MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – After being shut out in their opener at #5 William Smith, the Mustang field hockey team rebounded well offensively scoring 5 goals, but it was not enough as they fell to Castleton on the road 8-5.
Castleton got on the board early against the Mustangs, finding the back of the cage just under four minutes into the game. Castleton picked up another just seven minutes later.
Morrisville cut the lead in half when Allyson Flurer (Kunkletown, Pa.) picked up an unassisted goal in the 19th minute of play.
The Spartans rebounded quickly, extending their lead to 3-1 just over a minute later. However, junior Lauren Kellum (Morrisville, N.Y.) got the Mustangs within striking distance in the 23rd minute of play, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Spartans. Freshman Giovanna Lisi (Marathon, N.Y.) evened up the score five minutes later with her first collegiate goal. Nicole Griener (Eden, N.Y.) assisted on the play.
The score remained knotted at 3 goals apiece for the first ten minutes of the second half until the Spartans scored four goals in the next twenty minutes of play.
The Mustangs, who started four freshmen and played three more throughout the game showed their resilience when they scored twice in the last five minutes of action. Both goals were scored by Lisi with the first of which was assisted by fellow freshman, Emily Hunt (Harpursville, N.Y.), while the second was assisted by Kellum.
Unfortunately the last minute stand was not enough as Castleton snuck in their 8th goal of the game in the 67th minute of play. After all was said and done, Castleton remained on top and the game ended 8-5 in favor of the Spartans.
After two tough road losses, the Mustangs will look to rebound when they make their home debut on Wednesday, September 7 at 4:00 PM against St. Lawrence on Drake Field.
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.