#2 Morrisville State women to play for NEAC Title, drop #3 Medaille, 24-14

#2 Morrisville State women to play for NEAC Title, drop #3 Medaille, 24-14

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Second seeded Morrisville State College women's lacrosse advanced to the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Title game, knocking off third seeded Medaille College by a 24-14 final Saturday afternoon in Abington.

Morrisville State (12-5) will take on fourth seeded Cazenovia College for the tournament title and conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Cazenovia upset top seeded Penn St. Abington 9-8 to advance. The title game is set to get underway at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Abington.

The Mustangs had nine contribute to their semifinal victory, including leader Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) who poured in a team high seven goals while adding two assists.

Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) added six scores and an assist for seven points, while teammate Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) collected the hat trick with three goals, also contributing a team high four assists for the seven point outing.

Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) also netted three, while teammates Brianna DelColle (Huntington, N.Y.), Janet Hanehan (Schuylerville, N.Y.), Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.), Alexis Firkins (Brockport, N.Y.) and Kennedy Cox (Blythe, Calif.) each added one in the win.

Kallie George (Tully, N.Y.) registered 11 saves in the win, including seven stops that came in the second half.

Morrisville State dominated offensively, outshooting Medaille 45-28 on the day, including a 30-10 first half onslaught. They also outgained the Mavericks 26-16 in the ground ball battle, as DelColle paced the Mustangs with a team high four pick-ups.

Leva dominated the center draw, winning 14, as Morrisville State edged Medaille 21-19.

Morrisville State opened with a quick two goal lead, netting two scores in the first minute of the contest as Branca posted the first strike a mere 22 seconds in.

Leva added another 35 seconds later, setting the tempo of the game, before Branca added a second at the 3:37 mark for the 3-0 Mustang lead.

A score by Anderson at 6:26 made it 4-0 before Medaille posted back to back tallies to get on the board and cut the deficit to two, but the Mustangs offense rattled off three straight within two minutes time to widen the gap to five.

Morrisville State went on to score seven additional rallies before the halftime period, opening the contest to a 14-6 lead in favor of the second seed.

Medaille was able to pull within six 11 minutes into the start of the second half, but that's as close as they would get as Morrisville State used a 7-2 run with two Branca tallies to widen the lead to 11 down the stretch.

Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow in Abington. Live stats and video will be available for the contest at www.morrisvillestateathletics.com.

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 www.morrisville.edu.