Zlinsky powers Morrisville State women past Wells with collegiate best 10 point game
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Ally Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) registered a collegiate best 10 point performance Saturday evening behind a six goal, four assist performance, leading Morrisville State College's women's lacrosse team to a dominating 20-1 victory over visiting Wells College in Morrisville.
The win is the second straight for the women on the week, and lifts them to 5-3 overall, while they boost their North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) record to 2-0.
Zlinsky had a break out performance for the Mustangs as she scored six times on eight shots, added four ground balls, three draw controls and four caused turnovers to her tallies on the day.
Seven additional teammates contributed scoring in the winning effort, including Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) who notched four tallies and assisted one, and Kayla Dorrance (Cazenovia, N.Y.) who scored twice and dished out three assists.
Hunter Waldau (Central Square, N.Y.) added a hat-trick, while Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) posted two goals and two assists. Paige Biviano (Cazenovia, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist, as teammates Gabby Staffo (Victor, N.Y.) and Kolleen Brown (Willet, N.Y.) each netted one.
Wells lone goal came on the quick stick tally by Marina Fargnoli (Apalachin, N.Y.) in the second half off a feed from behind the cage by Alaina Kelahan (New Woodstock, N.Y.).
Brooke Spanbauer (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) registered six saves in the loss in net for the Express who drop to 0-4 overall, 0-1 in conference play. Spanbauer appeared for the first half before being relieved by Chelsea Dann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) for the second half, who made three stops.
Morrisville State dominated the contest from the get-go, registering the first score in the opening three minutes on a free position tally by Wood. Within seconds, it became a 3-0 lead as Dorrance used two stick fakes on the crease to beat Spanbauer for two straight scores, 13 seconds apart.
Back-to-back tallies by Young and Wood extended the lead to 5-0 in just eight minutes of play, before the Mustangs exploded for five more over a four minute span for the dominating 10-0 lead with 14:26 to go.
The third of the spurt came from Zlinsky who went on to rifle three more past Spanbauer for the 15-0 Morrisville State lead at the half.
The Mustangs held the 27-4 advantage in shots at the break and controlled the play on the ground, winning 19 ground balls to Wells five.
In the second, Morrisville State posted two straight to go up 17-0 before Wells was able to get on the board on the quick stick shot from about three yards out on the right side of the crease past Mack.
The Mustangs scored three more, capturing the conference win by a 20-1 final.
Morrisville State's defensive unit allowed Wells just two looks in the second half on net, while extending their own to 39 total for the game, as the Mustangs racked up a 34-17 advantage come game end in the ground ball battle. Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa, Ontario) led Morrisville State with nine ground balls on the day, while Wood posted five caused turnovers in the midfield for the Mustangs.
Morrisville State returns to the field tomorrow, traveling to Penn Yan Academy to meet rival Keuka College (5-2, 1-0 NEAC) at noon in a clash of the titans in the NEAC.
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