PURCHASE, N.Y. Coming into the 2012 Manhattanville College women's lacrosse season, Casandra Honovich understood she would have an expanded role on the team.
"We lost some key players on attack, so we knew we needed to step up and take control of the attack," said Honovich, a sophomore and 2010 Panas graduate.
Honovich has become the Lady Valiants leader on attack, scoring a team-high and Freedom Conference-best 55 goals this season. She also has nine assists.
She recently became the first sophomore in program history to surpass the 100-goal plateau. Honovich, who also has consecutive 50-plus goal seasons, scored her 100th goal in a Manhattanville victory.
"Scoring your 100th goal is a very exciting feeling, especially getting it when I am a sophomore," said Honovich, who also surpassed 100 goals in her senior year playing for Lakeland/Panas. "It was much nicer getting the 100th goal in a win because it shows we are all working together."
As a freshman entering the program, Honovich admitted to being a bit scared, even after her excellent high school career.
"Here I was, a freshman, playing a sport at an upper level. But I remember my coaches and teammates telling me not to think of myself as a freshman, but just another player on the field," she said.
Despite being more of an active leader this year, Honovich has been more relaxed. As a result, she has been creating opportunities for her teammates.
"We are all contributing and setting each other up for good scoring opportunities," said Honovich, who is majoring in art history and minoring in psychology.
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