Morrisville State College, Medaille College Advance to NEAC Women's Lacrosse Final

Morrisville State College, Medaille College Advance to NEAC Women's Lacrosse Final

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The top two seeds in this year’s tournament will face-off Sunday in the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Lacrosse Championship game as Morrisville State College and Medaille College won their respective semifinals contests on Saturday. The semifinal and final round of the tournament is hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Morrisville State College.

Sunday’s game time is set for 1 p.m. with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

Semifinals

Game 1: No. 4 Bryn Athyn College 6, No. 1 Morrisville State College 20

Boxscore

A one-sided first half put Morrisville State College firmly in control as the Mustangs held a 14-2 advantage at halftime and went on to an eventual 20-6 victory over Bryn Athyn College in Saturday’s first semifinal game. NEAC Offensive Player of the Year Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) continued her strong play for the Mustangs, leading all players with five goals, three assists, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Celia Abbott (Shortsville, N.Y.) also had a nice game for Morrisville State with three goals, three assists and three ground balls while midfielder Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) finished the day with three goals, one assist, four ground balls, 11 draw controls and two caused turnovers. Bryn Athyn’s offense was led by Sabrina Coldbridge (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) with a hat trick and one assist while Laura Clymer (Willow Grove, Pa.) chipped in two goals for the Lions. Marissa Woodward (Unadilla, N.Y.) was the winning goalie with five saves for the Mustangs. Lions’ goalie Anja Weisser (McKees Rocks, Pa.) stopped eight shots in the loss. Morrisville State College improves to 11-7 with the win while Bryn Athyn College ends its historic season at 11-7.

Game 2: No. 3 Keuka College 7, No. 2 Medaille College 15

Boxscore

A closely-contested first half ended with a three-goal run by Medaille College as the Mavericks led Keuka College, 5-3, after 30 minutes of action. The Mavericks carried that momentum into the second half, rattling off five-straight tallies to extend their lead to 9-3. The Wolves kept fighting back but after every goal the Mavericks would answer right back en route to a 15-7 win. Medaille’s Emma Campagna (Clarence, N.Y.) and Macayla Barry (Hamburg, N.Y.) each recorded three goals and two assists while Barry added five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Claire Purdy (West Seneca, N.Y.) added a hat trick for the Mavericks and Sarah Espe (Johnson City, N.Y.) posted three goals, one assists, seven draw controls and two caused turnovers in the win. Keuka College was led by Brenna Voigt (Penn Yan, N.Y.) with two goals and an assist while Kendall Neuberger (Penn Yan, N.Y.) scored three times. Deejah Burgess (Milton, Ontario) made 10 saves to pick up the win for Medaille. Janelle Thomas (Corning, N.Y.) took the loss for Keuka College, allowing 10 goals and recorded nine saves before being replaced by Ally Thayer (Rome, N.Y.) in the second half. Medaille College advances to the NEAC Championship game with a 14-3 overall record. Keuka College ends the 2018 season at 13-2 with both of its loss coming at the hands of the Mavericks.

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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.