Manhattanville Falls to Cougars in Season Finale

PURCHASE, N.Y. Manhattanville finished their season on Saturday, falling to Freedom Conference rivals Misericordia by a final score of 19-6. The Valiants had only one senior to celebrate on Senior Day and Eric Brown (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) did not disappoint in his final game, playing strong in the midfield for Manhattanville.

The Misericordia offense was very productive, scoring on 19 of their 31 shots on goal. Led by sophomores Andrew Reynolds (6 goals) and Lane Kocovsky (4 goals, 1 assist) the Cougars proved to be too much for the Valiants. Junior Jack Polak (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and freshman Andrew Murray (Yonkers, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) each tallied two goals for the Valiants, while Cory Balog (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) and Colin Morrissey (Shelton, Conn./St. Joseph) each picked up a goal apiece.

After falling to a 4-0 deficit less than nine minutes into the game, the Valiants answered back with four goals of their own to tie the contest at 4-4 with 6:32 remaining in the first half. Unfortunately for Manhattanville, the Cougars answered back with another four goals, including a last-second shot from Kocovsky that beat freshman goaltender Ian Reill (East Rockaway, N.Y./East Rockaway) as time expired in the first half.

The Cougars would end up scoring 11 of the 13 goals in the second half to propel themselves to victory. The Valiants would continue to battle through the final whistle, and never once turned their back on the season.

Despite the departure of Brown, the Valiants will return 27 players next season. The chemistry began to develop as the season progressed and the players got a feel for the tendencies of their teammates.

While this season did not end the way he had hoped, Coach Kevin Warnock remains focused on the future and taking the program to the next level. "I could not have asked for a better player than Eric [Brown]," Warnock stated after the game "He was a true leader both on-and-off the field and I hope I'm lucky enough to be able to coach more players like him".

A very important offseason begins as the Valiants will look to rebound and turn a lot of heads in the Freedom Conference next season.

2014-04-26



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