MEMPHIS, TN – Juniors Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) and Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) each scored four goals Thursday afternoon to lead the Morrisville State College women's lacrosse team to a 13-4 non-conference decision over Muskingum College at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Morrisville State wraps up their spring break training trip with a 1-1 record, and will return to the field Friday, March 17 as they hit the road at Maritime College.
Muskingum scored the first two goals of the contest before Morrisville State's Branca and Abbott connected to put Morrisville State on the board at the 26:24 mark in the first half. Abbott then went on to add an unassisted tally nearly five minutes later, before Branca added her second score of the game, an unassisted goal at 18:03.
Muskingum tied it at three at 14:09 with a free position score, but that's as close as the game would get as Morrisville State posted three straight to send the game into the half with a 6-3 Mustang lead.
Two of the final three tallies came off the stick of Branca, bot unassisted scores, while Abbott added her second on a free position shot.
In the second half, Morrisville State picked up where it left off, scoring twice within five minutes time, the first at 26:44 as Branca found Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) for the seventh Mustang score. Abbott notched the hat trick nearly two minutes later off the feed from Liz Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.).
Muskingum broke their 20 minute scoring drought at the 24:06 mark to make it a four goal deficit, but the Mustangs offensive game proved too much for their defensive unit as Morrisville State scored the final five of the contest.
Cavellier added a second score at 18:34 before Leva notched her second point of the day with an unassisted tally just over a minute later.
Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.) added one at 11:19 to make it an 11-4 game in favor of the Mustangs, before Abbott struck again at 5:30 with her fourth score of the game.
Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) wrapped up all scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:43 to go.
Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) registered eight saves in the win for the Mustangs in net, turning away 75% of shots faced.
Morrisville State held the 33-26 advantage in ground balls, and won 12-of-19 draw controls. Branca led the Mustangs with eight ground balls, Anderson adding six.
Leva won four draw controls for the Mustangs.
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.