Morrisville State women cage Wildcats early as they cruise to 20-5 win  

Morrisville State women cage Wildcats early as they cruise to 20-5 win  


MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's lacrosse team rattled off five goals over the course of the opening six minutes of the contest Wednesday afternoon, putting visiting Cazenovia College away early in the opening half, collecting an eventual 20-5 win on Drake Field in Morrisville.

The Mustangs pull their overall record even at 7-7, improving to 5-1 within conference play. Cazenovia drops to 2-9, 1-5 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action.

Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) led all scorers on the day with five goals, all in the first half of action, and assisting another, including her 100th in the Mustang uniform in the opening half.

Fellow senior, Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) added a seven point effort behind her four scores and three assists, while Makenzi Santini (Fairport, N.Y.) collected four tallies, also assisting one.

Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) added three goals to go along with an assist, while Jillian Hughes (Brookfield, N.Y.) and Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.) each posted two goals. Hughes contributed three assists to her scoring effort on the afternoon.

Morrisville State held the 35-11 advantage in shots in the contest, also edging the Wildcats 19-17 in the ground ball battle with Kennedy Cox (Blythe, Calif.) collecting three alongside Branca and Cavellier.

The Mustangs dominated the draw, 17-9, with Branca and Cavellier collecting combined 15 on the center circle.

Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) posted the win in net, making three stops to improve her record to 7-2 between the pipes.

Morrisville State got on the board early with a free position score from Abbott just over a minute and a half into the contest, before rattling off four more over a span of 54 seconds, all off four different sticks including Abbott, Branca, Hughes and Santini.

The Mustangs held the 5-0 advantage before the visitors were able to post one on the board, but the hosts quickly responded with another spurt that included nine additional tallies to break open the contest to a 13 goal lead.

Morrisville State closed out the half with three additional scores, carrying the 17-2 advantage into the halftime break.

In the second, Cazenovia posted the opening two tallies, but Morrisville State added three down the stretch to broaden the gap and put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.

The win kicked off a four game home stretch for the Mustangs as they close out the regular season on their home field, returning to Drake Saturday as they host SUNY Polytechnic at 12 p.m. in Morrisville.

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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit