MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Field Hockey team picked up their third win of the season on Friday evening and their second in North Eastern Athletic Conference competition defeating the visiting Wilson College Phoenix 3-1.
The Mustangs put offensive pressure on the Phoenix early, tallying seven corners and 11 shots in the first half. Just under seventeen minutes into the game, their persistence paid off. Morrisville set up for a corner play, however the insert from Emily Hunt (Harpursville, N.Y.) squirted out of the circle. Natalie Diable (Morrisville, N.Y.) quickly recovered the lost pass and alertly found Lauren Kellum (Morrisville, N.Y.) streaking for the top of the circle. Kellum took a touch and ripped a shot through the Wilson defense and to the back of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
Morrisville continued to gain scoring opportunities in the first, but the Phoenix keeper, Kayla Butts held firm.
The second half of play continued much like the first for the Mustangs and it paid off early. Four minutes into the second half, Haley Evarts (Irondequoit, N.Y.) found an opening in the Wilson defense and shot a quick cross from the top of the circle to the left post. Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) sprinted up the left side and on full extension redirected the cross back into the Phoenix cage.
Fourteen minutes later, Evarts once again found the ball on her stick. Outside of the circle, Evarts fired the ball into a cluster of Mustangs streaking toward the cage. Several players lunged for the pass, but it was the stick of Heather Cummings (Hamilton, N.Y.) who got just enough of the pass to poke it off of the outstretched stick of Butts and into the goal.
Wilson would not go quietly however, taking advantage of a transition opportunity off of the face off following the third Morrisville goal. Miranda Long found Kailey Mixwell on a breakaway 25 seconds later for the goal. Following the goal, the Phoenix took a time out to make a final push, but the Mustangs' defense tightened up to hold on to the 3-1 victory.
Next up for the Mustangs is a cross-town matchup against Hamilton College at home on Wednesday, October 4 at 6 PM.
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The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.