Manhattanville, Montclair fall to Lions

The field hockey team’s winning streak continued this week as the Lions scored victories against Montclair State University and Manhattanville College.

The two wins this week leave the Lions with a 7-1 record and a four-game winning streak.

The No. 3 College’s 3-2 win snapped a 16-game winning streak held by No. 13 Montclair that dates back all the way to October 2006.

Freshman forward/midfielder Leigh Mitchell scored early in the game, netting her fourth goal of the season nine minutes into the competition.

The Lions were able to hold off the Red Hawks for the majority of the first half until a blocked shot off the pads of junior goalkeeper Caitlin Gregory was rebounded for a goal. The two teams went into the second half locked at 1-1.

In the second half it was Montclair who took the early lead, scoring off a penalty corner six minutes into the half. It seemed that the Lions’ defeat was imminent as the minutes counted down, but senior defender Sheri Grondski tied the score with her first goal of the year with 15 minutes remaining.

The College would take the lead once again five minutes later with a goal from senior defender Ashleigh Pecherski off yet another penalty corner. The defeat left the Red Hawks with an 8-1 record. It was the first time the team scored a victory at Montclair since 2003.

“Our win against Montclair was huge,” sophomore forward Jessica Falcone said. “When we were down, we stayed composed and just kept playing our game.”

The impressive victory over Montclair left the College with the confidence to dominate a visiting Manhattanville in a 7-0 win.

The Lions showed no mercy, shooting on goal a total of 39 times while holding the Valiants to a single shot on goal for the entire game. The first three Lions’ goals of the game were scored within a five-minute period.

“We basically maintained offensive possession for almost the entire game,” Falcone said. Falcone and junior forward Kendra Boyd were each responsible for two of the Lions’ goals.

As the Lions’ lead increased, senior goalkeeper Gina Quaranta was given the chance to show off her skills in the cage, keeping the Valiants scoreless for her 10 minutes of play.

Both Quaranta and Gregory earned a shutout for the win over Montclair.

The Lions are scheduled to travel to Susquehanna University on Saturday for a 4 p.m. start.