Fall Snapshot: Wagner Seahawks

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Welcome to the Fall Snapshot series. Throughout the fall I will be taking an early look at all 75 DI men’s college lacrosse teams and giving a snapshot of where each is heading into the 2023 season.

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College Lacrosse’s Top 10 Defenses of 2022

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In the shot clock era, offenses rules. But it is still defense that wins championships.

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Weekend Rewind: Impressive Performances From Peters and Lindley, Wagner’s Defensive Improvement

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Welcome back, Y’all! With a weather-impacted week six in the books, it’s time to rewind the weekend that was in college lacrosse.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Wagner Seahawks

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The Wagner Seahawks are the 16th DI program and first in the NEC to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Seahawks are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 1-9 (1-7 NEC) against a conference-heavy schedule. They missed the NEC Conference Tournament.

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After Breaking Their Conference Losing Streak Last Season, Wagner Looks to Push Forward in 2022

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Things haven’t been too pretty for the Wagner Seahawks as of recent, going 2-14 over the past two seasons. One of those victories came this past spring as Wagner went 1-9. Their lone win came against NEC foe Sacred Heart, 11-9, in comeback fashion. It marked the Seahawks’ first win over a conference opponent since 2017.

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New Jersey LSM Chooses Wagner

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Bill McCutcheon and the Wagner Seahawks picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Friday night, as Saint Joseph Regional, N.J., defenseman/LSM Nico Kross announced that he would be taking his talents to Staten Island.

According to the Lacrosse Bucket Recruiting Database, he is the first commitment in the class for the Seahawks.

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Wagner Has Plenty of Room For Growth in 2021

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The most successful stretch over the past decade for the Wagner Seahawks was from 2016-2017. They went 6-9 overall both seasons, which is a record for most wins in program history. They followed those two historic seasons up by going 4-10 and 2-12 in 2018 and 2019, which was the first season under Bill McCutcheon.

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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.