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Men's soccer opens 2008 season Saturday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s soccer team will open the 2008 campaign Saturday at D’Youville College against Franciscan University at the Spartans Tournament in Buffalo.

Morrisville State returns 12 to the squad that went 5-12 overall last season, including senior tri-captains Drew Ketchum (Rochester, NY), Andrey Tomoroska (Solvay, NY) and Andrew Stoneburg (Chittenango, NY).

Ketchum and Shaman Mason (Syracuse, NY), last year’s scoring leaders with ten goals each and nine total assists, return to anchor the forward line.

Sixth year head coach, Tom Daviau (47-35, five seasons), will look to Stoneburg to lead the young defensive unit as Morrisville State made a change to its defensive line-up this season, moving Tomoroska to goal after playing three seasons as a back.

The Mustangs open the schedule with eight straight on the road, including Elmira, Cazenovia and Plattsburgh, before returning home on September 24 to host Oswego State.

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.