Throught the first six games of the season, the Manhattanville women’s ice hockey team has put up a modest record of three wins and three losses.
After beating Utica in their season opener by a score of 4-1, the Valiants dropped the next two games in Aston, PA against Neumann University. Looking to bounce back strong, the team was set to take on Wesleyan University on Nov. 17. Winning the game by a score of 3-1, the team was led by junior Nicole Mensi and sophomore Amanda Sabia, respectively scoring three points apiece.
Mensi had two goals and one assist, while Sabia had one goal and two assists. Sophomore goaltender Taylor Elias had a stellar night in the crease, as she saved 19 of 20 shots and recorded the win for the Valiants. Winning face- offs is always crucial towards playing a solid game, and Manhattanville had a great night from the dot. Seniors Melissa Stys and Sarah Sinning won a combined 30 face-offs out of 46 attempts.
After an overall productive evening, the Valiants captured a much-needed victory. Enjoying home-ice advantage once more, the Valiants took on Amherst College on Nov. 21. Unable to take full advantage, the Valiants were shutout 4-0. With a week and a half break in between games, the team was set to take on Lebanon Valley. After being shutout and clearly hungry for a win, the Valiants put up a whopping seven goals on the score sheet. Led by senior Sarah Sinning’s efforts with the puck, as she scored a hat trick which propelled the Valiants to victory.
Senior Maeve O’Brien also recorded a goal and an assist in the win, and sophomores Zoe Pellowitz and Amanda Sabia combined for a solid five assists on the night, wrapping up an all-around great game for the team.
Amazingly, the Valiants outshot Amherst College 89 to 7. The team applied pressure all night long, and the score could have been much higher with that amount of shots. The team has one more game before winter break on Dec. 9 against Connecticut College, as they will look to keep adding to the win column.
When the team comes back in January, they will take a trip up to Rutland, Vermont to play in the Rutland Herald Invitational. They will look to stay hot when returning from the cold winter break as they take on SUNY Canton after what will be nearly a month off from hockey.