MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's lacrosse team went on a 7-1 run over the final 10 minutes of the opening half to break away from a persistent SUNY Polytechnic squad, before netting the 22-8 final decision in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play Saturday afternoon on Drake Field in Morrisville.
The win boosts the Mustangs to 6-1 within conference play as they make a final push towards post-season play, and 8-7 overall on the year. SUNY Poly falls to 4-7, 2-5 in the NEAC.
Five Morrisville State players posted hat tricks, including Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) who led all scorers with nine points, netting six goals and adding three assists, while teammate Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) added four, dishing out one assist.
Morrisville State outgained the Wildcats 25-13 in ground balls, with Cavellier picking up a team high five, also adding five draw controls.
The hosts struck first with an unassisted tally by Branca, before battling back and forth until the 13:52 mark, when Poly netted two straight to claim a one goal advantage, 4-3, over the Mustangs.
Morrisville State's Abbott evened the score at four with the sidearm shot, but Poly regained the slim lead with a tally from Mari Ames less than a minute later on the back door to net.
The Mustangs then rallied for six straight goals, including two as they were man down from Branca, and two more from Santini to open the contest to a 10-5 host lead.
Poly cut the lead to four, but Morrisville State added a final tally with 2:19 to go in the half to carry the 11-6 lead into the break.
Morrisville State opened the second half with five consecutive scores, before Poly broke up the Mustangs offensive game with one of their own. The Mustangs, though, proved too much for the visitor's defense as they added six more to collect the 22-8 victory.
Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, hosting Penn State Abington at 4 p.m.
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 www.morrisville.edu.