Manhattanville Downs Ramapo Behind 7 Grimes Goals

MAHWAH, N.J. -- Junior Abbe Grimes (Hamden, Conn.) scored a career-high seven goals as the Valiants shook off a two-game losing streak and won away from home for the first time in 2008, routing Ramapo 16-3 Monday night at the Ramapo Athletic Center.

A two-time All-Conference selection and as prolific a scorer as the Valiants have ever had, Grimes scored more goals Monday than in any game in her career. As a freshman in 2006, Grimes scored six goals in her first college game (February 23 against Vassar) and never matched that output until Monday. Grimes scored five times in the first half as the Valiants built an 11-2 halftime lead. Five of Grimes goals came during an 11-0 Manhattanville run that spanned more than 36 minutes and ended only when Eveline Rutledge scored the Roadrunners last goal with 27 seconds left. The Valiants never trailed in the game, scoring twice in the first 5:19 and pulling away.

Katie Bertel (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Cory Alcorn (Orangeville, Ontario) each also had multi-goal games, with Alcorn scoring three times and adding an assist to maintain her team scoring lead with 25 goals and 29 points. Grimes is also over the 20-goal mark for the third season in a row (she has 117 in her career) and ranks second on the team in goals (21), assists (4) and points (25).

Bertels two goals give the junior 11 on the season, third on the club and one more than Emelda Ogweta (Portland, Maine), as the freshman scored a second half goal to reach double-figures on the season. Colleen Holahan (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Jen Ascencio (Monroe, N.Y.) also scored goals and freshman Darby Webber (Walpole, Mass.) scored the first goal of her career.

Another Valiant freshman, Mgan Barrett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also had a big day, notching a career-high three assists in the win. Barrett is Manhattanvilles leader in helpers this season with seven and fed all three of her assists Monday to Grimes.

Rutledge, Jenna Pfarr and Angela Belotta scored the Ramapo (0-3) goals. The Roadrunners were out-shot 32-13 in the game and put only seven shots on goal. Manhattanville fired 27 shots on cage and watched Megan Tierney make 11 saves for the hosts.

Kirstin Betsill (Parkton, Md.) made four saves to earn her fourth win, and Grimes, Ogweta and Ascencio each scooped up three ground balls for the Valiants, who had 16 as a team.

Manhattanville (4-4, 0-1 MAC) returns to Middle Atlantic Conference action Wednesday against FDU-Florham at 4:00 p.m.

2008-03-31



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