Utica Hands Manhattanville Fourth Straight Defeat

PURCHASE, N.Y. Manhattanville dropped to 0-4 on the season Saturday, following a 16-6 loss at the hands of the Utica Pioneers. Freshman Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) led all Valiants with two goals and two assists on the day while freshman goaltender Ian Reill (East Rockaway, N.Y./East Rockaway) made 17 saves on 33 shots while in the cage for the Valiants.

As has been the case so far on the season, the Valiants came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter and traded goals with the Pioneers. Trent Jacobs picked up the first goal for the Pioneers at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter, while Manhattanville's freshman attacker Colin Morrissey (Shelton, Conn./St. Joseph) scored with only one second remaining in the quarter to tie the game at 1-1.

Unfortunately for the Valiants, the second quarter of play has been unfriendly to them thus far on the season. The Pioneers tallied six unanswered goals in the second quarter, including two in the last 21 seconds, to take a 7-1 lead into halftime.

After Utica opened scoring in the second half with a tally by junior attacker Christian Reiller, Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) responded quickly for the Valiants, scoring less than 90 seconds later. After Utica's Corey Thompson made the score 9-2, the Valiants battled back and scored the next two goals, off the sticks of junior Jack Polak (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and freshman Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac), respectively.

The Utica Pioneers were not going to let the Valiants climb back into this game as the Pioneers scored two goals in the 26 seconds following Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac)'s second goal.

There was scoring frequently to close out the game, including freshman attacker CJ Paniccia (Locust Valley, N.Y./Locust Valley)'s fifth goal of the season, tying him with fellow attacker Colin Morrissey (Shelton, Conn./St. Joseph) for the team lead. Junior midfielder Cory Balog (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) also picked up his fourth goal of the season on a man-up situation in the fourth quarter.

Manhattanville will look to gain some momentum on their spring break road trip in North Carolina this upcoming week as they face off against Curry College on Wednesday and Becker College on Friday. The Valiants will next face off on GoValiants.com Field on Wednesday, March 19, when they take on the Rams of Farmingdale State.


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