Manhattanville Falls Short to Drew in Overtime

PURCHASE, N.Y. Junior Mike Strauss (Newark, Del.) scored a career-high four goals to lead the Manhattanville men's Lacrosse team back from six-goal deficit, but an overtime tally allowed Drew to escape with an 11-10 (OT) win in both teams' season-opener on Thursday night at GoValiants.com Field.

The Valiants used an amazing second-half comeback scoring seven times to scare the Rangers as senior Joey Hasbrouck (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored a man-up goal with 4:45 remaining in regulation to tie the contest at 10-10. The Valiants scored six times in the fourth quarter, led by freshman Joey Bacarella (Trumbull, Conn.) with two goals and classmate Matt Corey (Merrimack, N.H.) with two helpers.

The Valiants had three opportunities late in the contest to take a lead in the final two minutes but Corey's shot with 1:25 left went into the goalies' crosse. With under a minute remaining and the Valiants on a man-up opportunity, the Rangers stopped Hasbrouck and sophomore Joe Daly (Mahopac, N.Y.) from scoring, to send the game into overtime.

"I was really impressed with our second-half run and the way our senior leadership kicked in," said head coach Todd Hodgson. "Players like Hasbrouck and Strauss played an important role tonight in helping the freshmen."

Drew opened up with a commanding 6-1 lead after the first quarter, leaving the Valiants to ponder their mentality. Greg Reading finished with five goals in the contest, including the eventual game-winning goal in overtime. Reading scored three goals in the first period, with assists from Mike Sayers and Scott Humphreys. The Rangers outshot the Valiants by four in the first period and won seven of eight face-offs.

Both teams' scored twice in the second, as freshman Billy Motherway (Kings Park, N.Y.) came in from midfield and broke away from defenders to score his first collegiate goal. Senior Andrew McMillin (Garden City, N.Y.) also tallied a goal for the Valiants in the second as Manhattanville trailed 8-3 after 30 minutes of action. The Valiants found a way to take a 9-6 edge in shots after the second, as the momentum was built for an exciting second half of play.

Strauss scored the only goal of the third quarter, but a 12-5 shooting exhibition brought the Valiants back into the game. As the final quarter started, the Valiants began with a quick goal from Strauss to complete his hat trick. Manhattanville allowed the Rangers a free goal with 13:08 left in the contest with an own goal, but Manhattanville rattled off three unanswered goals from Corey, Bacarella and Strauss to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 8:03 remaining.

In-between the Bacarella and Straus goals, the Valiants found themselves down two men for a minute but successfully killed off the Ranger attack. Manhattanville finished the contest killing off seven of the eight chances by the Rangers and were successful three times man-up in the final quarter. The Rangers got a goal with 7:58 remaining to take a two-goal lead before the Valiants cut it to one from Bacarella just 17 seconds later.

"Killing off the man-down opportunities was a key for our late surge," Hodgson commented. "Not only did killing man-down chances make for a huge momentum changers, but our man-up offense scored four times and was 50 percent effective tonight."

Manhattanville had troubles inside the faceoff circles, winning just four of the 21 opportunities. Senior netminder Andrew Predun (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) came up huge for the team making 15 saves in the contest and eight between the final quarter and overtime. The combination of Brad Mendelson and Charlie DeSocio made 20 saves for Drew with the latter making 13 saves and picking up the victory.

The Valiants (0-1) will return to action on Monday as they will host the Brewers of Vassar College at 5:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcasted live on GoValiants.TV. Drew (1-0) will travel west to California to take on Whittier College also on Monday.

2010-03-05



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