Manhattanville women’s ice hockey team pulled o a successful season, housing a 17-9-2 overall record and a 12-4-1 record in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC). Much improved from the 2015-2016 season, where they finished with a 9-17 overall and 7-10 conference record.
Head Coach David Turco, and Assistant coaches Rachael Morrison, Chris LaRocca, and Johnathon Castro,worked hard with their players to finish 3rd in the NEHC, behind Norwich and St. Anselm. Turco’s overall record after six seasons as head coach is now 77-69-16 overall, and 61-34-11 in conference play. Housing a consistent conference record over the course of six seasons is an impressive achievement.
The Valiants played their best ice hockey in mid-to-late- November and late-January. They were able to achieve a five-game and four-game winning streak during the early and later part of the season, giving themselves a major boost in the standings. When they reached the postseason, the Valiants were able to pick up big wins against two conference rivals. They also gained a spot in the championship conference game for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. They overcame Southern Maine, defeating them 6-2, and UMass Boston, with a 4-2 victory. Their season came to an end when they lost 0-5 to top-seeded Norwich in the conference finals on Mar. 4th.
Senior forward/defense player Lindsay Diot believes they had an “outstanding season.”
“By far the best one I’ve been a part of in my four years here. The first time our team hit the ice in the preseason, you could already tell there was going to be good team chemistry, and that we were going places this year. Everyone across the board came to practice motivated and driven. We had a great freshman class come in ready to work, and just throughout the season we remained focused and envisioned great things for our future as a team,” said Diot.
Out of the 25 players on the roster, the team had eight freshmen, who have a “bright future ahead of them,” according to Diot.
Overall, the women’s ice hockey team bounced back with great season and hope to continue this successful play in following years to come.