GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Ava Panzer (Pawling, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist as the Manhattanville College Valiants earned a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference field hockey game Friday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With both teams playing in their season-opening games, the Valiants are 1-0 to start the 2019 season, while the Huskies start at 0-1. It is just the second time in seven meetings that the Valiants have defeated Southern Maine. The Huskies lead the all-time series, dating back to 2013, 5-2.
Panzer scored late in the first half for her first intercollegiate goal to put her team up 1-0 in the 26th minute. Panzer then found senior Ameerah Thomas (Norfolk, Va./Granby) in the fourth quarter for an insurance goal and a 2-0 lead at the 49th minute.
Thomas' goal proved to be decisive as Southern Maine senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) scored the Huskies first goal of the season just seconds later, converting a penalty stroke. Down 2-1, Southern Maine could not find an equalizer in the final 11 minutes in the loss.
Manhattanville sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Fillebrown (Nashua, N.H.) earned the win making four saves. USM sophomore Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made 11 saves in the loss. The Valiants led USM in shots on goal 13-5.
Southern Maine returns to action at home tomorrow (3:30 pm) when it hosts Johnson & Wales University at Hannaford Field. Manhattanville will take on Plymouth State (1:00 pm) at Hannaford Field.