Women’s Lax Earns No. 2 Seed in NAC West
April 22, 2012
Freshman Jennifer Burt (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) scored three goals with an assist and three other players scored two goals, but the Keuka College women’s lacrosse team suffered a 13-10 loss to Morrisville State Sunday afternoon at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Mustangs (11-4, 9-0 NEAC) earned the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference’s (NAC) West Division and will host the two-day tournament. The two semifinal games will be played at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the NAC championship game taking place at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Storm (10-2, 7-1 North Eastern Athletic Conference) earned the No. 2 seed in the NAC’s West Division and will face No. 3 Cazenovia College (8-7, 6-2 NEAC) in a NAC West semifinal contest at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Morrisville State. Keuka handed Cazenovia an 11-7 setback Friday night at Keuka.
Against Morrisville State at home on Senior Day and Parents’ Day, sophomores Taylor Smith (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder), Kay Kostuk (Cortland, NY/Cortland) and Maggie Bonafede (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) each scored two goals while freshman Kaycee Maguire (Potsdam, NY/Potsdam) added a goal for the Storm.
The two schools traded goals over the first 11 minutes, with Smith, Maguire, Bonafede and Kostuk all scoring as the game was tied at 4-all on Kostuk’s goal 11:52 into the contest.
Morrisville State answered with four straight goals to take an 8-4 lead. Burt made it a three-goal game with 12:14 remaining in the first, and Smith scored a man-up goal to pull the Storm within 9-6 late in the half, but the Mustangs added a goal before halftime for a 10-6 lead.
Neither squad scored during the first nine minutes of the second until Hillary Hartnett’s tally put Morrisville State up 11-6 with 21:01 to play.
Burt scored two goals in three minutes but every time the Storm scored, the Mustangs had an answer, and Keuka trailed 13-8 before Bonafede’s goal with 7:52 to play. Kostuk scored the Storm’s final goal on a free-position shot with 2:05 to play, but despite blanking Morrisville State over the final 11:26, Keuka suffered its first conference loss of the year.
Junior Molly Hogan (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) made nine saves in the loss. Maguire added six groundballs while junior Courtney French (Massena, NY/Massena) added five groundballs for Keuka. French also caused six turnovers while Maguire caused five and Smith and freshman Olivia Hudson (Adams, NY/South Jefferson) each had four caused turnovers.
Hartnett led the Mustangs with four goals, followed by Shelby Wood and Erin Rundle, who each chipped in three goals.
Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sports of baseball, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis.