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Morrisville State men's lax embarking on difficult 2008 campaign

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State men’s lacrosse team will be facing their toughest schedule ever in 2008, playing a complete State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) schedule, which features nationally ranked SUNY Cortland (3) and SUNY Geneseo (17). SUNY Geneseo is the defending SUNYAC Champion and SUNY Cortland lost to Salisbury in the national championship game in 2007.

Head coach Pat Yannarelli enters his first season with the Mustangs and will be looking to improve on the 2007 campaign as the Mustangs posted a 1-11 recorded. “They are a young group of truly hard working student-athletes whose desire to get better, it’s evident each day they take the field.”

The Mustangs will be looking for leadership from seniors Ken Anderson (Staatsburg, NY) and Jacob Lew (Amherst, NY) on the defensive end this season. Midfielder Andrew Redmann (Littleton, CO) netted seven goals and five assists last season and will be looked to lead the offensive attack for the Mustangs in 2008 along with Tim Barth (Rush, NY) who netted four goals and six assists in 2007.

Yannarelli believes that newcomers Eric Stein (Oswego, NY), JP Fried (Jordon, NY), Adam Lewis (Painted Post, NY), and Dan Wiginton (Whitesboro, NY) will have immediate impact for the Mustangs leading them to a successful season in 2008.

The Morrisville State opens their season on the road today against Hartwick College at 4 p.m. The Mustangs open their home schedule April 5th against SUNY Potsdam at 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.