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Lebanon Valley defeats Morrisville State hockey 4-2

HERSHEY PARK, PA – The Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey team fell Saturday afternoon to host Lebanon Valley College by a final 4-2 in Hershey Park, PA.

Lebanon Valley scored three goals in the first period and one in the second, taking the commanding 4-0 lead over Morrisville State heading into the final period. The eventual game winner came in the first period as Nick Harris converted a Ray Nicks pass for the short handed score.

Morrisville State fired 44 shots on the Flying Dutchmen’s net, but were only able to convert on two, the first at 9:02 in the third when Rob Sgarbassa (Campbellville, ONT) was able to find the back of the net off a pass from Matt Damskov (Spokane, WA) and Evan Kernohan (Minden, ONT) on the power play opportunity. The second Morrisville score came minutes later when Kernohan and Tyler Fulton (Highland Village, TX) found Sgarbassa open for the score.

Brett Freese (Geneseo, NY) started in net for Morrisville State, saving 14 of 18 in nearly 36 minutes of play, while allowing the four Lebanon Valley scores. Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) came off the bench and saved 18.

Aaron Miller recorded the win for the Dutchmen, saving 42 of 44 shots against.

Morrisville State resumes SUNYAC play on Friday, as they return to the ice at SUNY Potsdam for a 7 p.m. scheduled face-off.

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.