MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Medaille College had no answer for a balanced Morrisville State College attack Friday afternoon, as the hosts rolled to a 18-7 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory.
The win positions the Mustangs in second place overall in conference standings with a 5-1 NEAC record (8-6 overall), while Medaille drops their first conference match to fall to 4-1 in conference play (7-5 overall).
Eight different Morrisville State players contributed to the win, with four registering five points on the day. Hunter Waldau (Central Square, N.Y.) led the way with five goals, while teammates Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.), Ally Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) and Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each added three.
Wood and Zlinsky also added two assists apiece to their tallies, while teammate Kolleen Brown (Willet, N.Y.) registered a collegiate best five-point performance behind two scores and three assists.
Kayla Dorrance (Cazenovia, N.Y.) registered four of the Mustangs 11 total assists.
Goalkeeper Cailin Dunphy (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) collected five saves in the win for the Mustangs, four of which came in the second half of action.
Denay O'Connor and Emily Brophy led the Mavericks in the losing effort, O'Connor posting the hat trick with three tallies, while Brophy added two scores and two assists.
Mia Wagner made 10 stops in the efforts between the pipes, seven in the first half of action as Morrisville State had a full-out offensive blitz on cage, out shooting the visitors 23-5 in the opening frame.
Morrisville State dominated the game from the get-go, scoring just 1:19 into the contest on an unassisted tally by Waldau. Within seconds, Dorrance found Zlinsky on a wide open cut down center to make it a 2-0 ball game, before Wood fed Young cutting around crease for the three goal lead nearly two minutes in.
The Mustangs kept the offensive attack rolling with a second score by Young at the 23:19 mark, before O'Connor finally was able to get the visitors on the board 8:13 in on the pass from Brophy.
That would be the last Medaille scored for the half, however, as Morrisville State went on a 10-0 run for the dominating 14-1 lead at the break.
Three of Morrisville State's scores came within just one minute and 25 seconds of play, as Brown fed Wood on the right for the score, before collecting her own tally of the day off a feed from the top of the arc from Zlinsky 41 ticks later. In less than a minutes time, Cassie Edmondson (Oshawa, Ontario) was off to the races and buried one.
A score by Wood at the 10:11 mark extended the Mustang lead to 8-1, before Morrisville State again caught Medaille off guard and posted three straight tallies in under a minutes time, the first by Young with 8:18 to go, followed by Brown at 8:00 and Wood at 7:20.
Waldau ended the half for the Mustangs with three straight scores.
In the second period, Waldau picked up where she left off, adding a quick tally from Dorrance 52 seconds into the half to increase the lead to 14, one that proved difficult for the visitors to overcome.
Morrisville State held the 31-17 advantage in shots, 23-15 advantage in ground balls and dominated the center draw 19-9. They also forced Medaille to make 21 turnovers, 11 of which were caused by the defensive unit.
The Mustangs return to the field Wednesday, hosting cross town rival SUNYIT at 7 p.m. on Drake Field in NEAC action.
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