Manhattanville vs. Western Connecticut
March 28, 2007
The Game Story:
March 28, 2007 - Ten different Western Connecticut players scored, as the Colonials defeated the Manhattanville Valiants 18-5 on Wednesday night at GoValiants.com Field. Western Connecticut improves to 3-2 overall, as the Valiants losing streak continues. After opening up the season 3-0, Manhattanville has dropped their last three games, including tonight’s to even their record at 3-3 overall.

The Valiants were led by freshman Joe Hasbrouck (Wantagh, N.Y.) and sophomore Shannon Sturz (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) who each had two goals for the Valiants.

Manhattanville fell behind early thanks to a barrage of first period Colonial goals. Western Connecticut scored three times before Manhattanville’s Sturz was finally able to put the Valiants on the board with 6:16 to play in the first quarter. The Colonials would end the quarter on a 4-0 run, to build a 7-1 lead at the end of the first.

Western Connecticut opened up the scoring in the second quarter but Hasbrouck would strike right back making the score 8-2 with 8:46 to play in the second. Both teams would trade goals over the next three minutes thanks to a Ryan Kuhn (Copiague, N.Y.) goal for the Valiants but the Colonials would add one more with second remaining in the half to make the score 10-3 at intermission.

Hasbrouck would tally the lone goal for Manhattanville in the third off a pass from sophomore Vin Menzenski (Yorktown, N.Y.) as the Colonials would score four more times to lead 14-4 after three quarters of action.

In the fourth quarter, Western Connecticut added four more goals but Sturz was able to put another one by the Colonial goalie with 5:02 to play to make the final score 18-5.

Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Predun (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) made 22 saves before being relieved by freshman goalie Chris Smith (Floral Park, N.Y.) who stopped four shots. On the other end, the Western Connecticut goalies combined for nine saves in the win.

The Valiants were out shot 53-26, and Western Connecticut also held the advantage on ground balls 33-23. Manhattanville was 1-for-3 on the extra man advantage, while stopping all three Colonial extra man attempts. The Colonial’s also won 22 of 27 face-offs in the game.

The Valiants (3-3) will next be in action on Saturday, March 31 as they host Richard Stockton at GoValiants.com Field at 1:00 p.m