Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/17
From Press Release
Wagner sophomore goalie Matt Sefcik recorded a career-high 17 saves and junior attackman Andrew Streilein (Lenape-NJ) led a balanced offensive effort with two goals and an assist to carry host Wagner to a thrilling 9-8 victory over Lafayette today at Hameline Field.
In posting the home-opening win, which comes on the heels of last Saturday’s tough 14-13 triple-overtime loss at Manhattan, the Green & White even their season record at 1-1 while the Leopards fall to 0-2.
Junior defenseman Andrew Park was a force throughout, recording a game-high four caused turnovers while collecting two groundballs in helping to lead the Seahawks to their first-ever victory over a Patriot League school.
The Seahawks overcame a 4-2 deficit by embarking on a 3-0 run over the final 6:37 of the first half in taking a 5-4 lead into the intermission. Sophomore midfielder Spencer Kaufman got things started with an unassisted blast from 15 yards to make it a 4-3 game at the 6:37.
Less than two minutes later, sophomore midfielder Connor Davis (Bishop Shanahan) knotted the game at 4-4 with a straight-on goal from in close, off a feed from freshman attackman Dominic Branda with 4:54 to go in the half. Then, with 2:07 remaining in the half, junior midfielder Aaron Denesevich (St. Augustine Prep), fired home a 20-yard unassisted dart to give Wagner the lead for good at 5-4.
The second half was a nip-and-tuck affair as the Leopards overcame a 6-4 deficit to forge a 7-7 tie on two consecutive goals by Will McCarthy, the latter coming with 6:28 to play. The Seahawks countered with the go-ahead goal as junior Joe Lomeli, who tallied a team-high four points in the opener vs. Manhattan (3g, 1a), sailed one in from the right wing off a scramble with 3:44 left.
Junior midfielder JP Pawela then gave the Seahawks a two-goal cushion at 9-7 with just 2:14 remaining when he found the back of the net off of Branda’s second assist of the game.
The Leopards would answer with a Scott McAvoy (Wyomissing, 2G, 1A) score with just 11 seconds left to make it a 9-8 game. Lafayette then won the ensuing faceoff and called time with three seconds remaining to set up a last play. But Kevin Lewis’ shot was wide left as time expired, setting off a wild Seahawk celebration.
Anthony Labetti (Moorestown-NJ) won 6 of 12 face-offs for Wagner and William McMenamin (St. Augustine Prep) scored once. Jason Sands led the Leopards with four points on three assists and a goal.