Manhattanville Uses 10-0 Run in Romp vs. Misericordia

PURCHASE, N.Y. Thanks to a decisive 10-0 run to start the second half, Manhattanville is off to the best conference start in program history following an 18-6 victory over Misericordia in Middle Atlantic Conference action on a chilly Thursday afternoon at Field.

For Manhattanville (3-1, 3-0 MAC), the win is its third straight to start the MAC campaign, marking the first time in program history the Valiants have won their first three conference contests of the year.

The Valiants came out with an efficient and aggressive offensive effort against the Cougars, as the home team scored 18 times on just 25 shots and 21 shots on goal. Freshman Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) led the way with a season-high six goals.

Sophomore Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) added five and classmate Agbogo Kalu (Elmont, N.Y./Elmont) recorded three of her own. Senior Darby Webber (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) also finished with five points on the afternoon thanks to a pair of goals and three assists.

After the two teams felt each other out for the first few minutes, Manhattanville got on the board at the 4:18 mark with a tally by Goncalves; however, Misericordia answered back with a Catie Viegas goal to even the score at one with 23:46 left in the half.

But Manhattanville dominated play from there on out, outscoring the Cougars by a 7-2 margin and keeping firm control of the possession battle to take an 8-3 lead into the half. Webber, Goncalves and Honovich had two goals apiece for the Valiants during the run, while senior Kirstin Betsill (Parkton, Md./Hereford) made several big saves to keep momentum on the Valiant side.

If Misericordia hoped to gain any momentum from Katie Pagnotta's tally at the end of the first half that brought the Cougars within five, that thought was quickly dashed at the start of the second half. Honovich single-handedly gave the Valiants a comfortable lead with four straight goals in the first five minutes of the half, the start of 10 consecutive home-team tallies that put the game away.

Kalu kept the run going with two goals of her own less than a minute apart, and then Goncalves followed suit with a pair of tallies 1:20 apart to give the home team a 13-goal advantage. Goals by Kalu and senior Jen Ascencio (Monroe, N.Y./Millbrook School) capped the string and gave the Valiants a commanding 18-3 lead with 12:08 left on the clock.

In addition to the offensive fireworks, Manhattanville also received another good game in goal from Betsill, who stopped eight of the 11 shots she faced in the first 43:45 of action to earn the win. Junior Carolyn Levine (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) came on in relief to close out the contest and stopped three of six shots.

Riding a three-game winning streak, Manhattanville heads into a big contest on Saturday against another unbeaten MAC squad, IWLCA #16 Messiah College, on Saturday. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Grantham, Pa. Misericordia (2-4, 0-3 MAC) hosts Arcadia on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


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