Manhattanville Sets Program Record with Ninth Win

PURCHASE, N.Y. Led by Cory Alcorn (Orangeville, Ontario) who had six goals and two assists, all three Manhattanville women's lacrosse seniors tallied a goal as the Valiants defeated Arcadia 20-12 for the program's record ninth win of the season Saturday at Field.

With her six goals in the game, Alcorn amassed the third highest goal total in a single season, finishing the season with 62, five goals off Liz McNamee's program record of 67 set in 2002. Alcorn will graduate as the third highest scorer in program history, with 175 goals and 229 points. As a team, the Valiants set a new record with 223 goals this season, eight more than the previous record of 215, also set in 2002.

Down 1-0 after ten minutes, Abbe Grimes (Hamden, Conn.) got the Valiants on the board with her first of six goals, an unassisted tally. Alcorn followed suit just 11 seconds later to give the Valiants a 2-1 lead.

Despite entering the game with an 0-7 MAC record, the Knights fought hard in the first half and entered halftime down by just two, 9-7. In the second half, the Valiants showcased their depth as seven different Manhattanville players had at least one goal.

Defenseman Cybil Robinson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) scored her first career goal a minute and a half into the second, going coast to coast with great speed, blowing by Arcadia defensemen and beating Michelle Leone. Despite taking the loss, Leone single-handedly kept Arcadia in the game, making 24 saves.

Katie Bertel (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jen Ascencio (Monroe, N.Y.) each had two goals, while seniors Grayce Cunzio (Saugerties, N.Y.) and Kelly McMurray (Brewster, N.Y.) each recorded a goal in their final games as Valiants.

With her ninth win, Kirstin Betsill (Parkton, Md.) extended her single season record, while her 14 saves in the game gave her 187 on the season, good for fifth all-time.

The Valiants (9-8, 4-4 MAC) graduate Alcorn, McMurray, and Cunzio but will return with a solid nucleus for 2009.


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