Manhattanville Outgunned by Western Connecticut

PURCHASE, N.Y. Manhattanville suffered its third loss on Wednesday. Playing host to Western Connecticut, the Valiants were unable to withstand the offensive firepower, as four Colonials registered three goals or more, including an impressive six-goal performance fromattacker Nate Wilson.

In what would prove to be a lopsided game, the first quarter was played to a near stalemate. Western Connecticut opened the scoring just over a minute into the contest as midfielder Anthony Nejame snuck a shot past Manhattanville goaltender Ian Reill (East Rockaway, N.Y./East Rockaway) to quickly put the Valiants down 1-0.

After surrendering the first three goals of the first quarter, the Valiants bounced back at the hands of Connor Normandin (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell). The sophomore attacker, registering his third-consecutive multi-goal game, picked up the first two tallies for the Valiants.

Following up Normandin's impressive effort, freshman attacker CJ Paniccia (Locust Valley, N.Y./Locust Valley) sniped on Western Connecticut goaltender Kevin Seery to tie the game at 3-3. After exchanging a few more goals, the Valiants trailed at the end of the quarter 6-5.

The second quarter saw continued offensive production from the Colonials, who scored eight goals in the quarter, while the Valiants struggled offensively only registering one goal off the stick of Paniccia.

Entering the second half trailing 14-7 the balance of power remained in Western Connecticut's favor. The Colonials scored the first four goals of the half before Colin Morrissey (Shelton, Conn./St. Joseph) was able to stop the bleeding, scoring at the 6:22 mark of the third quarter to make it 18-8.

While the Valiants continued to battle, the Colonials were unwilling to concede an inch as they continued to pour on the offensive pressure. Unable to mount any sort of a comeback, the Valiants fell by a final score of 25-11.

The loss marks the second consecutive season that Manhattanville has started with an 0-3 record. After nearly pulling off the comeback in the season-opener, the Valiants have been handed two lopsided defeats. The brighside for the Valiants is that all but three of their goals came from the new recruiting class as CJ Paniccia (Locust Valley, N.Y./Locust Valley) scored three goals, Colin Morrissey (Shelton, Conn./St. Joseph) netted two, Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) picked up his first collegiate goal, and freshman Ed Motherway (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) recorded two goals as well.

The Valiants will have to quickly move on from Wednesday's loss as they head to Utica on Saturday to take on a Utica squad that opens the season Thursday night against a SUNY IT team which they defeated last year by a score of 21-2. After finishing last season with a 9-7 record, the Pioneers will be more than a handful for this developing Valiants squad.


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