Dominant 2nd Half Leads Valiants by Arcadia

PURCHASE, N.Y. Sophomore Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) had a game-high eight goals and junior Emy Cote (Saint-Hubert, Quebec/Dawson College) made 11 saves in her first collegiate game as Manhattanville used a dominant second half to defeat Arcadia, 22-12, in the first-ever Freedom Conference women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at GoValiants.com Field.

Offensively, Honovich and junior Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) were the major players for the Valiants, as both players set new career highs for points. Honovich scored eight times and added a pair of assists for 10 points, tying her for seventh on the school's single-game goals list and eight on the single-game points ledger. Goncalves, meanwhile, scored five times and added four helpers for a nine-point outing.

In addition, junior Maggie Howley (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) had another great outing with a season high-tying six points, scoring three times and assisting on three. Many other Valiants got in on the action as well, as sophomore Britney Themistocles (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and senior Ashley DeMarco (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) added two goals apiece, while senior Nicole Catapano (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) and freshman Ashley Hess (Mountain Top, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) had one each.

Not to be outdone, Cote had a superb game in goal for Manhattanville, making 11 saves in nearly 48 minutes in the first collegiate action of her career. The junior allowed just seven goals, including only two on eight shots in the second half, to earn the first win over her career.

Saturday's game was won for Manhattanville in the second half, as the home team outscored Arcadia by a dominating 11-2 margin in the final 30 minutes. Despite being outshot 16-15 in the frame, Manhattanville put 13 of its shots on goal and 11 found the back of the net, while Cote made six big saves to keep the Knights at bay.

DeMarco got the scoring started 2:29 into the second half, taking a nice feed from Goncalves and netting her first of the year to make it 12-10 Valiants. After nearly five minutes of scoreless play, the Valiants scored four times in 77 seconds including two goals and an assist from Goncalves during that span to open up a 16-10 advantage with 21:24 left on the clock.

Honovich and Themistocles continued the surge from the eight-meter arc a few minutes later, and suddenly it was 18-10 with 13:05 remaining. After Arcadia's Katie Bauer stopped the string at seven straight with 11:37 left, Honovich responded with three straight goals of her own in less than two minutes to up the lead to 10 and put the game away.

The first half was a see-saw battle between the two sides, as Arcadia's Meghan Fallon opened the scoring 1:24 into the contest only to see the Valiants come back with three straight to take a 3-1 lead. The Knights responded with four in a row of their own, including three by Fallon, to take their biggest lead of the day at 5-3; however, again Manhattanville back with a 5-1 run, as Honovich and Howley scored twice each to help make it 8-6 in favor of the home team.

Arcadia came back to tie the score twice down the stretch, but goals by Themistocles and Hess made it 11-9 Manhattanville and the Valiants never relinquished their lead the rest of the way. Fallon had all of her team-leading five goals in the opening frame for Arcadia, but the Valiant defense honed in on her in the second half and kept her off the scoreboard.

Arcadia finished the day with a slight 35-33 edge in shots, but Cote's 11 stops more than counteracted the six combined saves of Amalie Kreitman and Deanna Thompson. Manhattanville also posted a 22-14 edge in draw controls, led by five each from Honovich and Howley.

Manhattanville (2-6, 1-0 Freedom) will play its next five games away from GoValiants.com Field, beginning on Friday when the Valiants take on non-conference Saint Joseph's (L.I.) beginning at 7:00 p.m. Arcadia (2-3, 0-1 Freedom) will host Lancaster Bible on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-24



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