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Morrisville State men's lacrosse opens season with win, defeats Cobleskill 15-7

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team opened the 2009 season with a 15-7 defeat over visiting SUNY Cobleskill Sunday afternoon at Tyler’s Field at Colgate University in Hamilton.

Morrisville State exploded for six goals in the first quarter, and tallied a 10-3 lead at the half en route to the win, the first victory for the program since the college’s transition to the NCAA.

Five tallied three or more points for Morrisville State on the afternoon, led by Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY) with three goals and two assists. Chris Parlapiano (Ronkonkoma, NY) added three scores and an assist while Andrew Elsmore (Scituate, MA) and Adam Lewis (Painted Post, NY) each had three. Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) netted one goal and three assists, while winning 17-of-21 face offs in the contest.

Kevin MacNeill (Vestal, NY) led the Cobleskill Tigers with four goals and an assist while Brian Murphy (Cross River, NY) scored twice. Hunter D’Andraia (New Paltz, NY) added three assists to the Tiger tallies in their first NCAA game.

Robert McDonald (Amherst, NY) saved 15 in net, recording the loss for Cobleskill as they fall to 0-1 on the season.

Morrisville’s Mike Hinchey (Kingston, NY) recorded the win in net, saving ten.

Morrisville State held a 46-20 advantage in shots over the Tigers and a 35-27 advantage in ground balls.

The Mustangs (1-0) return to the field next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hamilton College.

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.