MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's lacrosse team remained in the hunt for the regular season North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) title Friday afternoon, handing visiting SUNY Polytechnic their first conference loss of the season with a 10-9 defeat on Drake Field in Morrisville.
With the win, Morrisville State pulls their overall record even to 8-8, 7-1 in NEAC play. SUNY Poly drops to 10-3, 7-1 in NEAC action.
A trio of Mustangs posted two scores each to lead Morrisville State, including Jenna Harris (Owego, N.Y.), DeeAnna Rammelt (Westfield, N.Y.) and Angela Marriott (Peekskill, N.Y.), as four additional teammates contributed to the victory with scores on the day.
Cailin Dunphy (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) posted the win between the pipes, saving a total five.
It was a back and forth battle for most of the first half, until a three goal mini-run by the Wildcats gave them a 5-3 lead with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period. With seconds to spare, Marriott posted her first of the day on a free position shot, firing the ball into the upper right corner just under the crossbar with 7.7 seconds to go, sending the Mustangs into the break trailing 5-4.
SUNY Poly opened the second with two straight tallies by Meghan Serota to regain a three goal lead, but Morrisville's Harris posted a free position tally at the 25:04 mark to break up the Wildcat momentum and make it a two goal game.
Mariana Ames regained a three goal lead for the visitors on a free position opportunity for Poly, but Harris struck again minutes later, with her second free position goal of the afternoon.
Harris' goal sparked the Morrisville State's offensive unit who then rattled off three straight, including a free position tally from defender Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) after forcing a Poly turnover to tie the game at eight.
Morrisville State took their first lead since the 15:11 mark in the first half, with 14:50 to go as Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) fed Rammelt in the center of the 8-meter for the go ahead score, 9-8.
Just over a minute later, Ames posted her fourth of the game to even the contest at nine.
Morrisville State's Kate Augustine (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) caused a crucial Wildcat turnover with less than five minutes to go, intercepting a pass to gain possession for the Mustangs.
On the ensuing Morrisville State offensive possession, an overthrown ball found play in the midfield, and after a ground ball battle, junior Ashley Williams (Deer Park, N.Y.) emerged with the ground ball and dished the ball to Jackie O'Sullivan (Cazenovia, N.Y.).
O'Sullivan then dodged two defenders and found an opening in the 8-meter where she rifled the ball past SUNY Poly keeper Megan Will for the 10-9 Mustang lead with 3:25 to go in the contest.
After losing the ball after the draw, SUNY Poly regained possession with under a minute to play in the contest, and had two chances to tie the contest, but the Mustangs defensive unit came up huge to secure the win for the hosts.
Krysta Beha attempted a feed into the 8-meter to Ames, but Dunphy anticipated the pass and intercepted the ball for the Wildcat turnover.
SUNY Poly forced the Mustangs to turnover the ball on the clear attempt to have one last attempt to tie the contest, but again, they couldn't break through the Morrisville State defense as Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) forced Ames to turn the ball over on the doorstop of the crease. George cleared the ball, securing the upset win for the Mustangs.
Morrisville State held the 27-16 advantage in shots, and edged Poly in the ground ball battle, 29-22, including six ground ball pick ups by Liz Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.).
Leva also collected eight draw control wins, helping the Mustangs edge the Wildcats 13-8 from the center line.
Morrisville State returns to the field tomorrow, hosting Medaille College in their home finale and in a benefit game for Veterans. Opening draw will be at 1 p.m. on Drake Field on the Mustangs campus.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.