Manhattanville Drops Freedom Clash at Wilkes

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. Junior Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) scored nine goals to set a new program single-season goals record, but it was not enough as Manhattanville closed out the regular season with a 22-15 loss to Wilkes in a Freedom Conference match-up on Saturday afternoon at Schmidt Stadium.

With the loss, Manhattanville (4-12, 3-3 Freedom) falls into the fourth spot in the Freedom Conference standings, meaning that the Valiants will make the short trip to Madison, N.J., to take on top-seeded FDU-Florham in the Freedom Conference Tournament semifinals on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Wilkes (10-3, 4-2 Freedom) earned the third seed with the win and will travel to second-seeded Arcadia on Tuesday for the other semifinal match-up.

Honovich was the offensive star of the game in the regular-season finale, scoring nine times and adding one assist for a 10-point afternoon. In the process, she moved to 74 goals on the season, surpassing the previous record of 67 set by Liz McNamee '03 in 2002. The junior also had four draw controls to break the previous program record of 67 set by Katie Frattarola '02 in 2002, but she sits only three ahead of senior Maggie Howley (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) on that list after Howley corralled nine draws on Saturday.

Senior Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) chipped in two goals and three assists for five points for Manhattanville, while Howley had a goal and two assists in addition to her nine draw controls. Sophomore Mallory Bakst (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) added two goals and a team-best four ground balls as well.

Carley Smith led Wilkes with six goals and an assist, followed closely by Madeleine Brownsey with five goals and an assist. Tori Kerr and Gabby Ford both netted four goals as well for the Colonels.

Wilkes started the game very quickly on Saturday, scoring three times in less than a minute to take a 3-0 lead just 53 seconds into the contest. After Honovich and Howley countered 33 seconds apart to make it a one-goal game, the Colonels again strung together three straight tallies, and from there Manhattanville was never able to get back to that one-goal margin again.

The Valiants scored back-to-back goals twice more during the opening 30 minutes, including a pair of Honovich tallies separated by only 10 seconds, but Wilkes went into the half with a 12-7 lead thanks to a Smith score with 33 seconds remaining.

Manhattanville struck first in the second half thanks to Bakst 3:11 into the frame, but again Wilkes used a 3-0 run to regain control, as Kerr, Brownsey and Smith all scored to put the home team up by seven at 15-8. Honovich scored four more goals and Goncalves added two in the second half, but the Valiants could get no closer than five goals the rest of the way.

Wilkes finished the game with a 38-31 edge in shots, as well as doubling up the Valiants in ground balls, 26-13. Brittaney Costigan earned the win for the Colonels by making eight saves, while freshman Caitlin Sosa (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) turned aside 11 shots in a losing effort.


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