MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – A trio of Mustangs combined for 19 of the team's total 23 scores Wednesday night, as host Morrisville State College women's lacrosse cruised to a 23-7 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory over visiting SUNYIT in Morrisville.
The win lifts the Mustangs to 9-6 overall, 6-1 in conference action, while the Wildcats drop their fifth straight to fall to 5-5 overall, 4-3 in NEAC play.
Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) led the Morrisville State efforts with a 10 point performance, netting seven goals and three assists, while teammates Ally Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) and Hunter Waldau (Central Square, N.Y.) each added six scores apiece. Zlinsky also registered an assist.
Freshman Kayla Dorrance (Cazenovia, N.Y.) registered a team high four assists, and on her first of the day, broke the single season record mark in Morrisville State history, topping the record books with 35 assists on the season come game end.
Cailin Dunphy (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) was the victor between the pipes for the Mustangs, recording seven saves.
Nicole DiPiazza (Colonie, N.Y.) scored three to lead the SUNYIT efforts, while teammate Jenna Lashua (Heuvelton, N.Y.) added two.
Cassidy Thompson (Weedsport, N.Y.) turned away 10 between the pipes, recording the loss, including eight in the first half of play.
Morrisville State posted the first score of the day just 34 seconds into the opening frame on a free position tally by Waldau, before Laura Tolbert (Clay, N.Y.) responded with a free position score of her own 40 seconds later to even the contest at 1.
That's as close as the visitors would get though, as Morrisville State rattled off six straight, including two within a span of 27 seconds.
DiPiazza broke the scoring drought for the Wildcats at the 18:13 mark with SUNYIT's second free position tally of the night, but again the Mustangs were off to the races, posting five straight goals to break the game open by a 12-2 margin.
Lashua added two consecutive scores before the end of the half for the visitors, making it a 12-4 game at the break.
In the second, SUNYIT hung with the Mustangs in the opening 12 minutes, but the quick feet and sticks of Zlinsky and Waldau proved to be too much for the Wildcat defenders as they accounted for seven of Morrisville State's eight scores down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
Morrisville State out shot SUNYIT 37-18 and edged the Wildcats in ground balls 24-20. They were also victorious by a 20-12 margin in draws on the night.
Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, traveling to Lancaster Bible for a 4 p.m. NEAC contest, before wrapping up the regular season schedule on Saturday at Wilson.
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