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Schmitt, Stein named Morrisville State College "Athletes of the Week"

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College Athletic Department has named western equestrian rider Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) and midfielder Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) the Mustang “Athletes of the Week” for the week ending March 1, 2009.

Schmitt earned top honors as an individual rider at the regional championships held on Sunday, placing first among 14 qualified riders in the intermediate western horsemanship class to advance to the IHSA Semi-Finals on the 21st.

Aside from individual competition, Schmitt will also represent Morrisville State, the 2009 Championship Region 3 team, as the team’s novice horsemanship rider at the semi-finals.

The senior equine science major is a graduate of Thousand Islands High School and is the daughter of Nancy and Fred Schmitt of Clayton, New York.

Stein, men’s lacrosse midfielder, led Morrisville State to a 15-7 season opening win over SUNY Cobleskill on Sunday afternoon, the first opening win since the 2001 season.

Stein recorded one goal and assisted three, while tallying 13 ground balls and winning 17-of-21 face-offs.

The sophomore mechanical engineering technology major is a 2007 graduate of Oswego High School and is the son of Phyllis and Robert Stein of Oswego, New York. Stein is a two-sport athlete for Morrisville State, also competing in men’s soccer for the Mustangs.

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.