Honovich Sets Record as Valiants Cruise by Misericordia

DALLAS, Pa. Manhattanville sophomore Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) became the ninth player in program history to score 100 career goals and did it in style with a record-matching 10, as the Valiants cruised past Misericordia, 23-13, in a Freedom Conference match-up at Mangelsdorf Field on Saturday afternoon.

The day belonged first and foremost to Honovich, who tied the program single-game record with 10 tallies, matching the mark of Katie Frattarola on April 24, 1999. The double-digit total gives her 109 for her career, making her the first player to reach triple digits in her first two seasons in Purchase. She also now has 50 goals on the year, making her the second Valiant ever to have multiple 50-goal campaigns, joining Frattarola (three times).

She was not the only Valiant to have a big day on Saturday, however. Sophomore Britney Themistocles (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) recorded a career-high five goals and two assists for a career-best seven points, while classmate Brooke Marcimo (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) also registered a career-high in points with five on two goals and three assists. Junior Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) added two goals and a game-high four assists in the win, while freshman Ashley Hess (Mountain Top, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) continued the trend of season-best games with two goals and two helpers.

As a result, the Valiants came just one goal short of matching the program record for goals in a game, which came in a 24-2 win over Centenary (N.J.) on April 27, 2003.

Manhattanville set the tone early in the victory, as Goncalves controlled the opening draw and almost immediately found Honovich for the score to put the visitors ahead after just 11 seconds. A minute later, Themistocles and Honovich scored 19 seconds apart to quickly make it a three-goal lead.

After Misericordia got on the board at the 3:56 mark, the Valiants came right back with four goals in less than three minutes to take a commanding 7-1 edge. Junior Maggie Howley (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) and Hess scored less than a minute apart to start the run, and Honovich followed 12 seconds later before Marcimo completed the run with 20:56 to go in the half.

The Valiants continued to bunch their goals together after a second Cougar tally, as Goncalves and Honovich scored 45 seconds apart to help make it 10-2 with 10:19 to go. Honovich netted her sixth of the opening half with 5:18 on the clock followed by Themistocles' second, helping to give the Valiants a 12-6 edge at the break.

In addition to Honovich's six goals, junior Emy Cote (Saint-Hubert, Quebec/Dawson College) also played a big role in the first-half lead, as she turned aside 13 shots in the first 30 minutes alone. Manhattanville had just a 24-22 edge in shots at the break, but still had the home team doubled up on the scoreboard.

Manhattanville continued to bunch the goals together in the second half, never allowing the Cougars back into the contest. Honovich scored her seventh a minute after Misericordia opened the second half with a goal, and Goncalves and Themistocles followed with a goal each less than a minute apart to make it 15-7 Valiants.

Misericordia never scored more than two consecutive goals the rest of the way, and both times they did Manhattanville came back with a run of its own. After two Cougar tallies early in the frame, Honovich responded with two of her own, while later in the frame two MU scores were followed by a Hess tally and two from Themistocles.

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