Eagles Hand Valiants Second Loss in a Row

PURCHASE, N.Y. Despite jumping out to an early lead, Manhattanville was unable to upset top-seeded Eastern, falling 18-7. The Eagles' offense was propelled by a lethal group of attackers, headlined by four-goal performances from both junior Grant Ferguson, who now has 48 goals on the season, and junior Eric Waibel, who now has 27 goals on the season.

While the Valiants jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to freshman Ed Motherway (Suffield, Conn./Suffield)'s snipe into the lower left-hand corner, the Eagles battled back to even the game just 70 seconds later. Picking up the first two goals of his collegiate career, Manhattanville's Darius Christmas (Hackensack, N.J./Paramus Catholic) was unable to spark the Valiants offense, which was outshot 28 to 15 in the contest.

Eastern entered the match with the top man-up unit in the country and they continued their dominance, converting on both of their man-up opportunities. Meanwhile, the Valiants were unable to find the back of the net in either of their man-up chances.

After taking a 2-1 lead in the first quarter the Valiants were dismantled, giving up six unanswered goals to the Eagles before finally getting on the board again in the second quarter, as freshman Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) picked up his 15th goal of the season. The Eagles would pick up three more goals before Murray put in his second of the game.

After being outscored 6-1 in the third quarter, the Valiants played the Eagles close the remainder of the way, outscoring the Eagles 2-1 in the fourth quarter. The loss officially ends Manhattanville's playoff chances.

With two games remaining on the schedule the Valiants head to FDU-Florham on Wednesday, April 22, and then conclude the season on Saturday, April 26, as they take of the Misericordia Cougars at GoValiants.com Field.

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PURCHASE, N.Y.- Eastern raced into the Easter weekend with a convincing 18-7 Freedom Conference win at Manhattanville. After trailing 2-1 early, the Eagles (11-4, 5-0 Freedom) scored five goals in a five minute stretch toward the end of the first period to grab control of the game.

Dave Darling finished with three goals and seven assists to lead the Eastern attack. The Eagles stretched their winning streak to six games with the win.

After a nearly three hour bus ride, the Eastern team struggled out of the gate, and the host Valiants grabbed a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game. Eric Waibel answered with his first of four on the afternoon, but the Valiants picked up a rebound goal on the next possesion to again grab the lead.

Down 2-1, the Eastern attack started to fire quickly. Darling scored. He then set up Andrew Travers for a 3-2 lead. Darling fed Grant Ferguson and then Cody Ridgway for the third and fourth goals in three minute burst. Ridgway's goal came after a Manhattanville penalty. The Eagles scored on both their man-up chances and improved their conversion rate to 65.9 percent. That number is over 10 percentage points better than the next best team in that category.

Travers made it 6-2 to end the quarter. Eastern held a 13-8 advantage in 1st quarter shots.

Ferguson scored his second of four shortly inot the second period and then answered another Manhattanville tally after a nice feed from Darling. Waibel and Darling scored to make it 10-3 before Kyle Gillam pumped in his eighth of the year to answer another Manhattanville goal.

Eastern outscored the Valiants 6-1 in the third period. Waibel was the only Eastern player to strike twice in the period. With his four-goal day, Waibel finishes the day with 27 goals. Darling now has has 28 goals and 38 assists. He is nine points short of the single season points mark set last year by Chris Farrar. Farrar also holds the single season assist mark with 46. Ferguson finished with four goals and has 48 goals this year. He is six short of his single season total set last spring. Travers scored his second career hat trick.

Ridgway scored his second of the afternoon in the fourth period for the final margin of victory. The Eagles played four goalies. Pat Groschan made five first-half stops to pick up the win.

The Eagles will face DeSales in a game for the top seed in the Freedom Tournament next Saturday.


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