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Field hockey to open season Saturday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The Morrisville State College field hockey team is geared up to begin the 2008 campaign, returning 11 to the squad that finished 4-14 overall last season, while adding nine Section III all-Stars to the roster in 2008.

Third year head coach, Adair Milmoe (6-24, two seasons), feels that the team has laid a strong foundation throughout the course of the last two seasons and this might be the year that the Mustangs could upset several teams.

The road won’t be easy though, as Morrisville State’s schedule includes established programs of SUNY Cortland (8th in NFHCA national poll), Ithaca, Oneonta and Nazareth and only four total games on the Mustangs home field.

Junior Charlotte Brown (Sherburne, NY) and sophomore Lauren Bordonaro (North Tonawanda, NY) return to anchor the forward line as the two combined for five goals and five assists last season. Brown’s vision of the field and game sense will lead to a consistent attack transition for wing Bordonaro, who is an explosive transition player with tremendous speed.

Joining the attacking line is freshman Lanae Maciag (Morrisville, NY), a two-time CSC all-Star at forward, who is expected to “finish” in the circle for the Mustangs.

Junior Michelle Heath (Whitney Point, NY) is expected to lead the young midfield unit this season. Newcomers Danielle Green (Sherburne, NY) and Meghan Dean (Taberg, NY) will contribute immediately to the midfield with their ability to distribute the ball and attack the goal.

Morrisville State returns a seasoned defensive unit in backs Chelsea Thomas (Schuylerville, NY) and Jennifer Caffarelli (Phillipsburg, NJ) and goalie Stephanie Smith (Cedarville, NY). Caffarelli will again be the lead defensive mark on opposing attack and will be backed by Thomas at the sweeper position with her ability to read and intercept the attack transition.

Smith returns to the goal position for a final season, saving 215 shots against in 2007 for a 76 save percentage and 3.74 goals against average. Smith will have a challenge though, as the Mustangs added freshman Sarah Snow (Camden, NY) to its roster this season. Snow was a member of the 2007 Sectional and Regional Champion field hockey team for Camden along with fellow teammate Dean.

Morrisville State opens its schedule Saturday against Delaware Valley College at the Villa Julie College Tournament and will await Sunday’s opponent based on the Saturday result. The Mustangs will then return home to face Wells College on September 4 before facing Houghton and Hamilton on the road in the weeks to follow.

The full schedule and results can be found on the athletics web site at http://athletics.morrisville.edu or by calling the sports information office at 315.684.6250.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.