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Cortland tops Morrisville State hockey, 5-2

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Cortland State’s Brennan Briggs (Batavia, NY/Batavia) netted a goal and assisted three to lead the Red Dragons over Morrisville State hockey 5-2 Tuesday night in Morrisville.

Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, ONT/Oshawa Legionaires) put Morrisville State on the board first, netting a score at 5:09 in the first period off a cross from Evan Kernohan (Minden, ONT/Lindsay Muskies) and Dana Calderone (Bronx, NY/Connecticut Jr. Wolves) in front of Cortland netminder Mike Mistretta (Buffalo, NY/Northland College) for the early lead.

Mike Friel (Oswego, NY/Oswego Generals) evened the contest for Cortland State at 4:09 in the second, netting the score off a pass from Justin Porpora (Hauppauge, NY/NY Bobcats) and Briggs (Batavia, NY/Batavia). At 16:10, Matt Nichols (Potsdam, NY/Potsdam) tallied the go ahead score for the Red Dragons, beating Morrisville goalie Brett Freese (Geneseo, NY/Geneseo) on the left side of the net. Briggs and Mike Egan (Smithtown, NY/NY Apple Core Jr. B) were credited with the assists.

In the third, Cortland broke the scoring wide open, netting two straight, including a short handed goal by Briggs at the 6:39 mark, increasing the Red Dragon lead to 4-1.

Morrisville State attempted to make a comeback with a power play score at 9:04 from Calderone, but quickly fell back to the three goal deficit as Cortland’s Nichols added the fifth and final Dragon score 18 seconds later for the 5-2 victory.

Mistretta recorded the win in net for Cortland State (3-6, 2-4-0 SUNYAC), saving 20. Jon Bova (Camillus, NY/West Genesee) saved two in the final five minutes of play.

Morrisville State’s Freese saved 25 in the loss in net for the Mustangs (2-8, 0-7-0 SUNYAC), 13 in the second period.

The Mustangs return to the ice on Saturday at the Castleton College Tournament in Burlington, Vermont. Morrisville State will play Castleton at 7 p.m. on Saturday and either Neumann or Tufts on Sunday.
Cortland will travel to the Skidmore College Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, playing Skidmore on Saturday at 2 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.