Morrisville State College Tops Medaille College to Win Second-Straight NEAC Women's Lacrosse Crown

Morrisville State College Tops Medaille College to Win Second-Straight NEAC Women's Lacrosse Crown

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Morrisville State College became back-to-back champions for the first time in program history as the Mustangs defeated Medaille College, 21-10, in the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Lacrosse Final on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s victory gave the Mustangs their third title in the last four years and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. Morrisville State will await its next matchup which will be announced on the NCAA Selection Show later tonight at 10 p.m., which can be viewed at NCAA.com.

Boxscore

Four consecutive Morrisville State goals in a four-minute span proved to be the difference maker in the first half as the Mustangs took a 9-5 lead into halftime. Morrisville State opened the second half with back-to-back goals from Jillian Hughes (Brookfield, N.Y.) and Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) before Macayla Barry (Hamburg, N.Y.) scored Medaille’s sixth goal of the afternoon. The Mustangs tallied the next three but the Mavericks responded with a three-goal run of their own to make it a 14-9 game in favor of Morrisville State with 17:06 left in the game. That’s when the Mustangs’ offense broke it open, rattling off seven goals to stretch the lead to 21-9. With the game all but decided, Medaille’s Sarah Espe (Johnson City, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring with six seconds remaining on the clock.

Morrisville State midfielder Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) recorded a game-high six goals and eight points to earn Tournament Most Valuable Player honors with 14 points on the weekend. Branca added four goals, one assist, three ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers for the Mustangs. Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) also enjoyed a nice game with two goals, one assist, eight ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers in the win. Medaille’s offense was led by Barry with two goals, one assist and three ground balls. Espe and Claire Purdy (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece while Thelma Outlaw (Middletown, N.Y.) finished the day with one goal, three ground balls, seven draws and four caused turnovers.

Marissa Woodward (Unadilla, N.Y.) made nine saves for the Mustangs to earn her 10th win of the year. Deejah Burgess (Milton, Ontario) recorded 11 stops in the Mavericks’ loss.

Morrisville State readies for the NCAA Tournament with a 12-7 overall record. Medaille College drops to 14-4 as its outstanding 2018 run comes to a close.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.