Manu’s offensive breakout aids Merrimack’s rise in Hockey East
Felila Manu of Anchorage epitomizes the rise of Merrimack College in the women’s Hockey East conference as the senior defenseman’s breakout offensive season is tied to the Warriors breaking out of the basement in the league.
Playing just their fourth season of NCAA D1 women’s hockey, the Warriors had finished last or second-to-last in each of the previous three seasons.
But this season Merrimack sits fifth in Hockey East, just two points behind fourth place going into the final weekend of the regular season.
This is new territory for the Warriors, but players like Manu are leading the way.
The Alaskan has set career highs in goals (3), assists (9), points (12) and plus/minus (+15).
Manu, of East High fame, has seen her point total increase in each of her four seasons at Merrimack. The Warriors have subsequently won more games each season.
This year they have posted 16 wins overall, which is a school record.