Wagner vs. Monmouth
February 26, 2014
The Game Story:
Staten Island, NY Sophomore midfielder Paul DeVita (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) buried THIS low, 10-yard blast from the right wing, his third goal of the game, after receiving a pretty back-handed flip from sophomore attack Griffen LeClaire (White Rock, BC/Toronto, Hill Academy) with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime period, to lift Wagner to a thrilling 7-6 victory over Monmouth at Hameline Field. Monmouth jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and led after one quarter by a 5-2 margin, holding the ball for most of the period while peppering the Seahawks with 16 shots. The Seahawks cut into the lead in the second quarter, when DeVita found the net from Patrick McMenamin (Longport, NJ / St. Augustine Prep), sending Wagner into the half down by the count of 5-3. The Seahawks drew to within one goal at 5-4 when Griffen LeClaire slammed home an unassisted tally with 7:53 to go in the third quarter. The Hawks pushed the lead back to a two-goal advantage just 1:43 later when Chris Daly got loose in transition and hit the back of the net, after receiving a pass from Zach Johannes, at the 6:11 mark of the third quarter which made it 6-4. Wagner got one back when Patrick McMenamin scored off of a Griffen LeClaire assist with 3:04 left in the third quarter to make it a 6-5 game. That's the way the score remained until DeVita notched his second goal of the afternoon off an assist from senior midfielder Matthew Shute (Suffield, CT/Suffield) with 6:34 left in regulation which sent the game into overtime. Both goalies held steady in the first four-minute sudden death overtime period, as Wagner senior Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY / Rocky Point) had one big save in the first extra period, while Monmouth's Garrett Conway stopped three Seahawk shots to send the game into the second overtime. A pair of Monmouth turnovers in the second overtime gave the Green and White an opportunity to end the game, but Wagner was unsuccessful on two shots, sending the game into a third four-minute extra session. Gibaldi had another game-saving stop in the third overtime period while the Seahawk offense was wide again on two shots, making for a third scoreless extra session. The fourth overtime started to look like the previous three with a wide Wagner shot, before DeVita got his chance with 18 seconds left in the period. Griffen LeClaire found DeVita, who sent a low, darting shot ,from 10-yards out on the right wing, past Conway for the game-winning score. DeVita's hat trrick paced Wagner offensively, while Griffen LeClaire, Patrick McMenamin, William McMenamin, and Matthew Shute rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Gibaldi finished the game with nine saves, and Wagner dominated in faceoffs, winning 17-of-20, led by William McMenamin (15-17, 13 ground balls). Monmouth held a 42-34 edge in shots while the Seahawks had the upper hand in the groundball department, 40-25. With the win, the Seahawks even their season record at 1-1 while the Hawks fall to 0-2. The Green & White are next in action on Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 pm when Wagner hosts Saint Joseph's in the Northeast Conference (NEC) opener for both teams.