Toffoli, Herman Pace Vassar Past Manhattanville

PURCHASE, NY (March 3, 2012) Riding a hat trick each from senior attack Christopher Toffoli and sophomore attack Max Herman along with the stingy goalie play of sophomore Andrew Nicol, Vassar defeated Manhattanville 7-4 on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at Field.

In a contest that featured 66 shots, the Brewers made the most of their attempts, jumping out to a 3-0 first period lead on two straight goals from Toffoli and built a 5-1 early in the third period. Vassar then relied on the 13-save performance by Nicol to sustain a Manhattanville rally that brought the score to 5-3 with 10:07 to play in the third period.

The Brewers, now 2-0 on the season and off to their best start in more than a decade, will next travel to Farmingdale State for a 3:00 p.m. game on March 7. Manhattanville drops to 1-1 on the season and next faces Plattsburgh on March 10.

When the Valiants drew within two goals, getting back-to-back goals from sophomore attack Brian D'Iorio and junior attack sophomore Will Sahakian, Herman notched his third goal of the game with 8:08 to play to put Vassar up 6-3. Then senior midfielder Jeff Lee added a big insurance goal at the 11:59 mark of the fourth period for a 7-3 Vassar advantage.

Nicol turned in another solid performance, shutting out the Valiants in the opening period and allowing just a single goal in the second and fourth periods. He made four saves in the first and third periods and three in the final stanza.

Vassar led in shots, 34-32. Junior goalie Dom Poletto made 11 saves in the loss.

Ground balls were dead even at 40 for each team. Senior Matthew Pearce led that hustle stat for Vassar with a career-best eight ground balls. Senior defenders Jeremy Gottlieb and Stephen Kozey each had five ground balls each.


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