Waldau leads Morrisville State women’s lacrosse to 14-13 OT win over Elmira

Waldau leads Morrisville State women’s lacrosse to 14-13 OT win over Elmira

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Hunter Waldau (Central Square, N.Y.) posted six goals, including the game winner, and assisted another to lead host Morrisville State College women's lacrosse to a 14-13 overtime thriller over Elmira College Sunday afternoon.

The win lifts the Mustangs to 1-1 overall on the season, while Elmira drops to 1-1.

Waldau added a team high five ground balls and caused two turnovers to her tallies on the day, while five additional teammates added scores.

Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) posted three goals to go along with an assist, while teammate Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa, Ontario) scored twice and assisted another. Kayla Dorrance (Cazenovia, N.Y.) rounded out top scoring for the Mustangs with a goal and team high three assists.

Meagan Mack (Endicott, N.Y.) registered 12 saves for the win between the pipes for Morrisville State, including seven in the second half and two critical stops in the overtime frame.

Moorea Spoljaric led Elmira with four goals and an assist, while teammate Rebecca Matturro added three. Jessica Blinkinsop posted two scores for the visitors, and assisted another two to round out the Soaring Eagle leaderboard.

LeAnna Presler recorded the loss in net, making eight stops.

Both teams played to a back and forth opening half, before the visitors posted three straight tallies over the course of a five minute span, for a three goal lead.

Waldau brought the Mustangs to within one rifling the feed from Kolleen Brown (Willet, N.Y.) past Presler, as the hosts headed into the break trailing 5-7.

In the second, each team exchanged scores over the first seven minutes, but it was a Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) tally at the 21:20 mark that ignited a five goal burst over the ensuing nine minutes that gave the Mustangs momentum for the remainder of the contest.

Waldau collected the draw control on ensuing opportunity and with a quick foot drove to goal, posting the unassisted score just 17 seconds after Young. Wood kept it rolling with an unassisted tally to tie the contest at nine with 18:27 to go.

Waldau struck again at the 13:19 mark, burying the feed from Ally Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) to give the Mustangs a 10-9 lead, their first since the 16:36 mark in the first period. Continuing with the hot stick, not even a minute later, Waldau added another for a two goal Mustang advantage.

Elmira answered with back-to-back tallies to tie the game at 11 with 11:30 to go, but a feed from Dorrance to Waldau at 10:44 regained the one goal lead for the Mustangs.

Elmira's Spoljaric forced the decisive overtime period, netting an unassisted tally with just 43 seconds remaining on the clock to knot the game at 12.

Morrisville State dominated the extra frame, and were able to capitalize on two quick tallies. Just 1:09 into the extra frame, Dorrance rolled the crease and popped the ball past Presler for the one goal advantage, before finding Waldau on a feed from behind not even a minute later to give the Mustangs the 14-12 lead.

Elmira put on pressure offensively down the stretch and was able to post a score with just 18 ticks to go, but Mack secured the win turning away the last Eagle effort to score.

Morrisville State held the slim advantage in shots on the day, 34-30, over Elmira, and won the ground ball battle 28-26.

The Mustangs return to the field Wednesday, hosting Potsdam State at 5:30 p.m. on Drake Field for a non-conference matchup with the Bears.

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