Manhattanville vs. Fdu-florham
March 23, 2010
The Game Story:
PURCHASE, N.Y. – Freshman Joey Bacarella (Trumbull, Conn.) had three goals and senior Andrew Predun (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) made 14 huge saves as the Manhattanville men's lacrosse team took down reigning Middle Atlantic Conference champions FDU-Florham, 11-7, in the teams’ conference opener on Tuesday night at Field.

“Tonight was a great team effort,” said head coach Todd Hodgson. “We put together a complete 60 minutes of hard work, but this is only game one of 11 conference games that we must work hard in. Every game is important.”

Bacarella’s three tallies led the team in goals, while senior Joey Hasbrouck (Wantagh, N.Y.) finished with five points, scoring twice and assisting on three goals. Also helping the Valiants on offense were senior Andrew McMillin (Garden City, N.Y.) and sophomore Joe Daly (Mahopac, N.Y.) with three points each.

The Valiants relied heavily on Predun as he made 14 saves, including multiple door-stop saves, and helped the team kill off six of eight extra-man opportunities. The Valiant defense held the Devils to under two goals in each period and held them to just three goals in the final half. In the fourth quarter, the defense kicked into high gear, and allowed just eight shots at the cage with Predun make a period high of five saves.

Manhattanville got on the board early in the contest as Bacarella found the back of the net with a beautiful dunk just 1:54 into regulation. The first goal by the Valiants marked the first time all season they led to begin a contest. The team took a 2-0 lead when junior Mike Strauss (Newark, Del.) scored a man-up goal with 12:38 remaining off a nice feed from Hasbrouck. The Devils tagged on two goals in the final 11 minutes of the period, but a goal from Hasbrouck at 8:41 allowed the Valiants to finish the quarter with a 3-2 lead.

The Valiants scored three more times in the second quarter, as Hasbrouck and Strauss added their second goals of the night and McMillin scored his first. Freshman Matt Corey (Merrimack, N.H.) found Hasbrouck at the 12:43 mark to give the Valiants a 4-2 lead. Almost six minutes later, McMillin hit the back of the net from a nice pass delivered by Daly on the wing. The Devils got a pair of goals to cut the lead to 5-4 as Brian Gill and Kevin Shadiack scored for the road team, but just before halftime Strauss scored his second of the night on an extra-man opportunity with Corey picking up his second helper of the night.

The Devils tried to make an early comeback in the third quarter, as Shadiack scored 31 seconds in the third frame as time remained on a man-up chance. But the Valiants once again came right back to regain the momentum, as the home team scored the next two goals to take an 8-5 lead on tallies by Daly and Bacarella. Mike Sheehan scored with seven minutes remaining to keep the Devils in the game as they trailed by two goals heading into the fourth quarter

The Valiants rattled off three goals in the final quarter, including a man-up goal with a three man-advantage. McMillin scored his second of the contest as Daly picked up his third point of the game with 13:43 remaining. Bacarella’s third goal of the night came with 13 seconds remaining on a three-man advantage after the Devils took three separate technical fouls. Corey’s only goal of the contest solidified the contest with 8:05 remaining as the team took a five-goal lead, 11-6, and the Valiant lead was never threatened the rest of the way.

Manhattanville (2-3, 1-0 MAC) will play game two of their three games in five days affair on Thursday as the Valiants host Trinity (Conn.) at 4 p.m. at Field. Fans that can’t make it to the game can watch live on GoValiants.TV at game time. FDU-Florham (1-4, 0-1 MAC) will host DeSales on Saturday at 1 p.m.