Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Teams Bounce Back

GOVALIANTS.COM

ALAN MENA

As Manhattanville’s men’s hockey team began their season on Oct. 28, 2016 against Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, they were looking to bounce back from their 12-13- 1 record last season, in hopes of achieving the team’s 5th conference title. The season’s first four games were on the road, two of which were against conference teams. They were put to the test right away. They lost their first game against Salve Regina with a score of 4-1. Although they did not begin the season as they had hoped, they bounced back and came out victorious against the Daniel Webster Eagles with a final score of 9-2. The following two games were on the road against the Nazareth Golden Flyers and the Utica Pioneers, both conference teams. The team continued to struggle, losing both games 5-3 and 5-1.

Beginning their season 1-3, (0-2 conference), the men’s team came out victorious in the next four games, which were all against conference teams. During this four- game conference-winning streak, the Valiants averaged 5 goals while allowing an average of 2.3 goals to their conference opponents. These big wins were against Hobart, Elmira, Lebanon Valley, and Stevenson. With a 5-3 overall record, (4-2 conference), going almost into December, the Valiants put themselves in a good position early on in the season with these bounce- back wins.

Notable players this season have included sophomore, Matt Lippa, with 15 goals, 24 points, and 9 assists. Senior, Adam PlaTT also stood out this season, recording 11 goals, 22 points, and 11 assists. These two great performances were aided by the rest of the team, attributing to an overall successful season thus far.

Housing an overall record of 14-9-1, (10-3 conference) with only one conference game remaining against Neumann in the season, the men’s team has placed themselves in great position to make the playoffs for their 18th consecutive season. After beginning their season 0-2 against conference teams, the men’s team excelled by going 10-1 for the rest of the season up until this point against those teams and 4-6 against other teams. The Valiants are set to begin the ECAC West Semifinals on Feb. 25 at Playland Ice Casino in Rye, New York.

After struggling last season, finishing with a 9-17 record, the women’s ice hockey team began their season on a strong note with a 3-2 victory over their conference opponent, Castleton, on Nov. 4 in Rye, NY. Their first six games of the season were all conference games, five of which they won. They were able to attain a five-game winning streak through this stretch with a win against Neumann, an out-of-conference team. This was their longest winning streak of the season. Starting their season with a record of 5-1, against all conference teams was an excellent way to bounce back from their previous season. During these six games, the Valiants scored an average of four goals per game, while allowing about 2.7 goals per game.

Although the women’s team began to struggle to win consistently after their strong 6-1 start, they were able to battle out an 8-6-2 overall record,(6-2-1 conference) up until this point in the season.

A pivotal point during the season was when the Valiants were able to notch another winning streak with four  consecutive wins against New England College, Franklin Pierce, Lebanon Valley, and St. Michael’s, outscoring them 17-6. Besides big conference wins, the women’s team was  able to achieve their largest marginal victory against Lebanon Valley, which ended in a 10-0 shutout. Among the players who stood out was Sophomore Nicole Mensi, who logged an astounding 16 goals, 4 assists, and 20 points. Sarah Sinning, Karly Kapur, and Melissa Stys combined for 21 goals, 42 points, and 21 assists. Overall the whole team made a great effort and contributed in any possible way, making this season very successful.

With an overall record of 14-7-2 , (11-3-1 conference) the women’s team has bounced back from last season’s struggles. They are currently si ing in the 4th spot of their tough conference, with two conference games remaining to finish out the season. Although they do not have to face the four teams above them during the 2016 tournament, they will be set to face other teams they have been playing against for a long time. The Valiants have had the advantage of preparing against these familiar teams. The 2016 tournament is set to begin on Feb. 26 at Playland Ice Casino alongside the men’s team.

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