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Morrisville State women clinch regular season title, host West Division Playoffs

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team completed the 2012 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division schedule with a perfect 9-0 record, claiming their first regular season conference title in the history of the program, and will host the divisional championship tournament Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

The top seeded Mustangs finished the regular season with an 11-4 overall record, and will host the winner of the play-in game between fourth seed Medaille College (7-7, 6-3 NAC West) and fifth seed Penn State Abington (4-9, 4-5 NAC West) Saturday at 11:30 at Drake Field on the Morrisville State campus.

Morrisville State defeated Medaille 22-10 last week and captured a 21-2 victory over Abington earlier this season.

The second semi-final will feature second seed Keuka College (10-2, 7-1 NAC West) and third seed Cazenovia College (9-7, 7-2 NAC West) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Keuka defeated Cazenovia 11-7 last week.

The winners of Saturday’s semi-finals will advance to the championship game held Sunday at 1 p.m. The divisional champion will then face off against the NAC East Champion in the overall conference championship title game, held May 5, with the winner earning the bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

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, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in baseball and women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. For baseball and women’s lacrosse, this partnership will end following the 2012 season.

Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Community Service Honor Roll. Visit www.morrisville.edu to experience, Morrisville in motion.