MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's lacrosse team secured a post-season bid to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Tournament Saturday, collecting a 12-4 conference win over visiting Bryn Athyn College on the Drake Field in Morrisville.
The Mustangs (10-7) improve to 8-1 in conference action with the win and will await tournament seeding as announced by the NEAC office this weekend.
Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) collected four goals to lead all scoring on the day, adding an assist to her tallies, while fellow teammate Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) notched three scores to go along with her two assists.
Senior Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) turned aside six in the victory between the pipes for the hosts.
Morrisville State edged the Lions in the ground ball game, 32-26, and dominated the center circle with a 13-5 margin in draw controls.
Cavellier collected nine draw control wins, while McNeal and Branca each picked up a team high five ground balls. Branca also added four caused turnovers to her tallies on the day.
Morrisville State opened the contest with their first tally of the afternoon a mere 30 seconds in as Hughes put the feed from Cavellier past Bryn Athyn goalkeeper Anja Weisser, for a 1-0 host lead.
Bryn Athyn held the Mustangs scoreless until the 18:06 mark when Santini intercepted a clear attempt and collected the unassisted goal for her 15th of the season.
Branca posted back-to-back tallies for the Mustangs for a 4-1 lead, before Abbott added a second free position score for the hosts at the 9:40 mark for a four goal advantage.
After a free position score by Bri Lennox at the 6:07 mark for the visitors, Morrisville State rattled off four straight to close out the half, three off the stick of Cavellier, who gave the Mustangs the 9-2 lead after the opening period.
Morrisville State posted three straight in the opening 11 minutes of the second half, increasing their margin to 10, before the Lions added two of their own in a late half rally attempt down the stretch.
Weisser recorded 16 stops in the loss, 10 in the second half.
Prior to the opening draw, Morrisville State honored its senior class of Branca, Abbott, George, Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.), Nicole Greiner (Elba, N.Y.), Kennedy Cox (Blythe, Calif.) and Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.).
Additional information will be announced once released from the NEAC office for upcoming tournament action.
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.