News Center

Back to News Center

Morrisville State picks up first win of season, defeats Maritime in thriller 39-38

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College football team picked up its first win of the season, defeating SUNY Maritime in a 39-38 thriller in Throggs Neck, New York on Saturday afternoon.

Battling to a back-and-forth first quarter, Derek Mulson (Rennesaeler, NY/LaSalle) gave Morrisville State the early 3-0 lead, kicking a 36-yard field goal with 9:10 remaining in the first quarter. Within minutes, Maritime struck back, scoring on an 11-yard run from Greg Campisi.

Less than a minute later, Morrisville State’s Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY/Central Square) tallied his first of two scores of the afternoon on a 60-yard pass from Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ/Southern Regional) to regain the lead for the Mustangs.

Maritime put together a 77-yard scoring drive to gain the 13-10 edge, before the Mustangs Brandon Tape (Auburn, NY/Auburn) returned the kick-off 85-yards to put Morrisville State on top 17-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Morrisville State added 17 additional points in the second quarter, a 25-yard field goal by Mulson, a 5-yard passing score by Hull from Poling and a 3-yard run by William Carter (Syracuse, NY/Henninger) to take a 27-25 lead at the half.

The Mustangs extended their halftime lead in the third quarter, as Mulson hit a 44-yard field goal with 4:04 remaining.

In the fourth, Maritime put together a 12-play, 70-yard drive to bring the Privateers within five, but Morrisville forced a Maritime fumble that resulted in a team safety for the Mustangs.

With 4:51 remaining in the final quarter, Maritime scored on a 23-yard run to bring the game within one, but missed the kick, giving Morrisville State the 39-38 edge and eventual win.

A final drive attempt for the Privateers with 1:08 remaining, failed as Morrisville State’s Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY/Maine Endwell) sacked Michael Smooke for the third time of the afternoon on fourth down. Visingard led all defenders with 16 tackles of the afternoon, including 13 solo and three sacks for a loss of 17-yards.

Tommy Moyon (Woodside, NY/Procotor Academy) and Mike McMonagle (Pennellville, NY/John C Birdlebough) each added eight tackles in the defensive efforts for Morrisville State.

Morrisville State tallied 440-yards total offense with Poling connecting on 18-of-27 passes for 216-yards and two scores and adding 76-yards on the ground. Hull led the receiving corps with 134-yards on nine catches for two scores as Tape racked up 213 yards in kick returns.

Maritime tallied 493 yards on the ground in rushing with Ben Swedish leading the way with 195 on 23-carries. Campisi added 117-yards and a score on nine attempts.

Privateer quarterback Smooke went 1-for-4 in passing for 16 yards and a score as Pete Spriesterbach led Maritime with 48-receiving yards.

Keith Hale and Michael Oehl each tallied 11 total tackles to lead the Maritime defense.

Morrisville State (1-4) returns to the field next Saturday at Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. 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 also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.