Manhattanville Whallops Wilkes, Earns Tourney Berth

PURCHASE, N.Y. Ten different players found the net including all three senior field players as Manhattanville earned the final berth in the inaugural Freedom Conference Tournament with a 22-10 victory over Wilkes on Senior Day at Field on Saturday afternoon.

Manhattanville (4-12, 3-3 Freedom) came into the day needing a win to secure the fourth seed in the upcoming conference tournament, and as a result earns a trip to Madison, N.J., to take on top-seeded FDU-Florham on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Wilkes (7-6, 0-6 Freedom) has its season come to an end with the loss.

It was a total team effort for the Valiants in the win, as 10 different players scored . Sophomore Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) led the squad with five goals and added two assists for seven points, tying for the game-high with freshman Ashley Hess (Mountain Top, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), who scored three times and assisted on four. Junior Maggie Howley (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) and Brooke Marcimo (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) also had four-goal games, with Howley adding two assists for six points and Marcimo chipping in one helper for a five-point day.

Seniors Nicole Catapano (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey), Ashley DeMarco (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Danielle Scicutella (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) all scored for the Valiants on Senior Day as well, with Catapano adding an assist for two points. Two graduating players also combined to play all 60 minutes in goal as well, as junior Emy Cote (Saint-Hubert, Quebec/Dawson College) played 47 minutes and made five saves to earn the win while senior Liz Cooper (Old Greenwich, Conn./The Forman School) turned aside two shots in 13 minutes.

Playing on the home turf for the last time this year, Manhattanville wasted little time asserting itself against the Colonels. Hess got the scoring started after only 16 seconds, weaving her way to the goal for her 11th of the year. The Valiants followed with three more in a 71-second span, as goals by junior Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East), Honovich and Scicutella made it 4-0.

After Olivia Dworak broke the ice for Wilkes, the home team came back with another four-goal spurt, highlighted by two in 43 seconds by Howley and a Honovich score 13 seconds after that. Neither team could make much of a run the rest of the frame, allowing Manhattanville to take a 13-8 lead into the break.

The Valiants came out of intermission and controlled play for most of the second half, outscoring Wilkes by a 9-2 margin to seal the win. Marcimo scored all four of her tallies in the final 30 minutes of play, while Hess added a pair and Howley had four points (two goals, two assists) in the frame as well.

The game was appropriately topped off with a senior scoring, as DeMarco just barely beat the final buzzer with her third goal of the season to complete the scoring and send the seniors off in style.

For the game, Manhattanville posted a 40-25 edge in shots, as well as a dominating 35-18 edge in ground balls and a 21-12 advantage in draw controls. Cote and Cooper also combined to hold Wilkes to just 3 of 11 on eight-meter shots.


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