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Whitcombe nets hat trick in 4-3 victory for Morrisville State men

POULTNEY, VT – Morrisville State College freshman forward, Erik Whitcombe (Odgensburg, NY) netted his first collegiate hat trick, leading the Mustangs to a season opening 4-3 victory over Green Mountain College Wednesday afternoon in Poultney, Vermont.

Green Mountain held a two goal lead into the 32nd minute before Whitcombe finished a Brendan Nally (Burnt Hills, NY) free kick to bring the Mustangs within one.

Nearly five minutes later Green Mountain regained the two goal advantage, but minutes before the halftime break, Whitcombe put another on the board for Morrisville State, flipping the ball over the keeper.

An own goal in the 49th minute evened the contest for Morrisville State and at 80:33, Whitcombe finished a serve into the box off a free kick from Andrew Brobbey (Bronx, NY), heading the ball past the Green Mountain keeper for the game winning score.

Keeper, Shane Sullivan (Sherrill, NY) made three stops in the win for Morrisville State while Nate Kishbaugh recorded seven saves in the loss for Green Mountain.

Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, hosting Lyndon State College at 2 p.m. on Lemery Field on the 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.