BUFFALO, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College women's lacrosse tallied 20 goals Saturday afternoon as they took down previously undefeated Medaille College by a 20-9 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) final in Buffalo.
The win lifts the Mustangs to 5-3 on the season, 2-0 in NEAC play. Medaille suffers their first loss of the season, falling to 6-1, 0-1 in conference action.
Morrisville State dominated the Mavericks, out shooting the hosts 43-27 on the day, and held the 19-12 advantage in the center circle with nine wins by senior Liz Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.).
For a second time in as many days, freshman Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) led Morrisville State with five goals, adding six ground balls to her tallies, while teammate Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) added four scores and an assist. Cavellier also picked up six ground balls.
Alexis Firkins (Brockport, N.Y.) collected a hat trick behind her three scores, as teammate Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) had a nine point outing, notching one goal and adding eight assists.
Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) made 12 stops, including seven in the second half, to earn the win in net for the Mustangs.
Morrisville State posted the first six goals of the game over the opening 12 minutes of the contest, before Medaille was able to put one on the scoreboard at the 18:02 mark.
After another Medaille score in the 15th minute, the Mustangs rallied for five straight to carry a 11-3 lead into the break.
Medaille rallied to cut the deficit to five over the course of six minutes early on in the second half, but Morrisville State's offensive unit wouldn't let them pull any closer as the visitors rifled eight additional scores into the net over the remainder of the contest to collect the 20-9 win.
Morrisville State won the ground ball battle, in part due to the defensive play of Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) who picked up a team high 10 ground balls, also causing seven turnovers and winning five draws. Anderson also added two goals to the win.
Amanda Ruszczyk led the Maverick efforts, posting four goals, three of which came on free position opportunities.
Marlena Clotfelter registered the loss, turning away 10.
The Mustangs return to the field next Saturday, hosting rival Keuka College at 1 p.m. on Drake Field on the Morrisville State 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.