Manhattanville Drops Home Opener to Western Connecticut

PURCHASE, N.Y. Manhattanville lost its home opener to the Western Connecticut Colonials by the score of 10-3 on Wednesday afternoon. After the first quarter, the Colonials outscored the Valiants by a 6-1 margin to blow the game open.

For Manhattanville, their three goals came from different players as senior Justin Figueroa netted his first goal of the season, while classmate Will Sahakian and freshman Connor Normandin rounded out the scoring for the Valiants. In goal, senior Dom Poletto made 14 saves in the losing effort while also picking up three ground balls.

Western Connecticut jumped on the board first with a goal just over a minute and a half into the game from John Foristall, who picked up his fourth of the season. Three minutes later, Figueroa picked up the game-tying goal to even the score at one after taking a pass from classmate Peter Callahan while in a man-up situation.

The Colonials picked up two more goals before the Valiants found the back of the net once again as it was Sahakian to pick up his third tally of the season off a pass from classmate Bill Motherway to trim the lead to 3-2. Western Connecticut put up one more on the scoreboard with three seconds left in the half to take a 4-2 lead into the halftime break.

Manhattanville picked up the first goal of the second half as Connor Normandin netted his second career goal, after receiving a pass from sophomore Jack Polak, who had won the opening faceoff of the half. Polak finished the game 4 of 9 on faceoffs, while classmate Cory Balog went 6 for 8 at the 'X'.

Western Connecticut ended the game on a 4-0 run, including three goals from Nick Foley, who finished the game with five of the teams 10 goals on the game.

At the end of the contest, the Colonials outshot the Valiants by a 45-20 margin, while also going a perfect 28 for 28 on clear attempts. Western Connecticut also scored four man-up goals on eight chances, while Manhattanville was 1 of 6 on extra man opportunities. Ground balls were also in favor of the Colonials at a 43-32 clip, with Manhattanville turning the ball over 35 times to Western Connecticut's 21 giveaways.

Suffering the loss was Poletto, who falls to 0-2 on the season. Picking up the victory was Chris Alexander, who registered four saves and allowed three goals on the contest to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Manhattanville (0-2) will play again at home on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. when the team welcomes in the Pioneers of Utica College. Western Connecticut (2-1) will also be in action on Saturday for its first home game against the Castleton Spartans with the opening faceoff set for 2:00 p.m.


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