Morrisville State uses strong second half to hand SUNY Poly 22-9 NEAC defeat

Morrisville State uses strong second half to hand SUNY Poly 22-9 NEAC defeat

MARCY, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College scored 15 of the final 16 goals of the day to hand host SUNY Polytechnic the 22-9 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss Saturday afternoon in Marcy.

The win boosts the Mustangs to 8-3 overall on the season as they collect their fifth straight NEAC win to improve to 5-0. Poly drops to 6-4, 3-3 in NEAC action.

Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) led the balanced and potent Morrisville State attack with a 10-point game, netting five goals and assisting another five, while teammate Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) added four goals and two assists.

Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) also posted four goals along with teammate Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.), adding an assist, while teammate Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) collected the hat trick with her three tallies.

Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.) and Jillian Hughes (Brookfield, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang scoring with one each.

Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) made seven saves in the win in net, including four in the second half.

Both teams battled back and forth throughout a majority of the first half, the Mustangs answering each Wildcat score with one of their own until a free position goal by Leva with 8:29 to go ignited a five goal burst by Morrisville State to send the game into the halftime period with a 12-8 visitor lead.

Abbott posted an unassisted tally to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game after an early score by Branca in the opening minute of the contest, before Branca posted her fourth of the half 35 seconds later.

Branca and Abbott connected just inside four minutes for another Mustang tally before Leva wrapped up all scoring of the first half with the unassisted tally at the 2:35 mark.

In the second, Morrisville State picked up where they left off with three straight scores to lead 15-8 before Wildcat leading scorer Krysta Beha posted an unassisted tally for the hosts, breaking a near 20 minute scoring drought for Poly.

Morrisville State though, rattled off seven straight, including two within a minute's time, to break open a lead that proved difficult for the reigning NEAC champions to overcome.

The Mustangs held the 43-18 advantage in shots on the day, and won the ground ball battle 29-18 as Cavellier picked up a team high five while causing three turnovers.

Morrisville State returns to the field Wednesday, traveling to Route 20 Rival Cazenovia (5-5, 3-2 NEAC) in a 4 p.m. conference battle.

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