Recruiting Radar: Breaking Down Wagner’s 2019 Class

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Welcome back to another addition of Recruiting Radar. Continuing the series of breaking down all 75 DI teams 2019 recruiting classes. Moving in reveres alphabetical order we move onto the Wagner Seahawks. 

As it sits today Wagner has 10 players currently committed in the 2019 recruiting class. However, Wagner has 14 seniors in this outgoing 2019 class. Because of that the Seahawks have a lot of needs and holes to fill on both sides of the ball, especially in cage. 

Attackman

Need: 2

Committed: 2

Grade: B

Wagner will lose just 2 out of 9 attackman currently on their roster after this season. Michael Vanaman from St. Augustine Prep (NJ) and Jake Garb out of Montyville (NJ) are the two attackmen currently committed. These two guys may not make an impact next season, but will be able to develop behind some pretty good players ahead of them. 

Defense/LSM

Need: 3-4

Committed: 2

Grade: D

The Seahawks will lose 4 of their 7 defenseman currently on the roster after this season. Wagner does have a lot of young guys returning and will have around 13-14 guys on defense next year, depending on how many poles they run at LSM. Wayne Hills (NJ) product Nick Azzopardi and Adam Shank out of Francis Parker School (CA) are the only defenseman/LSM’s committed in the 2019 class. They will both most likely play LSM but can also play close D.

Faceoff

Need: 0

Committed: 1

Grade: B

Former Robert Morris commit Ryan Whelpley is now heading to Staten Island as the only faceoff man committed in Wagner’s 2019 class. The Seahawks won’t lose either of their two main faceoff guys this year so Whelpley will be a good addition to that faceoff room to add depth and possibly compete for that number one spot.

Goalie

Need: 2

Committed: 1

Grade: C

Wagner was able to get Devin DeGennaro out of Islip HS (NY) as their only goalie commit so far. The Seahawks will lose two seniors, including starter Matt Sefcik. Wagner has done a good job of at least getting a goalie in this class, but only having two cane be a liability at times. 

Midfield

Need: 4-6

Committed: 4

Grade: B

With 15 midfielders on the Seahawks roster in 2019 they will lose 6 of them to graduation, including Spencer Kaufman and other key guys. The Seahawks have 4 midfielders currently committed in Westview (CA) product Leo Pimentel, Will Swiderski from Brick Township HS (NJ), Eli Butler out of Poway (CA), and Noah Patterson out of Lampeter Strasburg (PA). With those guys Wagner gets some young depth as well as talent that should be able to help out on both sides of the ball. 


That is the breakdown of how Wagner’s 2019 recruiting class looks as of right now. The Seahawks have definitely done some good things on the trail and been able to get some good talent. 

With obvious holes left in this class first year head coach Bill McCutcheon should be able to bring new life into thins program and use that energy to help recruiting as well. Their biggest hole is obviously at goalie as they will have a small goaltender next season. 

As far as other positions go the Seahawks have established depth with this recruiting class and have found a few guys that have the potential to start the day they step foot on Staten Island as freshman.


Wagner’s Current 2019 Recruiting Class

Adam Shank, LSM, Francis Parker School (CA)

Ryan Whelpely, FO, Don Bosco Prep (NJ)

Leo Pimentel, M, Westview (CA)

Will Swiderski, M, Brick Township (NJ)

Nick Azzopardi, D, Wayne Hills (NJ)

Eli Butler, M, Poway (CA)

Devin DeGennaro, G, Islip HS (NY)

Noah Patterson, M, Lampeter-Strasburg (PA)

Jake Garb, A, Montville (NJ)

Michael Vanaman, A, St. Augustine (NJ)

 

 

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Will Yorke’s Second Half Explosion Leads Bucknell Past Bryant in Home Opener

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Photo Credit: Sam Miller/ Bucknell Athletics           

In a Sunday afternoon contest the Bucknell Bison got a win over the Bryant Bulldogs in their home opener. 

Junior attackman Will Yorke led the Bison with 5 goals in the win. Reed Malas and Matthew Barkauskas carried the rest of the load on offense with 2 goals each. The lack of depth in scoring didn’t seem to matter too much as there were plenty of assist as well. Christian Klipstein was able to make 13 saves as he anchored the Bison defense in goal. 

Bryant was led by Marc O’Rourke as he tallied 3 goals to lead the Bulldogs offense. Mason Balch had 2 goals and Zach Coffey tallied just 1 goal to also help the Bryant offense. In goal Luke Caracciolo made 16 saves to help that defense. 

Just 65 seconds into the game Matthew Barkauskas stung a transition goal to put Bucknell up 1-0 early. The rest of the first quarter was filled with defensive stands, turnovers, and shot clock violations. However, after a push call on Bucknell with just 2:53 in the first Bryant would get on the board with a man-up goal coming from Mason Balch. That goal tied it up at 1-1 heading into the second. 

The second quarter saw much more action, offensively speaking. Bucknell got the quarter started off with two early goals coming from Matthew Barkauskas and Reed Malas. Bryant started to find themselves offensively as they went on a two goal run within a minute late in the second. Mason Balch and Marc O’Rourke scored during that run for Bryant.

Coming out of halftime with it tied 3-3 Bucknell was searching for more as the Bison, and Will Yorke in particular caught fire in the third. 

After a slow start to the third Will Yorke went on a three goal run all by himself late in the third to give Bucknell a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth. This run was a huge boost for Bucknell and really helped propel them to victory.

Early in the fourth Bucknell extended their lead with another goal from Will Yorke, his fourth in a row. Bryant was able to answer just a few minutes later with a goal from Mac O’Rourke to stop the bleeding. 

Bryant scored twice more as did Bucknell to end the game. The Bison just had too much momentum on their side for Bryant to force any kind of comeback. Bucknell also dominated possession which helped them out a ton in this win. 

Both teams will be in action on Saturday February 16th as Bucknell takes Richmond in a home contest and Bryant has their home opener against Providence in an Ocean State Cup game.

Bucknell and Bryant to Faceoff in Sunday Afternoon Tilt

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The Bucknell Bison will welcome the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon as these two teams know each other very well, and they both look to get a win in what should be a pretty good Sunday afternoon matchup. 

Bucknell will be searching for their first win of the season after taking an 11-6 loss at Maryland just a week ago. The Bison will be looking to get their first win of the season with this ‘new look’ offense of sorts. They were able to find momentum late in the game against Maryland, now they need to get that going all game. 

Senior midfielders Reed Malas and Ryan Durkin look to get back out and lead this Bison offense against Bryant on Sunday. The two senior midfielders each had 2 points against Maryland, Malas tallied 2 goals while Durkin had 1 goal and 1 assist. Their offense looks to keep improving after losing the majority of their point scoring from a year ago.

On the defensive side of the ball Alston Tarry, Tommy Spoko, and others look to step up and be much improved from what they were a week ago. This defense needs to be able to hold Bryant and not let them get off to a hot start if they want to have any chance at winning this game. In goal senior goalie Christian Klipstein looks to build off of a pretty good performance to open the season with 10 saves. 

Bryant is coming into their first game of the 2019 season as they look to get things started off on a high note. The Bulldogs are a little bit of a younger squad, but head coach Mike Pressler always has the boys ready to play. 

Offensively the Bulldogs will be looking for sophomore attackman Marc O’rourke to lead the way as was their top point scorer last season. Sophomore attackman Jake Buonaiuto and junior midfielder Trevor Weingarten are also two guys that Bryant will be looking for to contribute in this game, as well as throughout the season.

The Bulldogs return a strong goalie in senior Kevin Beimfohr who stopped 101 shots last season with a 48% save percentage. He looks to anchor this defense and get things started off on a high not in this season opening contest. Out in front of Beinfohr the Bulldogs have a younger core with juniors Zach Coffey and Jake Fiske looking to lead the way. 

With the matchups this game presents and the talent on both sides of the ball this one could very much be a defensive battle or an offensive shootout. But judging by these two squads past contest it looks like this will be a good one either way. Bryant has won the past four contest by no more than two goals. 

 

Wagner Skids Past Bellarmine in Overtime Defensive Battle

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Photo Courtesy of Wagner Athletics                                                                                                                 

As the Bellarmine Knights and the Wagner Seahawks took the field on Saturday afternoon in Louisville, KY it was the beginning of a new chapter for both programs. Jim Mitchell at Bellarmine and Bill McCutcheon at Wagner were both entering their first game as a head coach. 

The Wagner Seahawks came out on top in overtime of this very defensive heavy game. Goalie Matt Sefcik led the way for the Seahawks as he made 16 saves off of 22 shots on goal, including a huge one to keep the game alive in overtime. Spencer Kaufman tallied 3 goals, including the game winner, for the Seahawks. 

Bellarmine saw Ian Reilly make 13 saves off of 20 shots on goal to lead the Knights defense. Attackmen Morgan Macko and Landon Trout lead the Knights offense with two goals a piece.

With a 2-0 lead heading into the second quarter the Knights looked to be somewhat in control on both sides of the field as they were penetrating Wagner’s defense and not letting their offense get any decent looks. Landon trout made it a 3-0 Bellarmine lead with 9:44 in the second.

Coming off that Knights goal the Seahawks would win the faceoff and get a quick goal by way of Dominic Branda to put them on the board. That Branda goal was the start of a three goal run for Wagner where they chewed the Bellarmine defense to make it a 3-3 game heading into the half. 

The third quarter started off pretty slow on offensive side of the ball. Both defenses stood tall early on as neither offense could find the back of the net. Spencer Kaufman would finally get the Seahawks rolling with 9:55 in the third to make it a 4-3 Wagner lead. Less than a minute later Landon Trout would net his second of the day to tie it up at 4-4. 

Late in the third Stephen Dwyer would find the back of the net for Wagner and Morgan Macko scored for Bellarmine to make it a 5-5 game heading into the fourth. Stephen Votto put Bellarmine back up 6-5 early on in the fourth. After a few minutes of defensive heavy lacrosse Matt Cechini found the back of the net for Wagner to tie it up at 6-6 with 9:01 in the fourth. 

The fourth quarter would end with some very aggressive defensive play from both sides as the ball constantly in the middle of the field. There were some very big hits that the sidelines didn’t like, but in the end both held strong as the game headed to overtime.

Right off the bat Matt Sefcik made a huge save for Wagner to keep the game alive early on in overtime. The Knights ride prevailed as they were able to get the ball back very quickly but they could not convert. As Tim Schmidt was falling down he pulled off a pass to Stephen Kaufman who buried it past Ian Reilly for the Wagner win. 

Both teams will be in action next Saturday on the road as Bellarmine will travel to Marquette and Wagner will be at Manhattan.

2019 NCAA Conference Predictions: NEC

Photo: Robert Morris Athletics

We are just about three weeks away from the start of the 2019 NCAA season as February 1st marks opening day. The first game of the NCAA season will be Utah vs Vermont to kick off what should be an exciting season. 

Over the next few weeks I will be giving my own personal conference by conference predictions for this upcoming 2019 season. Going in alphabetical order we move on and take a look at the Northeastern Conference (NEC). 

Final Standings

1. Robert Morris

2. Bryant

3. Sacred heart

4. Saint Joseph’s

5. Hobart

6. Mount St. Mary’s

7. Wagner

All-NEC Team Prediction

A- Marc O’Rourke, Bryant

A- Joe Saggese, Sacred Heart

A- Chris DiPretoro, Mount St. Mary’s 

M- Max Tuttle, Sacred Heart 

M- Tyson Gibson, Robert Morris 

M- Ryan Archer, Hobart   

FO- Matt Pedicine, Hobart

SSDM- Jack Mangan, Mount St. Mary’s

LSM- Jack Toomb, Robert Morris

D- Sam Mueller, Hobart    

D- Zach Coffey, Bryant

D- Tyler Makar, Saint Joseph’s

G- Alex Heger, Robert Morris