Morrisville State women cruise to 20-3 win over Maritime

Morrisville State women cruise to 20-3 win over Maritime

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – Seven different players posted scores Friday afternoon as visiting Morrisville State College women's lacrosse cruised to a 20-3 non-conference win over host Maritime College in Throggs Neck.

The victory is the second straight for the Mustangs, who improve their overall record to 2-1.

Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) led Morrisville State with five goals, while teammate Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) contributed four, also dishing out three assists.

Lexi Firkins (Brockport, N.Y.) notched her first collegiate hat trick, scoring three times, while junior Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.) registered two goals, to go along with three assists.

Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.), Jillian Hughes (Brookfield, N.Y.) and Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang scoring with two goals each; Abbott adding two assists for four points on the day.

Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) posted the win in net, turning away two in each period for a game total four saves on the day.

Morrisville State, who led the 28-7 advantage in shots across the contest, rolled to a 14-3 lead at the break, opening with four straight in the first two minutes of the contest to set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Cavellier opened scoring for the Mustangs just 14 seconds into the contest, winning the opening draw, before DelColle added to the total just over a minute later off a feed from Branca.

Abbott posted her first tally at the 27:55 mark, before finding Cavellier a second time a mere nine seconds later for the 4-0 Morrisville State lead.

After a Maritime score at 26:05, Morrisville State went on an offensive scoring frenzy, netting four goals in less than a minute's time; the first at 25:26 off the stick of Branca.

McNeal added her first collegiate tally 19 seconds later off the pass from Hughes, before Branca collected her eighth of the year at 24:50. Abbott struck quick again for the Mustangs, netting the tally off a feed from DelColle just nine seconds later.

Morrisville State went on to add six additional scores to close out the half, claiming the 14-3 lead at the break, before resuming action right where they left off in the opening minute of the second with a third score by DelColle at 29:08.

Firkins and Hughes accounted for the remainder of the scoring for the visitors, posting the final five tallies of the game as Morrisville State picked up the road win.

Morrisville State won the ground ball battle, 26-15, and held the 13-11 advantage in draw controls. Anderson paved the way for the Mustangs with six ground balls, also causing two turnovers, while collecting three draws. Cavellier added four ground balls and draw controls to the win, while Firkins posted a team high three caused turnovers to go along with three pick ups on the ground.

The Mustangs return to action next Wednesday, traveling to SUNY Potsdam for a 4 p.m. start.

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