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Morrisville State men's lacrosse opens season with loss

OTEGO, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team opened the 2008 campaign Thursday afternoon with an 18-3 loss to Hartwick College in Hartwick.

Hartwick raced out to the early 1-0 lead, netting a goal just 42 seconds into the first quarter off a Brandon Wilk score. Hartwick then collected four additional scores to close out the first quarter with the 5-0 lead.

Hartwick tallied five additional goals in the second to take a 10-0 lead into the half and added five more in the third to take the commanding 15-0 lead before Morrisville’s Eric Stein (Oswego, NY/Oswego) put the Mustangs on the scoreboard at 11:04 in the fourth.

Mike Pascuzzi (Waterford, NY/Shenendehowa) and Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY/CBA) each added a score to the Mustangs efforts, Pascuzzi at 5:34 and Bobbett with 1:10 remaining.

Jeremy Hunt (Bourne, MA/Bourne) saved 23 in goal for Morrisville State.

Vito Demola netted five and Dan Hushion four goals to lead Hartwick in the non-conference win. John Meade recorded the win, saving two, as Ryan Twordowski and Greg Polcari combined for 13 saves in the final 23:23 of the contest.

Morrisville State (0-1) returns to the field on Saturday at Alfred University. The face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Alfred.

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.