Manhattanville vs. Eastern
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
PURCHASE, N.Y. – Senior Vinny Menzenski (Yorktown, N.Y.) recorded a game-high three points on two goals and an assist as the Manhattanville men’s lacrosse team improved to 2-0 in Middle Atlantic Conference play with a 7-4 victory over King’s (Pa.) College on Saturday afternoon at GoValiants.com Field.

Junior Andrew McMillin (Garden City, N.Y.) also netted a pair of goals and picked up a game-high eight ground balls for Manhattanville, while classmate Joey Hasbrouck (Wantagh, N.Y.) and freshman Joe Daly (Mahopac, N.Y.) each had a goal and an assist in the win.

In an evenly played contest, Manhattanville held a slight 24-22 edge in total shots and an even smaller 18-17 margin in shots on goal. Valiant junior netminder Andrew Predun (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) turned aside 13-for-17 shots to improve to 3-3 on the year, while Monarch goaltender Tim Cassi made 11 saves on 18 shots for the visitors.

Manhattanville played very well on special teams against King’s, as the team did not allow a goal in eight man-down opportunities totaling seven minutes. The team also converted on one of its two man-up chances on the afternoon.

The Valiants came out and controlled play for much of the first quarter, scoring the only two goals of the frame. Daly struck first with 6:28 left on the clock, emerging from behind the net and firing the ball past Cassi from a tough angle for his sixth of the year. Sophomore Mike Strauss (Newark, Del.) doubled the lead just over five minutes later, taking a pass from freshman Jeff Garrett (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and finding the back of the net.

The home team kept the pressure on in the second frame, scoring two goals in the first 1:48 of the period to take a 4-0 lead. Soon after senior Danny Hannon (Purchase, N.Y.) picked up the opening faceoff, Hasbrouck notched an unassisted tally 40 seconds into the quarter, and McMillin followed 1:08 later with his fourth of the year off a pass from Menzenski.

King’s scored two of the final three goals of the second quarter to lower the Valiant to just three at halftime, and neither team could establish much of an offensive rhythm in the third quarter. King’s finally broke through with 1:19 left in the quarter on freshman Matt Sweazey’s second of the afternoon, but McMillin came back with a huge tally in the final minute of the frame, scoring an unassisted tally with 12.3 seconds left that gave the home team a 6-3 lead after 45 minutes of play.

The Monarchs tried to get back into the game with a quick strike in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but Manhattanville once again had an answer. This time is was Menzenski capitalizing on the team’s first man-up chance of the afternoon, as Hasbrouck found the senior for a rocket that beat Cassi with 11:51 left.

The Valiants successfully killed off three one-minute penalties and Predun stopped all three shots he faced the rest of the way, allowing Manhattanville to leave the field with its undefeated conference mark still intact.