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Morrisville State field hockey defeats Gordon 4-3 for season opening victory

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Rebecca Quackenbush (Barker, NY) scored twice and senior Lauren Bordonaro (North Tonawanda, NY) assisted three as host Morrisville State College netted a 4-3 victory over visiting Gordon College Wednesday afternoon in Morrisville.

Morrisville State jumped out to a quick one goal lead just 10 minutes into the contest as Bordonaro found Quackenbush within the circle for the Mustangs first score. Within minutes, Rebecca Meyer (Morrisville, NY) extended the lead to two, scoring in the 14th minute off a corner pass from Bordonaro.

In the second half, Amie Dolson (Syracuse, NY) found Quackenbush in the circle for the post sweep to make it a three goal advantage for Morrisville State.

In the 53rd minute, Bordonaro crossed to Brandi Ralfalko (Great Meadows, NJ) for the 4-0 lead.

Brianne Gilbert put the Scots on the scoreboard in the 65th minute, netting a goal on a corner pass from Veronica Pierce, fueling Gordon’s late comeback attempt.

Thirty-seven seconds later, Gilbert added a second score on a fast break and less than a minute later, Melanie Landis added a third Scot score to bring Gordon within one of the Mustangs.

Morrisville State held on for the victory, with Kelsey Pellegrino (Syracuse, NY) picking up the win in net, making eight stops.

Anna Bury recorded the loss for Gordon, saving 10.

The Mustangs return to the field Saturday, traveling to Ithaca College for a 1 p.m. game against the Bombers.
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.