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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Wagner Skids Past Bellarmine in Overtime Defensive Battle

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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.