Manhattanville Explodes on Offense in Rout of Wilkes

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. Ten different players found the back of the net, including five each from seniors Darby Webber (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Emelda Ogweta (Portland, Maine/Kents Hill), as Manhattanville exploded for 23 goals in a 23-10 thrashing of Wilkes University in a Middle Atlantic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at the Ralston Athletic Complex.

The 23 goals scored by the Valiants are tied for the second-most by a Manhattanville team in program history and the most since a program-record 24 goals were scored on April 27, 2003 against Centenary (N.J.) College. The win also moves the team to 2-0 in the MAC for the first time in four seasons with the conference and marks the team's first 2-0 conference start since winning the first two Skyline Conference games of 2006.

It was a great day to be an offensive player for the Valiants against the Colonels, as 10 players scored and 11 different players had at least one point. Webber and Ogweta led the team in goals with five and each added an assist for six points. Sophomore Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) recorded seven points for the second straight game with three goals and four assists, while freshman Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) added five points (four goals, one assist) and classmate Brooke Marcimo (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) had a goal and two helpers as well.

Junior Carolyn Levine (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) also picked up her first collegiate win in goal for the Valiants, making seven saves in the final 52:57 of the game. Senior Kirstin Betsill (Parkton, Md./Hereford) started the game in net and made one save in 7:02 before playing the field for the remainder of the contest, scoring once.

Manhattanville got the scoring started early, as senior Jen Ascencio (Monroe, N.Y./Millbrook School) won the opening draw control and Goncalves found the net just 13 seconds into the match. The Valiants continued the early onslaught with three more goals in the first 3:23, starting with Webber's first at 1:44 followed by two goals in 11 seconds by Goncalves and Honovich.

Wilkes got back into the game by scoring three of the next four tallies, but the Valiants came back with a 6-1 run to open up an 11-4 edge late in the half. The visitors scored three times in 76 seconds to complete the run, including tallies by Ogweta and Goncalves that came just nine seconds apart.

The first half came to a close thanks to Betsill, who netted her first of the year from the eight-meter arc with 1:41 remaining that gave Manhattanville a 12-6 lead headed into the half. After 30 minutes, the Valiants held a 21-17 edge in shots.

Manhattanville then came out and dominated play in the second half, posting an 11-4 scoring advantage and a 21-9 edge in shots on the way to the win. Webber again got the half off to a great start by scoring only 18 seconds in, and the team only continued to build up its lead for the remainder of the game. Ogweta had a team-best three goals in the second stanza, while Marcimo netted her first career goal and junior Erica DiNardo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) registered her first collegiate point as well.

Manhattanville (2-1, 2-0 MAC) will look for its third straight conference victory on Wednesday, as the Valiants host Misericordia University for a 4:00 p.m. meeting at Field. Wilkes (1-3, 0-2 MAC) will travel to Lycoming College on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.


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