Manhattanville Thunders Past Old Westbury

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. Manhattanville had seven different players score to lead head coach Courtney Burhans to her first collegiate victory with a dominating 17-1 victory over SUNY Old Westbury in a non-conference match-up at St. Joseph's (L.I.) College on Wednesday afternoon.

The Valiants dominated from the opening whistle against the first-year program, posting a 35-6 edge in shots and allowing only three shots to reach the Valiant cage. The visitors also controlled 16 of 20 draws and limited themselves to just nine turnovers on the afternoon.

Senior Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East), junior Brooke Marcimo (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) and sophomore Saba Naji (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) led the way with a game-high six points apiece: Goncalves and Marcimo both scored four times and added two assists, while Naji scored twice and posted a game-best four assists.

In addition, junior Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) and senior Maggie Howley (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) had four points each, as Honovich scored three with one assist and Howley assisted on three with one score. Sophomore Mallory Bakst (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) added two goals and an assist and sophomore Meghann Haggerty (Centerport, N.Y./Harborfields) chipped in a goal and an assist.

In goal, sophomore Kirsten Shaughnessy (Le Center, Minn./LeSueur-Henderson St. Peter) and freshman Caitlin Sosa (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) split time for the Valiants. Shaughnessy earned her first career win by making one save in a scoreless first half, while Sosa ceded one goal and made one save over the final 30 minutes.

Manhattanville wasted no time on Wednesday, as Marcimo controlled the opening draw and Goncalves followed with the game's first goal 24 seconds into the match. Goncalves struck again less than a minute later to double the lead, and the Valiants followed with 11 more goals in the opening 30 minutes to take a 13-0 edge into halftime.

The Valiants slowed down the attack in the second half, taking only 10 shots and putting six attempts on goal. Marcimo, Naji, Bakst and Howley scored in the frame to extend the team's streak to 17 straight scores before Old Westbury converted from the eight-meter arc with 4:25 remaining.

Manhattanville (1-4) will return home on Friday, as the Valiants look to make it two wins in a row against Worcester State beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Field.


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