Two-time MAAC champions Emmy Andujar and Ashton Pankey signed professional contracts this week with European teams.
Andujar signed with Forca Lleida of Spain. He was one of the league’s leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists before earning first team all-MAAC last season. He graduated making school history by being the only student-athlete to notch at least 1,300 points, 750 rebounds, 350 assists and 150 steals in his career.
As for Pankey, he signed with Israel’s Hapoel Galil Club. He also ranked among league leaders last season in scoring and rebounding, as well as blocks and field goal percentage. He elevated his game even more in the MAAC tournament by averaging 15.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, earning him the honor of Most Outstanding Performer.
Manhattan fell 0-2 on the season after a 1-0 defeat against Lehigh. The teams remained tied through the 52 minutes of the game before Lehigh broke through. However, Manhattan had chances throughout the game.
A 30-yard attempt from Dahrius Waldron on the 12th minute and a shot from 25 yards out from Abraham Bartoah with 10 seconds left in the game. Grant Elgin and Adam Weisberger had back-to-back chances on the 87th minute but came up short.
Manhattan stands at 3-1 on the season so far — the first time since 2008 — after notching two victories this week against Hartford and NJIT. Despite being outshot 21-3 in the matchup against Hartford, Kristen Skonieczny helped keep Manhattan in the game with four saves. She also earned her second shutout of the season and 10th of her career. Lizzy Carlson notched the lone goal of the game with an assist by Nicole Aylmer on the 77th minute.
Manhattan’s offense shined versus NJIT. After scoring two goals over their last three matches, it scored three in the first half of the game. This marked the first time since 2007 that it scored three before halftime.
Carlson notched her second straight game-winning goal, scoring on the 11th minute with an assist from Emily Ude. Ude went on to tally a goal of her own on the 15th minute before Erica Modena notched one on the 25th minute. Tara Teal extended Manhattan’s score to 4-0 in the second half. Skonieczny tallied three saves in 41 minutes of play and Kelly DiGregorio tallied one in the remaining 49 minutes.
This victory marked the third time in six years led by head coach Brendan Lawler that Manhattan scored at least four goals in a match. So far in their four games this season, it hasn’t allowed goals in seven of their eight halves of action played.
Manhattan earned a 3-1 victory in their home opener against Stony Brook on Tuesday. In a strong defensive outing, the Jaspers combined for eight blocked shots and held Stony Brook to a .105 hitting percentage. Claire Van Dyk and Milena Janjusevic led the attack with 10 and 14 kills respectively, along with Casey Monroe and Marissa Behrens ending the game with seven each. Manhattan hit .244 altogether in the match.
On Saturday, Manhattan earned a victory in their first game of the CEFCU Classic versus UMass Lowell. Van Dyk had a match-high 17 kills as well as 16 digs for Manhattan. Also with a double-double, Janjusevic had 10 kills and 12 digs. As a team, Manhattan hit .233 in the match.