Manhattanville flies to victory
Honovich scores 10 goals to tie program record for Valiants
DALLAS, Pa. -- It was a record-setting day for Manhattanville’s Casandra Honovich on Saturday afternoon, as the attacker became the ninth player in program history to score 100 career goals and did it in style, tying the program record in single-game goal with 10 as the Valiants cruised past Misericordia, 23-13, in a Freedom Conference matchup.
She was not the only Valiant to have a big day on Saturday, however. Britney Themistocles recorded a career-high five goals and two assists for a career-best seven points, while Brooke Marcimo also tallied a career-high in points with five on two goals and three assists. Melissa Goncalves added two goals and a game-high four assists, while Ashley Hess continued the trend of season-best games with two goals and two assists.
Manhattanville set the tone early, as Goncalves controlled the opening draw and almost immediately found Honovich for the score to put the visitors ahead after just 11 seconds. One minute later, Themistocles and Honovich scored 19 seconds apart to quickly make it a three-goal lead.
After Misericordia got on the board at the 3:56 mark, the Valiants came right back with four goals in less than three minutes to take a commanding 7-1 edge. Maggie Howley and Hess scored less than a minute apart to start the run, and Honovich followed 12 seconds later before Marcimo completed the run with 20:56 to go in the half.
The Valiants continued to bunch their goals together after a second Cougar tally, as Goncalves and Honovich scored 45 seconds apart to help make it 10-2 with 10:19 remaining. Honovich netted her sixth of the opening half with 5:18 on the clock followed by Themistocles' second, helping to give the Valiants a 12-6 edge at the break.
In addition to Honovich's six goals, Emy Cote also played a big role in the first-half lead, as she turned aside 13 shots in the first 30 minutes alone. Manhattanville held a slim 24-22 edge in shots at the break, but still had the home team doubled up on the scoreboard.
Manhattanville never allowed the Cougars back into the contest. Honovich scored her seventh a minute after Misericordia opened the second half with a goal, and Goncalves and Themistocles followed with a goal each less than a minute apart to make it 15-7 Valiants.
Misericordia never scored more than two consecutive goals the rest of the way, and both times they did Manhattanville came back with a run of its own. After two Cougar tallies early in the frame, Honovich responded with two of her own, while later in the frame two MU scores were followed by a Hess tally and two from Themistocles.
Marcimo put the finishing touches on the win with 17 seconds left, giving Manhattanville its biggest lead of the game with her second of the day.
Cote performed well in goal for Manhattanville, turning aside 19 shots to pick up her second win of the year. Erika Proctor allowed all 23 goals and made 11 saves in a losing effort for Misericordia. The Valiants finished the day with a 48-38 edge in shots.