Morrisville State women cruise in regular season finale, down Chargers 22-8

Morrisville State women cruise in regular season finale, down Chargers 22-8

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College women's lacrosse cruised to a 22-8 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory Friday afternoon as nine different players registered goals in the regular season finale held on Drake Field in Morrisville.

With the win, Morrisville State (11-5) improves to 8-1 in conference play, and will await NEAC Tournament seeding as announced over the weekend.

Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) paved the way for the Mustangs with her team high nine points behind five goals and four assists, while teammate Jill Hughes (Brookfield, N.Y.) added a collegiate best five scores in the win.

Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) posted four, assisting one, while Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) and Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) each added two.

Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.), Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Schlake (Nampa, ID) each had two points on a goal and an assist, with Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.) recording a goal.

Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) recorded the win in net, making 12 stops, six in each half of play.

Morrisville State opened fast and furious on senior day, notching the opening seven goals within eight minutes before Lancaster Bible was able to get one on the board.

Hughes posted the first tally of the day with a drive down the center of the arc just 1:30 into the contest, before McNeal added another just over a minute later as she crossed the crease untouched.

Branca hit Cavellier with the quick stick for back-to-back tallies, with McNeal adding her second 18 seconds after Cavellier's second tally with the feed from Anderson. Branca then notched two of her own with rolls of the crease, shaking the defense, giving Morrisville State the 7-0 lead less than nine minutes in.

Morrisville State rolled to a 14-3 advantage at the break, and picked up where they left off in the second, earning the conference win.

The Mustangs outgained the Chargers 22-19 in ground balls, with Cavellier collecting a team high six. Leva won eight draws for the hosts, who were edged 18-14 in the center circle.

Prior to the contest, Morrisville State honored seniors Brianna DelColle, Jordan Anderson and Elizabeth Leva.

Tournament seeding will be announced once released by the conference office.

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