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Williams, Lanza named Morrisville State "Athletes of the Week"

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Senior ice hockey forward Keith Williams (Whitesboro, NY) and sophomore wrestler Joe Lanza (Herkimer, NY) have been named the Morrisville State College “co-Athletes of the Week” for the week ending January 11.

Williams led the Mustangs hockey team to a 2-0 weekend over Johnson and Wales, tallying a goal and three assists over the weekend, including an assist on the overtime winner Friday night.

"Keith contributes in all situations, offensively, defensively, and on both the power play and penalty kill units, as he did in this past weekend's games," said head coach Brian Grady of Williams.

The 2005 graduate of Whitesboro High is majoring in entrepreneurship and small business management at Morrisville State College. He is the son of Aranka and Wayne Williams of Whitesboro.

Lanza, captain of the Mustangs wrestling team at 125 pounds, helped lead the team to a sixth place finish at the Plymouth State Invitational, the highest team finish at a tournament this season.

According to head coach Mario Thomas, "Joe has really taken a mentorship role with the other lightweights and is one of the hardest workers on the team while leading our team academically in the classroom."

The 2007 graduate of Herkimer High is majoring in gaming and casino management at Morrisville State College. He is the son of Kimberly and Anthony Lanza of Herkimer.

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.