POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Four Valiants scored two goals apiece as the Manhattanville Valiants field hockey team collected a 9-1 victory over Bay Path at the Vassar Tournament in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Senior Alyssa Coughlan (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and sophomore Megan Greene (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) led the way with five points apiece as the duo scored two goals and collected an assist each. Sophomore Britney Themistocles (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and classmate Amanda DeChent (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) each added two goals as the Valiants were well on their way to victory.
Manhattanville opened the contest with a bevy of shots on Bay Path, and just under four minutes into the game Coughlan was fouled inside the eight-meter circle and took a penalty stroke that gave the Valiants the early 1-0 lead. Themistocles was next to get on the board on a great individual effort on a breakaway to score her first of the young season.
At the 19:19 mark Coughlan took a shot from the top of the circle that was deflected in by junior Kayla Meenan (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent). Greene made the Wildcats pay for failing to clear the ball soon after in the 27th minute, as she notched her third goal of the year off an assist from freshman Sydney Asselstine (Hartington, Ontario/Sydenham) to make the score 4-0 as the first 35 minutes came to an end.
After the break Greene struck again after taking a pass across the goal mouth from Meenan to balloon the lead up to 5-0. Up next was DeChent who struck a hard shot past Bay Path goalkeeper Samantha Berrios. Just under five minutes later Coughlan scored her second of the game on a pass by Greene.
At the 49:07 mark Themistocles took a penalty corner that DeChent hit towards the net, and after her initial shot was saved she regained her own rebound and tapped in her second of the contest. Themistocles joined the Valiant quartet by collecting her second goal of the game after taking a pass from Asselstine to put the Valiants up 9-0 at the 56:59 point.
Bay Path got into the action in the last seven minutes of the game as Deanna Flagg put in her own rebound past sophomore keeper Amy Hilton (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kent Hills (ME)), who allowed the one goal and collected one save on her way to her second win of the year.
In terms of shots the Valiants were in favor of the lopsided total, 32-3, just as they were in penalty corners, 14-2.
The Valiants (2-0) will be back in action tomorrow as they take on host Vassar at 3:00 p.m. as the Betty Richey Tournament concludes. Bay Path (0-2) plays in the consolation game of the tournament when they face Smith College at 12:00 p.m. in Poughkeepsie.