MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Wells College was able to keep pace with the Mustangs for a majority of the first half, but a six goal spurt in the closing four minutes of the opening period buried the Express beyond recovery as Morrisville State women's lacrosse cruised to a 21-7 win on Drake Field in Morrisville Sunday afternoon.
The win is the fourth straight for the Mustangs within North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action, as they improve to 4-0 in the NEAC, and 7-3 overall.
Wells drops to 1-7, 0-3 in conference play.
Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) registered seven points in the win for Morrisville State behind four goals and three assists, while teammate's Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) and Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) contributed six and five scores, respectfully.
Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) improved her record in net to 7-3 with the win, making four stops across the afternoon's action.
Both teams were able to take advantage of free position opportunities in the first 17 minutes of the contest, netting a combined 5-of-7 goals on shots from the 8-meter.
Morrisville State, who had four of those scores, held a 5-1 lead after back-to-back free position goals by Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) but Wells rallied for three straight, including two from leading scorer Mackenzie Maloney, to cut the deficit to just one with nearly 11 minutes remaining in the half.
Cavellier gave the Mustangs a two goal cushion with 6:04 showing on the clock, but Maloney again added another score for the Express to cut the lead to one with just under five remaining.
Abbott rifled her third free position score into the back of the net with just under four to go, igniting a Mustang offense that fired off five additional tallies before the end of the half.
Cavellier scored two straight, before Branca and Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) combined for the final three of the half, all within 40 seconds time, to give the Mustangs the 12-5 lead at the break.
In the second, Morrisville State picked up right where they left off and scored six additional goals for a convincing 18-5 lead, before closing out the contest with the final three tallies to capture the 21-7 win.
The Mustangs dominated the draw under the leadership of senior captain Leva who collected 12 wins alone in the 22-6 final tally and edged the Express in the ground ball game, 20-13.
Morrisville State finished the contest 8-for-11 in free position shots.
Maloney led Wells with five goals and an assist, while Anna Bozeat posted the loss with 14 saves.
Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, traveling to SUNY Poly for a 1 p.m. faceoff.
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.