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Experience leading Morrisville State women's lax in '08

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Under guidance of first year head coach Erynn Anderson, a Fredonia State (’07) and Baldwinsville ('00) graduate, the Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team is looking forward to the challenge that the 2008 schedule will bring and are looking to improve on the 6-9 record posted last season.

Playing a full State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) schedule, Morrisville State is ready and willing to take on the competition. They face nationally ranked SUNY Cortland (12) on the road April 15th and will visit ECAC Championship runner-up SUNY Brockport on April 8th.

Morrisville State returns junior Kayla Miller (Johnstown, NY) to its attacking unit who was second on the team in scoring last season with 32 points on 16 goals and 10 assists in 12 games. Newcomers to the attack include Nicole Lane (Minoa, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) and Cori Serbay (Putnam Valley, NY) who will be a threat to opposing defensive units.

In the midfield, junior Jennifer Caffarelli (Phillipsburg, NJ) and sophomore Carmen Velazquez (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) return to anchor the veteran unit with senior Morgan Wisher (Elma, NY) and newcomer Sybill Stanton (Walton, NY). Caffarelli appeared in 15 games last season, leading the team in scoring with 48 points on 37 goals and 11 assists. Velazquez added 20 points on 17 goals and three assists.

Defensively, Anderson will look to sophomore Brittany Quinlan (Homer, NY/Homer) and newcomer Elizabeth Peck (Antwerp, NY/Indian River) to anchor the defensive unit that caused 76 turnovers last season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Smith (Cedarville, NY/Mt. Markham) put together a solid freshman campaign, allowing on average 13.52 goals against. Smith posted a 5-8 record, saving 158. Freshman Sarah Palmer (Southbury, CT) also looks to earn time between the pipes this season.

Morrisville State closed out the 2007 season with five wins in the final six games of their schedule and are looking to pick up where they left off, opening the 2008 campaign on Saturday at Western Connecticut State and returning to the field on Sunday at SUNY Maritime.

“I have high expectations for the team this year. They have been working very hard and have contributed a great deal to strengthening their team and program,” stated Anderson, “the 2008 season is going to be filled with excitement.”

Morrisville State is set to open their home schedule on April 1, hosting SUNY Potsdam, the first of the SUNYAC scheduled games.

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.