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DeCroo nets hat trick to lead #9 Hobart in come from behind win over Morrisville State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.­ – Visiting Hobart College’s Nick DeCroo (Sarver, PA) netted three to lead the Statesmen (ranked #9 in recent USCHO.com Division III national poll) to a come-from-behind 5-3 win over Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey Thursday night in Morrisville.

DeCroo gave Hobart the early 1-0 lead netting the first score of the night just 44 seconds into the contest off a pass from Bobby Cahill (Farmington Hills, MI).

Nearly two minutes later, Morrisville State’s Geoff Matzel (Chittenango, NY) netted a power play score off a pass from Adam Maglio (Nelson, BC) and Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT) to even the contest for the Mustangs.

Morrisville State rallied for two straight scores, the first from Kyle Roberts (Whitesboro, NY) at 5:39 and the second from Dana Calderone (Bronx, NY) at 14:51, to take the 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.

In the second, Patrick Moriarty (Lloyd Harbor, NY) brought the Statesmen within one, netting the even score at 6:04 before Aleksey Koval (Kiev, Ukraine) evened the contest for Hobart at three, sneaking the game-tying score past Morrisville State goal tender Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) at 11:43.

DeCroo gave Hobart its second lead of the contest with less than three minutes remaining in the second period, netting the go ahead score off a pass from Cahill and Thomas Capalbo (Mamaroneck, NY).

DeCroo put the game away in the third, netting his third of the night for the hat trick at 16:24. Cahill and Capalbo were credited with the assists, Cahill’s third on the night.

Relkoff recorded the loss in net for Morrisville, saving 46, as the Mustangs fell to 4-11-1 overall.

Keith Longo (Milford, MA) tallied the win for Hobart, saving 24, including nine in the third period, as the Statesmen improve to 11-4 overall.

Morrisville State returns to the ice Saturday against Elmira at 7 p.m. at the Morrisville State College IcePlex.

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.