RYE, N.Y. – The Manhattanville women's hockey team defeated the Salve Regina Seahawks on Saturday afternoon by a score of 3-1. Three different Valiant players scored as the team won their first home game of the season at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y.
Neither team could get their offense going against one another's defense in the first period, skating to a 0-0 tie. The Seahawks held a 9-6 advantage in shots after the first 20 minutes of play.
Manhattanville finally broke through 9:35 into the period when junior Kelly Keane (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored her third goal of the season off assists from classmates Mary Rose Morrison (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Lynsey Schill (Waterloo, Ont.).
Manhattanville skated into the second intermission with the 1-0 lead while outshooting their opponents by a 12-3 margin in the second frame.
After the break, Manhattanville added an insurance goal when junior Caitlyn Beauvais (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) sent a pass into traffic in the front of the net that was tipped by junior Sonia Occhionero (Montreal, Que.) to classmate Katie Little (Victoria, B.C.) who tipped it in for her second of the year, and the team's second of the game.
Morrison stretched MC's lead to 3-0 at the 16:57 mark into the period after an initial shot taken by Alyssa Taylor (Craik, Sask.) was saved, Morrison flicked it on the backhand into the net to give the Valiants a 3-0 lead.
Down three goals Salve Regina pulled its' netminder with just over a minute remaining in favor of the extra attacker. Pulling the goalie eventually helped when Salve Regina scored on a perfectly placed shot by Sarah Markey (Ashland, Mass.) between the post and the left pad of sophomore netminder Mary Evans (Detroit, Mich.) just before time expired.
In goal Evans made 19 saves including a game-high nine in the first period, she clinches her first win of the season in only her second start of the year. The loss was credited to Rebecca Simmons who falls to 2-2 on the year while making 27 saves along the way.
Manhattanville (2-4-0, 2-2-0 ECAC East) will be back in action this Tuesday when they host non-conference opponent Neumann at home with the puck to be dropped at 7:00 p.m. Salve Regina (2-3-0, 2-3-0 ECAC East) will not be back in action until December 2 when they take on St. Michaels in ECAC East action at 7:00 p.m.