Mustangs Return to Win Column Thanks to Leva’s Hat Trick

Mustangs Return to Win Column Thanks to Leva’s Hat Trick

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Field Hockey team rebounded from their first away loss this past week by defeating Wells College on the road 4-2. 

Freshman Hayley Fonfara (Elma, N.Y.) opened the scoring for Morrisville at the 22:09 mark in the first half off of a corner opportunity.  Fonfara followed the deflection off of her initial shot for the 1-0 lead. 

Just over three minutes later, Wells was able to even up the score off of a pass from Kelly Mason to Kate Wells.  Despite 18 combined shots in the opening half, neither team was able to take the lead headed into halftime. 

The second half was a different story for the Mustangs as they controlled most of the action, out shooting the Express 21-6.  At the 44:53 mark, Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) gave Morrisville the one goal lead as she took a rebound and deposited it just inside the left post. 

Just under three minutes later, Leva struck again for the unassisted tally after a scrum in front of the cage.  The score would remain 3-1 in favor of the visiting Mustangs for the next eight minutes.  

Morrisville recorded their fourth goal of the game, once again off of the stick of Leva with 4:20 remaining in the game.  Lauren Kellum (Morrisville, N.Y.) was able to find some room on the right side of the field before she crossed to the ball to a streaking Leva coming from the left. 

The Express were able to cut the lead in half with nine seconds remaining, but ultimately the Mustangs would hang on for the 4-2 victory. 

Emma Gottung (Caroga Lake, N.Y.) recorded six saves for Morrisville State. 

Next up for the Mustangs is their conference opener at home on Wednesday, September 13 against New Paltz at 5 PM. 

Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. 

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.

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