Manhattanville Outlasts King's in High-Scoring Afffair

PURCHASE, N.Y. The potent tandem of senior Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) and junior Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) combined for 18 points as Manhattanville celebrated their five seniors with a big 21-16 victory over King's (Pa.) in Freedom Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Field.

The win was huge for Manhattanville (4-10, 3-1 Freedom) in the race for the postseason, as the Valiants now sit in a tie for second place with Arcadia in the Freedom Conference standings and need just one win in their last two games to clinch a postseason berth. King's (6-8, 2-2 Freedom) falls into a tie for fourth place with Wilkes, which also lost today to conference-leading FDU-Florham.

Honovich had another excellent outing to lead the Valiants, pacing all scorers with seven goals and adding two assists while also recording 10 draw controls. Goncalves helped out both as a playmaker and a scorer, finding the net five times on six shots and also dishing out a career-high four assists. Sophomore Meghann Haggerty (Centerport, N.Y./Harborfields) also chipped in a career-high three goals, while senior Maggie Howley (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) added two goals, seven draw controls, and a game-high three caused turnovers.

Manhattanville's three senior defenders Erin Saporetti (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), Kelly Murray (Shrub Oak, N.Y./Lakeland)and Alex Pomato (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) also shined on Senior Day, combining for three ground balls, three draw controls and four caused turnovers.

Amanda Harney had a team-leading five goals and two assists for seven points to pace the Lady Monarchs, followed by Mariah Masciarelli with four goals and an assist.

Manhattanville held a 40-34 edge in total shots for the game, and also controlled 25 draws to the Monarchs' 14. King's also held a slight 18-15 advantage in ground balls on the afternoon.

The first 15 minutes of the game were very even, with neither team earning a lead of more than one goal. After Harney opened the scoring for King's, the teams took turns scoring two goals in a row, the last run of which gave King's a 5-4 lead with 15:30 to go in the half.

But Manhattanville turned on the offense and ratcheted up the defense for the remainder of the half, outscoring King's by a 6-0 margin to take a 10-5 lead into the intermission. Goncalves started the run with a free-position score and had one more during the run, while Honovich scored four times for the home team after being held in check early on.

Manhattanville still held a comfortable 13-7 lead with 25:13 remaining in the second half before the Lady Monarchs made a big push of their own, scoring four straight goals and six of the next seven to suddenly get back within one at 14-13 with 15:40 left. Masciarelli had three of her team's goals during the run, during which the Valiants' lone tally came by Honovich when she scored a mere seven seconds after a King's goal.

Yet Goncalves would not let the Lady Monarchs get any closer, as she scored an unassisted tally 17 seconds later and then scored again 1:18 after that to regain the team's three-goal edge. Honovich and sophomore Mallory Bakst (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) also added tallies during the pivotal 4-0 run that allowed the squad to re-open an 18-13 advantage.

Manhattanville was content to simply trade goals for the final nine minutes, with Haggerty, junior Brooke Marcimo(Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) and sophomore Kirsten Shaughnessy (Le Center, Minn./LeSueur-Henderson St. Peter)adding tallies for the home team as they held on for the win.

Freshman Caitlin Sosa (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) had another big game for Manhattanville between the pipes, stopping seven shots in each half on the way to a career-high 14 saves. King's keeper Alisa Marino also played well for the visitors, turning aside 13 shots.

Manhattanville will play its final two games of the regular season on the road, beginning on Tuesday afternoon when the Valiants travel to FDU-Florham for a 4:00 p.m. meeting with the conference-leading Devils.


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