The Cazenovia Wildcats powerful start was not enough to defeat "Route Twenty Rival" Morrisville State. The Women's Lacrosse team fell 15-10 despite leading the Mustangs 5-1 early in the game.
Morrisville gained the lead less than two minutes in to the game with a goal by Hunter Waldeau. The Wildcats answered with five unanswered goals. Kaitlin Sheppard had two goals and Daejah Werntz, Abby Webster and Kim Vrigian each chipped in with one during the run. Just as it seemed that Cazenovia's intensity on both sides of the field would be too much for Morrisville, Shelby Wood – the Mustangs career leader in goals scored – did not let the deficit intimidate her as she led the Mustangs comeback with four goals in five minutes. Goalie Abigail Kortz kept the Mustangs from tying the game at half. With seconds remaining Kortz came up with back-to-back saves to end the half. Vrigian and Werntz both added goals to the scoreboard sending the Wildcats to half time with a 7-6 lead. The Wildcats and Mustangs ended the half with 15 shots on goal each and Cazenovia took an aggressive approach to lead the Mustangs in ground balls, 17-12.
The Mustangs came out hot in the second half, earning control of the game by taking 10 of 13 draw controls, capturing 14 ground balls to Cazenovia's 6 and out-shooting the Wildcats 22 to 8. Four consecutive goals (two by Jessica Young) within ten minutes gave Morrisville a 10-7 lead . The Wildcats never lost hope as they attempted to fight back with three more goals Abby Webster, Jessica Cramer and Kaitlin Sheppard once again, assisted by Kim Vrigian. Morrisville's Ally Zlinski chipped in three late second-half goals to help widen the lead by 5.
Abigail Kortz stopped 12 shots for Cazenovia. Along with an outstanding effort offensively, Daejah Werntz led the Wildcats with six ground balls. Alexandra Welch led Cazenovia's defensive effort around the goal.
The Wildcats will attempt to bounce back from the close loss when they travel to face another tough NEAC opponent, Saturday April 5th against Keuka Storm.