RYE, N.Y. - Stevenson women's ice hockey junior Natalie Rosendahl totaled a goal and two assists while sophomore Maddy Ricci recorded three assists as the Mustangs posted their second straight victory with a 6-3 win over Manhattanville Saturday evening at Playland Ice Rink.
It is the first win for the Mustangs (6-4-0) in three all-time meetings versus Manhattanville, who is receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com Top 10 Poll. Stevenson, who had eight different players register a point, finished with a season-high six goals. The team also improves to 19-0-0 when scoring five or more goals.
After a fast paced start to open the game, the visitors struck first as freshman Allyson Barlow fired a shot right off a faceoff win by sophomore Allie Sabatini. The Mustangs improve 5-1 on the season and 45-6-1 under head coach Tracy Johnson when scoring first.
Just 22 seconds later, the Valiants (6-2-0) knotted the game at 1-1 as Morgan Wilm redirected a shot in front of the net after a shot from Lindsay Diot from the blue line.
At the 14:18 mark, Stevenson reclaimed the lead as sophomore Cierra Siemasko collected a rebound following a shot by junior Monica Pozuc before beating the goalkeeper with a shot inside the post. It is the first goal for Siemasko on the season.
Manhattanville scored twice in an 11 second span to take a 3-2 lead with 2:24 remaining in the opening period. Sarah Sinning scored on a wrister over the glove side of sophomore Caitie Darosa before Melissa Stys recorded a goal after throwing the puck towards the net from behind the goal.
Rosendahl tied the game at 3-3 with the first of three goals in the second period after firing a shot from just inside the blue line. Ricci and freshman Carly McGee recorded the assists.
Just over midway through the second period, Rosendahl carried the puck into the offensive zone before leaving it for Siemasko who fired a shot on net. Junior Chelsea Ellis was there for the rebound, burying the shot to give the visitors a one-goal lead.
On the second power play attempt for the Mustangs, Ricci got the puck through to junior Chelsea Blackburn who sent a pass across the net to a wide open Pozuc for the goal. It is the first power play goal for Stevenson in its last 29 attempts.
The Mustangs took just one penalty, but killed it off as the team has killed of 43 of its 45 shorthanded situations.
Defensively, 12 different players recorded a blocked shots as the Mustangs recorded 16 to Manhattanville's 10. Rosendahl totaled three blocks while junior Allie Bruns and freshman Jordan Pirrello each finished with two.
Darosa finished with 23 saves, including 12 in the third period.
Stevenson returns to action on Monday, January 2 when the Mustangs face Bowdoin in the 10th Annual Codfish Bowl hosted at UMass Boston. The Mustangs last played in the Codfish Bowl in 2015 when they won the tournament. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.