Fourth Quarter Woes Lead Pioneers to 11-8 Loss

Stephen Kontos (31)
Stephen Kontos (31)

Staten Island, N.Y.—The Pioneers headed into the final quarter of the game with a two-goal lead, but the Seahawks held the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team scoreless while netting five goals to earn Wagner its first win of the season. With the 11-8 loss the Pioneers fall to 3-8 on the season and are still winless against Northeast Conference opponents.

Wagner struck first, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the game before Sacred Heart's Matt Ferrino (Orchard Park, N.Y.) put the Pioneers' only first-quarter-goal on the board.

The Seahawks added two more in the first, but the Pioneers dominated the second period. Sophomore goalie Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) recorded four saves in the quarter shutting out Wagner and allowing the Pioneers to go on an offensive streak. Sophomore Tom Sardelli (Rochester, Mich.) kicked off the run with 11:12 remaining in the half, getting the ball from Ferrino and launching a shot to the bottom right of the goal. Sardelli's classmate Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) got scored back-to-back goals on Wagner goalie Nicholas Gibaldi less than two minutes apart. Gannon also had a hand in the first of two Pioneer goals in the final minute of the half, dishing the ball to senior Aaron Lupo (Schenectady, N.Y.) giving Sacred Heart their first lead of the day.

Sacred Heart's strong offense carried over into the third quarter with Alex Miller and Ferrino teaming up for a goal just 34 seconds into the half. Five minutes later, Wagner's Mike Hurley answered sneaking the ball past Hughes to start the Wagner offense again. Less than two minutes later, the Seahawks capitalized on Gannon's turnover to bring Wagner within one.

Wagner recorded two goals within 46 seconds of each other to open the final quarter and tie the game at eight. After a nearly six-minute scoring lapse, William Hedges found the net for another Seahawk goal. He and Sam Morrissey would notch two more in the final four minutes of the game lifting the Seahawks to their first win of the season.

Junior Steve Kontos (Danvers, Mass.) dominated the faceoff circle, winning 20 out of 23 on the day.

Still looking for their first conferene win, the Pioneers head to Maryland to battle preseason-favorite Mount St. Mary's Saturday.