afternoon, the Colonials galloped out to a 5-1 lead after one quarter and increased the lead to 7-2 at halftime. After RMU built its biggest lead of the game at 10-3 early in the third quarter, the Seahawks scored four of the next six goals to fashion the final score at 12-7. Sophomore Paul DeVita (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) added a goal for the Seahawks, who received a sterling 20-save effort in goal by senior Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point). The 20 saves by Gibaldi are a season high and tie for the second-highest in his career, two behind the 22 shots that he stopped vs. Saint Joseph's on March 2, 2013. The Colonials were paced by Eric Rankel and Luke Lasziewicz who recorded three goals and one assist apiece. JonPatrik Kealey also finished with four points for RMU, supplying two goals and two asssits, while scoring single goals for the Colonials were Eric Madigan, James Rahe (two assists), and Colin Mawdsley. Brian Bohn stopped 11 shots in goal for Robert Morris, which held a 43-30 edge in shots and a 29-22 advantage in groundballs. The faceoffs were dead even with each team winning 11-of-22, as freshman Anthony Labetti (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) continued his final play in the circle, winning 11-of-21 faceoffs. Robert Morris was 2-of-2 in extra-man opportunities while the Seahawks were 0-of-7 on EMOs. Wagner turned the ball over 18 times while the Colonials committed 10 turnovers. Follow Wagner Athletics on Twitter (@wagnerathletics) for all the latest news and updates on the athletic department