Manhattanville Hands USM First Loss 6-3

Sophomore Kaleigh Heath had a goal and an assist for the Huskies against Manhattanville.
Sophomore Kaleigh Heath had a goal and an assist for the Huskies against Manhattanville.

Manhattanville Hands Southern Maine First Loss 6-3

            STAMFORD, Conn. -- Junior Sydney Asselstine (Hartington, Ontario) scored a hat trick in the first period as the Manhattanville College Valiants handed the University of Southern Maine their first loss of the season defeating the Huskies 6-3 in ECAC Women's East action late Saturday afternoon at Terry Conners Rink.

            The Huskies, off to the best start in school history after winning their first five games, slip to 5-1-0 overall and 4-1-0 in league play.  The Valiants, ranked 10th in this week's Division III poll, won their second straight to lift their record to 3-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in ECAC play.

            Asselstine scored three of the four Manhattanville goals in the opening 20 minutes as the home side jumped out to a 4-2 lead.  Junior Michelle Meggiolaro (Whippany, N.J.) had a goal and two assists, all in the first period.  Junior Alla Traun (Edina, Minn.) and sophomore Kyra Herbert (Plainfield, N.H.) had the other Manhattanville goals in the second period.

            Sophomore Kaleigh Heath (Jericho, Vt.), senior Erin Banfield (Montpelier, Vt.) and rookie Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) each had a goal and an assist for the Huskies.  Sophomore Chelsea Boucher (Gilford, N.H.) picked up a pair of assists.

            Asselstine opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first period with her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Meggiolaro.  At the 6:00 mark, Meggiolaro doubled the lead with her third goal with an assist from Traun.

            Heath scored her first of the season at 10:26 to trim the Huskies' deficit to one, but Asselstine answered with her second marker of the game at 13:55.

            Banfield again brought the Huskies back to within one with an unassisted short-handed goal at 18:18, but Asselstine completed her hat trick a minute later with assists going to Meggiolaro and Traun.

            Traun pushed the Valiants' lead to 5-2 early in the second period on an assist from Asselstine.  Vanidestine pulled USM back within two goals midway through the period, but Herbert scored seven seconds later to account for the final scoring.

            Junior goalie Kirsten Shaughnessy (Le Center, Minn.) picked up her second win of the season stopping 19 shots.  For USM, junior Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) and sophomore Jenn Fuller (Houston, B.C.) combined to make nine saves.  USM out shot Manhattanville 22-15 for the game.

            Southern Maine returns home to face Colby College in a non-conference game on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).  Manhattanville will host Neumann College on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) for a non-conference game.