Morrisville State women drop 16-10 decision to Utica; Plunkett leads Pioneers with seven tallies
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Rebecca Plunkett (Kings Park, N.Y.) posted a team high seven goals and added an assist to lead visiting Utica College women's lacrosse to a 16-10 decision over host Morrisville State College Wednesday afternoon in Morrisville.
The loss drops the Mustangs to 7-6 overall, while the Pioneers pick up their ninth win of the season to improve to 9-4.
Four of Plunkett's scores came at the hand of Morgan DuPont (Wynantskill, N.Y.) who posted five total assists on the day, adding two goals. Courtney Wheeler (Ava, N.Y.) registered a hat trick for the Pioneers, netting three, while three additional teammates went on to contribute to the winning effort.
Erin Jacobson (Staten Island, N.Y.) registered 11 stops in the win between the pipes.
Hunter Waldau (Central Square, N.Y.) paced Morrisville State with four scores on the day, all in the second half, as teammate Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) added two goals and assisted another two in the losing effort for the Mustangs.
Sophomore keeper Cailin Dunphy (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) recorded her best performance yet on the season, turning away 15 Utica attempts, including five that were on the doorstep of the crease. Eight of her saves came in the second half of play.
Morrisville State tallied the opening two scores of the day, the first at the 22:48 mark as Wood buried the feed from Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) for the 1-0 advantage. Within minutes, Ally Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) made it a 2-0 ball game with her 22nd goal of the year, connecting on the center pass from Wood.
The tides shifted however, as Plunkett ignited the Utica attack by burying the feed from DuPont on top of the crease at the 17:46 mark, leading to an 8-0 Pioneer run over the ensuing 10 minutes for the 8-2 advantage.
Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa, Ontario) broke the scoring drought for the Mustangs with an unassisted tally at the seven minute mark, but Megan Kane (Staten Island, N.Y.) added another for the Pioneers second before the half to send the visitors into the break with a 9-3 advantage.
In the second half, Plunkett picked up where she left off nearly 1:30 into the period with an unassisted score before DeeAnna Rammelt (Westfield, N.Y.) went the distance for the Mustangs on the ensuing possession to cap of the clear with her first collegiate tally.
Waldau then went to work for the Mustangs, posting her first of four second half scores with an unassisted tally at 22:46 to make it a five goal game, but Utica answered to regain the six goal lead.
Waldau again made it a five goal margin with 17:27 remaining, but that is as close as the Mustangs would get as Wheeler, DuPont, Plunkett and Kane each posted scores in the final 11 minutes to secure the non-conference win for Utica.
Utica edged Morrisville State 46-24 in shots, and won the ground ball battle 31-21, but the key difference in the game was on the draw control, as the Pioneers topped the hosts 16-11, winning nine alone in the first half.
Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, resuming North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action by hosting Medaille College at 4 p.m. on Drake Field.
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