Rams Win Season Opener at Manhattanville

Courtney Cook
Courtney Cook

Farmingdale State - 16, Manhattanville - 5

Purchase, N.Y. - Freshman midfielder Nicole Marzocca (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored a game-high six points with four goals and two assists as Farmingdale State defeated non-conference opponent Manhattanville, 16-5, in Purchase, N.Y. The Rams won their first game of the season and Manhattanville dropped to 0-2 overall with the loss.

Sophomore attack Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) put the Valiants ahead early as she scored the opening goal less than a minute into the game. Farmingdale State responded with six unanswered goals including three by Marzocca and two from freshman midfielder Christy Thoden (Bayport, N.Y.). Each team added a score over the final 10 minutes as the Rams took a 7-2 advantage into halftime.

Manhattanville would close within four, 9-5, early in the second half but Farmingdale State scored seven consecutive goals en route to a 16-5 non-conference victory.

Thoden finished the day with four goals and a game-high 11 draw controls in her Rams debut. Senior attack Krystin Shand (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) tallied three goals and two assists for five points, while Jordyn Hasemann (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Carly Schneider (Merrick, N.Y.) and Jillian Pironti (Seaford, N.Y.) each scored twice.

Honovich led the Valiants as she scored all five of her teams goals.

Senior goalkeeper Courtney Cook (Deer Park, N.Y.) recorded five saves in the win for Farmingdale State.

The Rams next will host Hartwick in a non-conference game on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m.