Manhattanville Takes MAC Victory vs. Arcadia

GLENSIDE, Pa. Freshman Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) tied for second on the school's single-game list with nine goals to lead Manhattanville to a crucial 18-13 Middle Atlantic Conference victory over Arcadia on Thursday afternoon at the New Field.

Honovich is one of just three players in program history to score nine goals in game, tying the nine of Katie Frattarola '02 (three times) and Abbe Grimes '09 and trailing only the 10 goals Frattarola scored against Western New England College on April 24, 2009. Her 48 goals so far this year also tie Grimes for the most by a freshman in school history.

The win was huge for the Valiants in the race for the postseason, as Manhattanville (7-6, 6-4 MAC) moves into a three-way tie for fourth place with Alvernia University and Lebanon Valley College with two games to go. The Valiants and Flying Dutchwomen meet in the season finale at Field next Saturday with a playoff berth potentially on the line.

In addition to Honovich's tremendous offensive game, sophomore Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) had another seven-point outing for the visitors, scoring five times and assisting on two. She remains the team's points leader this season with 57 (40 goals, 17 assists) so far in 2011.

And on the other end of the field, senior Kirstin Betsill (Parkton, Md./Hereford) had yet another stellar game in goal for Manhattanville, turning aside 15 Knight shots to earn the win. The reigning two-time MAC Goalie of the Week also tied with senior Emelda Ogweta (Portland, Maine/Kents Hill) and sophomore Erin Saporetti (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) for the game-high with five ground balls as well.

The Valiants got off to a bit of a slow start against the Knights, as goals by Meghan Fallon and Jen Ng sandwiched around a Honovich tally put the home team up by one 4:36 into the contest. Three straight goals by Goncalves was followed by one from Honovich put the visitors in front for the first time; however, Arcadia came back with three consecutive goals from the eight-meter line to tie the game at five with 11:59 left in the first half.

Manhattanville regained control of the game soon after, scoring five of the next six goals to take a 10-6 lead. Senior Kristy Guichard (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) started the run from Goncalves 35 seconds after Arcadia's last tally, while Honovich had two and both Goncalves and senior Jen Ascencio (Monroe, N.Y./Millbrook School) had one each during the spurt.

Going into the half down by two, the Knights hung around for the first six minutes of the second stanza, but the teams then went over eight minutes without a goal and Manhattanville followed with five straight tallies to put the game away with seven minutes remaining. Honovich nearly single-handedly spurred the Valiants to the win during the run, scoring three times on free-position attempts and adding her ninth for good measure to give the Valiants an 18-10 advantage.

Due in large part to Honovich (4 for 5), Manhattanville had a good day from the eight-meter stripe, going 7 of 11 from the line. Arcadia finished the day with a slight 33-27 edge in total shots, but some great offensive work combined with more solid goaltending allowed the Valiants to come away with the victory.

Manhattanville will look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday afternoon, as the Valiants travel to King's (Pa.) College for another must-win MAC contest starting at 4:00 p.m. Arcadia (6-4, 4-6 MAC) will host Penn State-Abington on Saturday at noon.


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