Morrisville State women run past Hilbert, 21-5, in NEAC opener

Morrisville State women run past Hilbert, 21-5, in NEAC opener

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Nine different Morrisville State women's lacrosse player's notched goals Friday afternoon as the Mustangs stormed past visiting Hilbert College by a 21-5 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory on Drake Field in Morrisville.

The win is the first for the Mustangs in conference action on the season, lifting their record to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in NEAC play. Hilbert drops to 0-3, 0-1 in conference action.

Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) led all scorers with six tallies on the afternoon, three in each half of action as she added three ground balls and two draw controls to her tallies.

Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) had an eight point outing for Morrisville State, posting four goals and assisting another four. Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) added four goals as well, collecting a team high six ground balls and four caused turnovers.

 Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) collected the win between the pipes, saving four, picking up three ground balls across the day's action.

Morrisville State opened the contest with a goal just 30 seconds in, as senior Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) rifled the feed from the left wing past Hilbert goalkeeper Ashley Repine for the early 1-0 lead.

Within minutes, the Mustangs added a second goal, taking the 2-0 lead off the unassisted tally by Cavellier, before Hilbert was able to get back in the game with two of their own within a 20 second timespan.

Morrisville State, however, would post the next nine goals to claim the 11-2 halftime lead, and proceeded to put the game out of reach for the visitors with the first two tallies of the second half.

Emily Gawlak added three scores for Hilbert in the second half of play, but it wasn't enough as Morrisville State's offensive unit outgained the Hawks 10-3 in the final 30.

Repine finished with nine saves for Hilbert, who was outshot 42-10 on the afternoon.

Morrisville State outgained the visitors 30-16 in ground balls, while edging the Hawks 16-12 in the center circle on the draw.

The Mustangs return to the field tomorrow, traveling to Medaille College (6-0) for a 2 p.m. NEAC match in Buffalo. 

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.

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