Morrisville State women post second half comeback, top Route 20 Rival Cazenovia 15-10

Morrisville State women post second half comeback, top Route 20 Rival Cazenovia 15-10

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College women's lacrosse battled back from a six goal deficit in the first half and rattled host Cazenovia College in the second, as they collected the 15-10 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory on the road in Cazenovia Wednesday afternoon in cross town rival action.

The win lifts Morrisville State to 4-3 overall, as they post their first conference win of the season for a1-0 NEAC record. Cazenovia drops to 1-5 overall, 0-1 in NEAC play.

Five Mustangs registered scores on the day, including Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) who posted a team high five goals. Hunter Waldau (Central Square, N.Y.) added three goals and assisted another two, while teammates Ally Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) and Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each registered three. Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa, Ontario) rounded out goal scorers with one on the day.

Cailin Dunphy (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) recorded the win in net, making nine stops on the day.

Kim Vrigian paced the Wildcats with three scores, while teammates Kaitlin Sheppard, Daejah Werntz and Abby Webster each added two apiece.

Abigail Kortz registered 12 saves in the loss for Cazenovia.

Waldau posted the first score for the Mustangs early on in the opening period for a 1-0 Morrisville State advantage, but the Wildcats posted five straight unanswered tallies over the ensuing 16 minutes for a 5-1 advantage with 12:53 to go.

Wood broke the Mustangs scoring drought with a tally off the feed from Waldau at the 10:36 mark, and responded to a Wildcat score with her second of the day to make it a 6-3 game with 7:32 to go.

Werntz gave Cazenovia a 7-3 lead with 6:39 remaining before the half, but the Mustangs rattled off three straight scores to head into the break trailing by one.

In the second half, Morrisville State picked up where they left off and turned on the offensive jets, collecting four straight goals in the opening six minutes, including two from Young, to take the 10-7 lead with 23:48 to go.

Webster cut it to a two goal game for Cazenovia with 19:10 remaining, but Zlinsky rifled the feed from Waldau past Kortz to regain a three goal lead for the Mustangs.

Vrigian again cut the Morrisville State lead to two at the 16:16 mark, but that's as close as the Wildcats would get as Morrisville State rattled off four straight scores en route to the 15-10 win.

Morrisville State held the 37-23 advantage in shots on the day, and edged Cazenovia in the ground ball game 26-23. The Mustangs dominated the draw, 20-8, with Wood collecting nine of those wins.

The Mustangs return to the field Saturday, traveling to Wells College for a conference match-up at 1 p.m. with the Express.

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