Despite Honovich's Heroics, Valiants Fall to Ramapo in 2OT

PURCHASE, N.Y. Senior Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) tied the program single-game record with 10 goals and junior Kirsten Shaughnessy (Le Center, Minn./LeSueur-Henderson St. Peter) came up big with a career-high 14 saves, but it was not enough as Ramapo's Lindsay Hughes scored 53 seconds into double overtime to lead the Roadrunners past Manhattanville, 17-16, in a wild non-conference women's lacrosse match-up on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Field.

The teams needed a full 60 minutes and still could not decide a winner, thanks in part to a last-minute goal by the Valiants that knotted the score. After Hughes gave Ramapo a 14-13 lead with 61 seconds left, Honovich earned a free-position shot and found the net with 10 seconds remaining to dramatically send the game into extra time.

Ramapo had the better of play in the first three minutes of the overtime period, getting goals by Hughes and Katie Duca to take a 16-14 lead. But junior Saba Naji (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) made a nice pass to senior Brooke Marcimo (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) for a score just before the buzzer to end the first three minutes, making it a one-goal game with three minutes to go. Honovich again got the equalizer with 2:06 remaining, and neither team could find the net again as the squads went to sudden-victory double overtime.

Honovich controlled the opening draw and went right toward goal, but Ramapo keeper Reagan Vier made her biggest save of the game to keep the game going. The Roadrunners made their first possession of double OT count, as Hughes went down the field and beat Shaughnessy for the game-winner 53 seconds in.

The loss spoiled two excellent efforts for Manhattanville (1-8). Honovich matched the program record for goals in a same set first by Katie Frattarola '02 as a freshman in 1999 and matched two years ago by Honovich at Misericordia, and added an assist for a game-high 11 points. Shaughnessy, meanwhile, matched her career best with 14 saves to keep the Valiants in the game throughout, including five free-position stops.

In addition to Honovich, Marcimo added three goals and an assist for four points, while Naji chipped in two goals and an assist and freshman Sarah Dalsey (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) had a goal and an assist.

For Ramapo (3-1), Hughes had an excellent game, scoring eight times and adding a pair of assists for a 10-point afternoon. Monica Torres scored four times while Duca added two goals and a helper as well for the Roadrunners.

Manhattanville started the game with three straight goals from Naji, Marcimo and Honovich, giving the Valiants a 3-0 lead 13:39 into the contest. After two Ramapo scores made it a 3-2 game, the two teams proceeded to alternate goals for the remainder of the opening half, with Honovich ending the frame with her second of the day that made it a 7-5 score at the break.

The Valiants built their lead back up to three on three occasions in the second half, the last coming after a Marcimo score made it a 12-9 score with 8:00 left. But Ramapo scored the next four goals of the game to take its first lead of the game at 13-12 with 3:58 remaining, which set the stage for the dramatic finish.

Manhattanville will look to shake off the loss as Freedom Conference play starts up next week, beginning with a 4:00 p.m. game on Wednesday against Wilkes at Field.


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