MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) registered three first half goals, and added two more in the second for a game total five Saturday afternoon, to lead the host Morrisville State College women's lacrosse team in a 15-6 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) decision over visiting Keuka College on Drake Field in Morrisville.
The win boosts the Mustangs to 6-3 on the season, 3-0 in conference play. Keuka falls to 2-4, 1-2 in NEAC action.
Leva, who also collected an assist, posted three of her tallies on free position opportunities and added six draw control wins, while teammate Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) added four goals and three assists in the win for Morrisville State.
Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) added two goals, while picking up five ground balls and causing five turnovers. The senior also collected seven draws as Morrisville State outgained the visitors 16-7 at the center circle.
Junior goalkeeper Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) turned away a game total nine, including five in the second half, to record the win between the pipes, adding five ground balls on the day.
Six different Wolves registered goals on the day, including Vera Freda who recorded one and assisted two others.
Ally Thayer had 10 saves in the loss in net.
Keuka was first to strike on the day, posting the first goal of the contest at the 26:58 mark in the opening half, but Morrisville State's Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) responded with an unassisted tally to even the contest at one two minutes later.
Leva notched her first free position score of the day at 18:15 to give the hosts the one goal advantage, but Keuka responded with a game tying score four minutes later.
The senior then posted back to back tallies for the Mustangs for a two goal lead, posting an unassisted score at 11:03 before adding her second free position goal two minutes later for the 4-2 advantage.
Anderson and Branca each posted a goal in the closing minutes of the first half, sending the Mustangs into the break with the 6-2 lead.
Keuka was able to pull within two with consecutive scores in the opening minutes of the second, but Leva struck again with two straight to regain the four goal lead for Morrisville State.
Leva added her third free position score at 26:08, before burying the feed from Branca two minutes later for the 8-4 lead.
Freda cut the deficit to four after a Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) score for the hosts, but that's as close as the Wolves would get as Morrisville State dominated the final 20 minutes of the contest with six additional tallies to pull away for the win.
Morrisville State outshot the visitors 39-19, and outgained the Wolves 29-23 in ground balls.
The Mustangs return to the field tomorrow, hosting Wells College at noon on Drake Field in Morrisville, for the second of the weekend's NEAC matchups.
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.