Morrisville State women enter NEAC Tournament as second seed; meet Medaille in semifinals Saturday

Morrisville State women enter NEAC Tournament as second seed; meet Medaille in semifinals Saturday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office released its 2017 Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament pairings, selecting Morrisville State College (8-1) as its second seed in the five team tournament.

Penn St. Abington (8-1) claimed the top seed and regular season title, having defeated the Mustangs 16-12 on April 23.

Medaille College (6-3) claimed the third overall seed, Cazenovia (5-4) and Keuka College (5-4) round out the tournament selections, earning the fourth and fifth seeds, respectively.

Cazenovia and Keuka will square off in the first round of the tournament Tuesday afternoon, at 4 p.m. on the Cazenovia College campus. The winner will meet Abington on Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the first semifinal on Memorial Field in Abington.

Morrisville State and Medaille will face-off in the second semifinal on Saturday, slated to begin at 2 p.m. in Abington.

In April 1st meeting between the two teams, Morrisville State dominated from the get-go and collected the 20-9 conference win behind a solid team effort.

Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) combined for nine scores for the Mustangs, as Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) controlled the center circle with nine draw wins.

Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) posted a season high eight assists, while Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) collected a team best 10 ground balls and caused seven turnovers.

Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) had a 12 save outing between the pipes to secure the victory.

The winners of both semifinal games will advance to the NEAC Championship game set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 in Abington with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Live stats will be available for the contest at

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