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Morrisville State women open season with win; defeat WestConn 10-8

DANBURY, CT – The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team opened the 2008 campaign with a 10-8 victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon in Danbury, Connecticut.

WestConn opened the game with a quick score just 49 seconds into the contest off a score by Kara Kruczkiewicz, her first of five on the afternoon, to take the early 1-0 lead. Minutes later WestConn added a second score before Morrisville State’s Kayla Miller (Johnstown, NY/Johnstown) ignited the Mustangs offense with a goal at the 19:57 mark off a Jennifer Caffarelli (Phillipsburg, NJ) assist.

Morrisville State fired off three goals within a three minute span and one right before the half to take the 5-2 lead at halftime, two from Jamie Collins (Baldwinsville, NY/CW Baker) and two from Caffarelli.

In the second half, WestConn regained the lead, holding a 7-5 advantage, as Kruczkiewicz netted four goals, three within the opening four minutes of the half.

Miller tied the contest for Morrisville State with two straight unassisted scores before Caitlyn Everin regained the lead for WestConn at the 14:36 mark.

Morrisville State’s Molly Luzak (Burt, NY/Newfane) evened the score with 10:56 remaining before Miller netted her fourth of the afternoon at 10:11, the eventual game-winner, giving the Mustangs the one goal advantage.

Miller put the game away with 1:36 remaining, netting her fifth of the afternoon, unassisted.

Nicole Lane (Minoa, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) and Sybil Stanton (Walton, NY/Walton Central) each tallied an assist for Morrisville State.

Morrisville State held the narrow advantage in both shots on goal, 24, and ground balls, 26, as WestConn tallied 23 shots and 25 ground balls.

Stephanie Smith (Cedarville, NY/Mt. Markham) recorded the win in net, saving eight for Morrisville State (1-0).

Angela Vargas saved six in the loss for WestConn (0-1).

Morrisville State returns to the field tomorrow night at Maritime College. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Throggs Neck.

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.