Morrisville State, SUNY Poly to Battle for NEAC Women's Lacrosse Championship

Morrisville State, SUNY Poly to Battle for NEAC Women's Lacrosse Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Morrisville State and SUNY Poly emerged victorious in Saturday’s semifinal games to advance to the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Lacrosse Championship game on Sunday. The semifinal and final round of the tournament is hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Morrisville State.

Sunday’s game time is set for 1 p.m. with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

Semifinals

Game 1: No. 4 Cazenovia College 4, No. 1 Morrisville State 22

Boxscore

Morrisville State scored 14 unanswered goals to close out the first half and post a dominating 17-2 lead at the halfway point of Saturday’s first semifinal contest. The Mustangs opened the second half with an unassisted goal by Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) before Cazenovia College scored the next two. Morrisville State closed out the game with four straight goals to put the host team in Sunday’s championship game. Mustangs’ sophomore midfielder Melissa Lucciola (Monroe, N.Y.) led all players with six goals and eight points. Junior Chelsea McNeal (Ithaca, N.Y.) added three goals and four assists while freshman Grace Hanehan (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) contributed five goals in the win. NEAC Offensive Player of the Year Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) finished the day with two caused turnovers and a game-high eight draw controls for the Mustangs. The Wildcats were led by Geena Terrance (Hogansburg, N.Y.) with three goals, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Cazenovia wraps up its season at 9-7 overall while Morrisville State heads into Sunday’s game at 13-5.

Game 2: No. 3 SUNY Poly 21, No. 2 Keuka College 16

Boxscore

A back-and-forth first half saw SUNY Poly take a 12-8 lead into halftime with junior midfielder Kayla Prosinski (Endwell, N.Y.) powering the offense with a hat trick and an assist in the first 30 minutes. The two teams continued to trade blows throughout the second half but a four-goal run early in the half helped the Wildcats create some distance from the Wolves to eventually secure the win. Prosinski led all players with five goals, four assists and 12 draw controls on the day. SUNY Poly sophomore Emily Somes (Elbridge, N.Y.) also recorded five goals, one assist, five draw controls and two caused turnovers in the win. Keuka College was led by Kendall Neuberger (Penn Yan, N.Y.) with three goals and two assists while rookie midfielder Sydney Bloom (Penn Yan, N.Y.) recorded four goals and five ground balls. Elizabeth Sherman (Auburn, N.Y.) also ended the day with a team-high 10 draw controls and three caused turnovers for the Wolves. SUNY Poly goalie Alycia Lugo (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) made 15 saves to earn her 11th win of the year. The Wildcats improve to 12-6 on the year and advance to their first NEAC Final since 2016. Keuka College closed out the season with a 14-2 overall record.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.