Schaefer's Five Goals Lead Farmingdale Past Valiants

PURCHASE, N.Y. Manhattanville was defeated by Farmingdale State at home on Wednesday falling 16-9, despite an outstanding performance by goaltender Ian Reill (East Rockaway, N.Y./East Rockaway). The freshman, who was adapted to the speed of college play quickly, was able to turn away 19 of 35 shots to keep the Valiants close for most of the contest.

After conceding the first goal of the game, the Valiants came back and tied the score at one with a nice goal by freshman defenseman Ed Seganti (Rockville Center, N.Y./South Side) who took the ball the length of the field and fired a bounce shot past Farmingdale State goaltender Nicholas Fasano.

The score wasn't tied 1-1 for long as the Rams scored the next four goals, ignited by two man-up goals just two minutes apart, ending the first quarter with a 5-1 lead. The Valiants battled back in the second quarter and were able to score four of the next five goals to pull within one. The surge of offense was led by freshman Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) who scored both his goals in the second quarter, helping him was fellow freshman Colin Morrissey (Shelton, Conn./St. Joseph) who picked up his eighth goal of the season on a man-up opportunity with 5:36 remaining in the second quarter.

The closest the Valiants got all evening was when Murray put home his second goal of the game with 3:08 remaining in the first half. Farmingdale State scored eight of the next nine goals in the game, giving the Rams an insurmountable lead.

The x-factor in this game was Farmingdale State's junior attacker Philip Schaefer who scored five goals to increase his goals on the season to 14. The Valiants defense was stingy but unable to cause turnovers as Schaefer proved to be lethal and efficient operating out of the X position behind the Valiant goal.

The Valiants will host Clark University on Saturday in what they hope will be friendlier weather conditions. Clark will enter Saturday's contest with a 3-2 record following their 18-12 loss to Salve Regina on Wednesday evening. Faceoff is at 1:00 pm.

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Purchase, N.Y. - Farmingdale State improved to 3-2 overall with a 16-9 victory over Manhattanville (0-7) on Wednesday night. The Rams were led by junior attack Philip Schaefer (Holbrook, N.Y.) with five goals.

Farmingdale State led 5-1 after the first period and held the 8-5 edge at the break. Over the final two periods they held the Valiants to four goals en route to the non-conference win. The Rams finished with 46 ground balls to Manhattanville's 29, and also won 18 of 27 faceoffs.

Schaefer totaled five goals, one assist and four ground balls for Farmingdale State. Junior midfielder Mike Strebel (East Northport, N.Y.) tallied two goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Donovan Devaney (East Northport, N.Y.) scored two goals, picked up a team-high nine ground balls and won 9 of his 13 faceoffs. Senior midfielder Vincent Aniano (Oceanside, N.Y.) also finished with a team-high nine ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Nicholas Fasano (Franklin Square, N.Y.) got the win with four saves.

The Rams now host Misericordia on Saturday, March 22nd at 1:00 p.m.


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