The Manhattanville women’s lacrosse team is set to begin their 2017 season. Last season, the Valiants went 6-10 (1-5 MAC Freedom). Having finished 5th in the MAC Freedom Conference last year and failing to make the playoffs, they hope to have a turnaround season in 2017.
The team, having only one senior starter graduate from last year is now a much younger team. Head coach Tricia Molfetta, is optimistic about the upcoming season; she was pleased with the level of motivation the team exhibited entering the season.
“The goal is always to make playoffs, which is definitely a huge possibility for us this year,” said Molfetta.
Senior Carly Weiss, will be a key factor to the Valiants’ success this year. Weiss was the top scorer, point, and assist getter in 2016. She has been moved into the mid field this year, and will be taking on more defensive tasks in addition to her offensive star power.
“She’s a high-level player that steps up in big moments for us, she’s one of those players that can open up the scoring for other players on the offense,” said Molfetta.
Senior mid fielder AnnaMarie Nardone, and junior defender Shaniya Jones, are the squad’s captains. Both on, and off the field, they lead the team by example, and hold everyone to a high standard.
Last season, the team came up short in many conference games, preventing them from making the playoffs. They lost to the Eastern University Eagles and the Wilkes University Colonels by just 1 goal—games that could have gone either way.
The Valiants will look to change the outcome against those two teams this season. With the Eastern loss being on the road last season, the Valiants will have the advantage of being on their home turf. However, they will be traveling to Wilkes University to face o against the Colonels on Saturday Apr. 22nd. These games will be critical to the Valiants’ playoff fate.
“If we take care of business against those teams, by playing smart and having an overall good game we can put ourselves in a great position to make playoffs,” said Molfetta.
The Kings College Monarchs, who defeated the Valiants on their home turf last season, will travel to Manhattanville for a conference showdown for the Valiants’ final game of the season. This will be
the Valiants’ “Senior Day,” where the team hopes to have the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot.
The Valiants are currently on a 2-game winning streak, having defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 14-13 (OT), and Sweet Briar 21-3. In their victory against Sweet Briar, the Valiants had a record 14 different players net goals. The team will seek to keep this momentum going in the weeks to follow as they prepare for conference play.