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Morrisville State field hockey opens season Wednesday

Release written by Gretchen Cramer: Sports Information Intern
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The field hockey team looks to continue their uphill battle to success in 2010 following an overall 5-14 record last season. One of the strategies head coach Adair Milmoe uses to complete this mission is “conditioning well” and “relearning the fundamentals”.

“Our goal has been to compete, which our girls have done since day one,” Milmoe said. “We threw them right in and they performed from the start. They played their best and never gave up, earning the respect they have.”

A new edition to the coaching staff has helped “instrumentally” as Heather Doran, a former DI field hockey player from Syracuse University, joined the coaching staff for the 2010 season. “She is one of the best. She switches it up,” senior forward Lauren Bordonaro said. “She is really dedicated to making us go all the way in SUNYAC.”

Sophomore forward Courtney Cook said Doran is helping the team improve “as a unit” with all her “knowledge and DI technique”. Also helping Milmoe on and off the field is Brian Petrella.

“We are one, we are united,” Milmoe said. “We each have our own roles, but we have one message, one goal. We all stand together as a staff.”

Another strategy the team uses to battle toward the top is their schedule. “In order to be the best, you have to play the best,” Milmoe said. “We have to push them out of their comfort zones.” The team plays some top teams from Liberty League and Empire 8 for their non-conference season, such as University of Rochester, Hamilton and Vassar College.

“The veterans are really stepping up and asking the freshmen to find their voices, both on and off the field,” Cook said. “This helps us work well together.”

The Mustangs face SUNY Cortland, who was ranked fifth in preseason polls, on September 17 for their conference opener. “It’s not about them, it’s about us,” Milmoe said. “It’s about how you are going to perform that day.”

Milmoe said the biggest challenge the team faces is re-learning the fundamentals as a turf team. However, the team is very excited about the season. “There is nothing to limit us,” Milmoe said. “We’ll go as far as we allow ourselves.”

“We’re working really hard to being be the best team,” Bordonaro said. “Our top goal is to be number one in SUNYAC.” Bordonaro said the team is working on putting “more goals in the back of the net”.

“The team has had a great defense, so now we just need to finish it.” Bordonaro said. Morrisville State opens their season September 1, against Gordon College on Drake Field at 3 p.m. on Morrisville State campus.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.