Hughes Sets New School Record with 160 Career Goals

Photo by Ryan McGilloway

Junior captain Lindsay Hughes scored eight goals to break Amanda Barretta’s previous school record of 159 career goals in Friday’s game against Manhattanville College.

Huges scored her 22nd goal of the season and her 160th of her collegiate career with just over six minutes left to go as the Roadrunners earned a 18-11 win against Manhattanville.

“From her freshman year, she’s a junior captain now. She has been such a great, great person for our program and for our team,” said Roadrunners head coach Jane Koeniges. “She has done tremendous things to help our program take strides forward to where we want to go. She’s been absolutely tremendous, you can’t really put it into words. It’s certainly a blessing to have her.”

The Roadrunners went on a 6-0 run in the first six minutes of the game. Hughes scored three of the first six goals. Freshman Alexandra Tray picked up an assist on Hughes’ first goal.

Tray scored the first goal of the game on an assist from freshman Victoria Cunningham. Sophmore Alison Gacsi tallied the Roadrunners fifth and sixth goals to put the Roadrunners up by a large margin early in the game.

Manhattanville sophomore Sarah Dalsey answered for the Valiants with four straight goals of her own to bring the score to 6-4 with 13 minutes to go in the first half. Senior Maghann Haggerty and freshman Christina Leva each earned an assist on one of Dalsey’s goals and two were unassisted.

Both teams would add three more goals before the end of the half as Hughes would score two more and freshman Beth McGraw netted her seventh of the season to give the Roadrunners a 9-7 lead at halftime.

Manhattanville freshman AnnaMarie Nardone opened the scoring in the second half with her second goal of the game to bring the Valiants within a goal.

However, the Roadrunners found an answer and never looked back as freshman Colleen Manley scored just 23 seconds later to restore the Roadrunners two-goal lead. Hughes then scored back-to-back goals to extend Ramapo’s lead to 12-8.

Nardone scored two more goals for Manhattanville and freshman Mary Lynch would add another.

The Roadrunners scored six more goals as freshman Alyssa Tachon and Cunningham scored their first goals of the game. Beth McGraw scored her second goal of the game with just over nine minutes remaining. Freshman Gabriella Razzano scored twice and Hughes scored her record breaking goal with 6:15 to go in the game en route to the 18-11 victory. 

Cunningham said that the team was transitioning well on offense, which led to the 18-goal outburst.

“We’ve really been transitioning well,” said Cunningham. “Ground balls, we’ve all picked them up. We were hustling to the ball.”

The Roadrunners improved their overall record to 2-2 this season and will look to take momentum into their next games. After a non league game against Fairleigh Dickinson University at Florham, the Roadrunners begin their New Jersey Athletic Conference Schedule against The College of New Jersey on Saturday.

“It was really important; it was definitely a confidence booster for all of us,” said Cunningham.

The Roadrunners will head to Madison, New Jersey tomorrow to take on FDU Florham for a 7:00 p.m.