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Manhattanville's Solomito Shines on Senior Night

RYE. N.Y. - When Jackie Solomito stepped on the Playland Ice Casino surface, Saturday, along with classmates Emy Cote, Hannah Muskego and Lauren Nutkevitch to be honored on “Senior Night,” she recalled a recurring thought.

“I’ve seen three seniors classes honored and each time I said to myself, ‘I have time,’ ” said Solomito, a Sea Cliff (L.I.), N.Y. resident. “When I was out there, it was kind of surreal. I have played with a great group of seniors and I am happy for that.”

Solomito then went out and scored two goals and had two assists, leading Manhattanville to a 7-0 victory over visiting Plymouth State in an East Coast Athletic Conference game, capping the regular season.

Manhattaville concludes with a 13-8-4 record, including 11-4-3 in the conference. The Lady Valiants, who are 6-1-2 in their last nine games, are seeded second and will host a ECAC East quarterfinal game, Saturday, Feb. 25, against an opponent and time to be determined.

“It was a little emotional, at first,” said Solomito when the puck was dropped for her final regular-season game. “I wanted to go out hard for my teammates, family and friends and, we wanted to get Emy the shutout.”

Manhattanville erupted for four goals in the first period, beginning with freshman Michelle Meggiolaro scoring 1:32 into the game, assisted by Kelly Keane. The Lady Valiants controlled the first period, peppering Plymouth State goalie Nicole Provencher with 26 shots. Provencher was sharp, after allowing the first goal, but Manhattanville’s consistent pressure resulted in three late goals.

Mary Rose Morrison scored a power-play goal at 14:57, Jessica Kehoe pounced on a defenisve giveaway and scored 90 seconds later and Solomito capped the scoring with her first of game at 18:53.

Solomito took a pass from Kehoe, at the point, skated in and ripped a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced in. Solomito added her second goal of the game in the third period with 9:39 remaining. From that point on, Manhattanville coach David Turco and his players were working to get Solomito the hat trick.

“Having a two-goal game in front of my family and friends is very special. I am glad they were here,” said Solomito, with a big smile.

Solomito was not upset she did not get a hat trick. She was more concerned with preserving the fourth shutout of the season for Cote, who finished with nine saves.

“I know my teammates wanted a hat trick for me a little more than I did, but it was more important for us to get the shutout for Emy,” Solomito said.

Katie Little and Alyssa Taylor finished with a goal and an assist apiece and defensive player Mallory Watts collected two assists.

Plymouth State 0 0 0 -- 0Manhattanville 4 1 2 -- 7

Goals -- Jackie Solomito 2, Michelle Meggoilaro, Jessica Kehoe, Alyssa Taylor, Katie Little, May Rose Morrison. Assists -- Jackie Solomito 2, Mallory Watts 2, Kelly Keane, Sonia Occhionero, Haleigh Hutchinson, Alla Traun, Katie Little, Alyssa Taylor, Trenah Stauffer. Saves -- PS: Nicole Provencher 46; Mv: Emy Cote 9.

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