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Ithaca dominates Mustangs in first half, defeats Morrisville State 4-2

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Ithaca College field hockey dominated the first half of play Saturday afternoon racking up four scores, en route to their 4-2 non-conference victory over Morrisville State College in Morrisville.

Nearly 11 minutes into the contest, Katherine Brown (Akron, NY) crossed the ball in front of the cage where Jessica Dillon (Mahopac, NY) collected the ball for the score, giving the Bombers the early 1-0 lead. Within minutes, Dillon added a second, deflecting the feed from Annie Onzik (Shavertown, PA) at the top of the circle.

Ithaca took a commanding three goal lead 25 minutes into the contest off a rebound score from Abbey Lind (Lancaster, PA) before Brown added her own at 30:33 to extend the lead to 4-0 at the half.

Ithaca out shot the Mustangs 16-8 in the first half and held the 12-0 advantage in penalty corners.

In the second half, Morrisville State’s Jamie Anderson (Harpursville, NY) passed the ball through the Ithaca defense to find Lauren Bordonaro (North Tonawanda, NY) alone in the circle for the deflection score to put the Mustangs on the scoreboard. Within a minute, Bordonaro struck again on a fast break opportunity off a free hit to cut the Bomber lead to two.

Morrisville State outshot Ithaca 7-2 in the final 15 minutes of the game, but was unable to covert as Ithaca picked up the win.

The Mustangs held the 18-4 advantage in shots in the second half.

Courtney Dowell (Massapequa, NY) recorded the win for Ithaca in goal, saving five as Chelsea Welsh (Scotia, NY) tallied seven in the second half in goal for the Bombers (1-1).

Stephanie Smith (Cedarville, NY) saved seven in the loss for Morrisville State with teammate Kelsey Pellegrino (Cicero, NY) adding a save in the second half. The Mustangs drop to 1-1 on the season.

Morrisville State returns to the field Wednesday at Houghton College.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.