Valiants Drop Close Match Against Curry in N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Manhattanville lost a tightly-contested battle with the Colonials of Curry on Wednesday, falling by a final score of 4-2. The trip to North Carolina has helped to build the chemistry of a team that is looking to come together and form continuity among recruits and returners. The goal scorers for the Valiants were junior midfielder Jack Polak (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and fellow classmen Tom Tarczali (Stratford, Conn./Saint Joseph).

The match-up was featured a clash between two solid goaltenders as Manhattanville goaltender Ian Reill (East Rockaway, N.Y./East Rockaway) continued his impressive rookie campaign, making nine saves on 13 shots. Curry goaltender Timothy McNair, who entered the match with a stingy 5.50 goals against average, was tremendous between the pipes. McNair finished the game with 12 saves on 14 shots to lead Curry to their fourth win in the last five games.

Continuing the trend so far on this young season, the game was a series of runs. Curry opened the scoring with only thirty seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Colonials followed that up at the 12:00 mark of the second quarter as freshman midfielder John McMenomey picked up his fourth goal of the season.

The Valiants battled back and scored the next two goals of the match. Junior attacker Tom Tarczali (Stratford, Conn./Saint Joseph) tallied his first goal of the season as he put home a pass from freshman midfielder Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac). Coming out of halftime down 2-1, it wasn't long before Murray picked up his second assist or the day, this time feeding Polak in front, who fired a shot past McNair to even the game at two.

Unfortunately for the Valiants, Curry was able to answer back with two goals of their own. The third and fourth goals, coming off the sticks of senior Connor Arnold and junior Sean Ahern, respectively, were enough to earn the Colonials a victory.

Despite the loss, the Valiants battled competitively and will need to continue to play well together as they face off against a Becker team that beat the Curry Colonials 11-7 on Monday. While the offense continues to come together, the team will need another big game out of Reill to combat the high-powered offense of the Hawks.

2014-03-13



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