Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Wagner On Senior Night

Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Wagner On Senior Night

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Senior midfielder Alex Dodge tied a season-high with four goals Saturday night, as the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team lost to the Wagner Seahawks 11-8 at Campus Field Saturday on Senior Night.

Dodge led all scorers with his four goals. Freshman Max Tuttle also had four points with a goal and a career-high three assists. Ryan O'Donoghue led SHU with four groundballs and added two caused turnovers. Greg Price made 11 saves in goal.

Wagner (6-7, 1-3 NEC) scored first Saturday night as Christian McCormick put the Seahawks up 1-0 55 seconds into the game. Sacred Heart (2-10, 0-4 NEC) tied the game at the 12:07 mark when Brian Masi found Bryce Jurk on a crease dodge to make the score 1-1. Julian Garritano put the Pioneers ahead just over a minute later with a man-up goal. The two teams traded goals for the rest of the quarter as Wagner's Billy Battaglia tied the game 4-4 with 1:00 left in the first. The Seahawks scored the only goal of the second quarter. Andrew Streilein scored unassisted at the 12:47 mark to give Wagner a 5-4 halftime advantage.

The Seahawks extended their lead to 6-4 with 12:26 to play in the third as Patrick McMenamin scored with an assist by Battaglia. Dodge scored another SHU man-up goal with 10:31 remaining in the quarter, getting an assist from Tuttle to make the score 6-5. Wagner then pulled away, scoring four of the next five goals to take a 10-6 lead with 7:45 to play in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers rallied late in the fourth, getting goals from Dodge and Masi to cut the deficit to two with 1:15 to play, but it would not be enough.
SHU outshot Wagner 44-30 and held a 27-23 edge in groundballs. Wagner held a 12-11 advantage in faceoffs and had just 13 turnovers to the Pioneers' 16. Streilein, Battaglia, and McMenamin all had two goals and an assist for the Seahawks.  Goalie Matt Sefcik made 14 saves for Wagner.

The Pioneers return to Campus Field on Tuesday, April 19 when it takes on Hartford at 7 p.m.

 

FIRST QUARTER

- Prior to the game, SHU honored the 10 seniors on this year's squad – Dodge, Nick Fairley, Alec Dauses, JD Vion, Michael Slaughter, Mitch Hall, Spencer Hackett, Owen Thomson, AJ Boyd, and Andrew Burnett.

- Garritano's man-up goal was his third of the season.

- Dodge had two goals in the quarter. His second was assisted by TJ Fitzell for his first assist of the season.

SECOND QUARTER

- SHU outshot Wagner 12-5 in the quarter.

THIRD QUARTER

- SHU outshot Wagner 16-7 and forced five turnovers.

- Dodge scored man-up at the 10:31 mark for the Pioneers' lone goal of the third, assisted by Tuttle.

FOURTH QUARTER

- Dodge scored his 18th goal of the season, and team-leading fourth man-up goal, at the 2:18 mark. It was his 59th career goal and 93rd career point.

- Masi scored the Pioneers' first man-down goal of the season with 1:15 to play.

- SHU won five of the eight faceoffs in the fourth quarter.