by LIONEL OLIVO
RYE, N.Y- On Saturday the Valiants defeated UMass Boston, marking their first overall defeat of the season, 2-0. Goaltender Kirsten Shaughnessy facilitated the shutout and tallied a career best 30 saves during the encounter.
Manhattanville was first on the board. Just 2:16 into the game, #18 Rachael Morrison collected the puck, came up the left side and fired a shot past the left leg of the goalie. Less than 10 minutes later Sarah Sinning scored the first goal of her collegiate career through a tic-tac-toe passing play to give Manhattanville a 2-0 lead over UMass Boston.
After, it was up to Shaughnessy to preserve the lead. “We need goalies to make big saves, she [Shaughnessy] stood her ground and preserved the lead,” said Coach Turco after the game. Shaughnessy was so impressive that the opposing team never managed to score. “I took away all the space, so all they had left were the poles,” Shaughnessy said.
This win is especially meaningful to the Valiants as last year they were eliminated from the ECAC East Conference Tournament by UMass.
It is also an indication of what can be expected from the Valiants for the rest of the season. Head Coach David Turco said: “We always start the season with tough opponents to see where we stand.” So far, Valiants are 3-0 in ECAC Conference play and 3-2-0 overall.
Next up for the Valiants are Castleton State and Norwich on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Norwich is the last undefeated team in the ECAC conference beside the Valiants themselves.