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Fairchild leads WestConn women's lax to 13-10 win over Morrisville State

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. – Western Connecticut State University’s Whitney Fairchild (New Milford, CT) tallied four goals and two assists in the first half to lead the visiting Colonials to a 13-10 win over Morrisville State College Saturday afternoon in Chittenango.

WestConn took an early 2-0 lead over the Mustangs within the first five minutes of the contest, as Fairchild found Brianna Mitterando (Mastic Beach, NY) and Ashley Caruso (Northport, NY) for the scores. Fairchild added two scores in the 14th minute before Morrisville State’s Jennifer Caffarelli (Phillipsburg, NJ) put the Mustangs on the scoreboard with a free position at 14:44.

WestConn regained the five goal lead, adding two scores less than a minute apart, the first from Jessica Majeski (Norwalk, CT) and another from Fairchild, before Morrisville State’s Sybil Stanton (Walton, NY) netted two unanswered goals to bring the Mustangs back to within three.

Carmen Velazquez (Syracuse, NY) and Caffarelli each netted a score to bring the Mustangs within reach, but the Colonials rallied for three straight scores, from Kara Kruczkiewicz (Brookfield, CT), Fairchild and Caruso to take the 10-5 lead heading into the half.

In the second half, WestConn scored two quick goals before Stanton scored three straight to bring the Mustangs within four heading into the final minutes of the contest. Kruczkiewicz added her fourth of the afternoon, giving the Colonials the five goal lead with 6:29 remaining.

Velazquez chipped into the lead with a free position score at 5:32 for Morrisville State before Caffarelli added the final Mustang score with 23 seconds remaining as WestConn claimed the non-conference win.

The Colonials Mercedes Koehler (Bethel, CT) recorded the win in net, saving nine as WestConn improves to 2-0. WestConn held the 29-20 advantage in shots and the 37-30 advantage in ground balls.

Stanton led the Mustangs with five goals and an assist on the afternoon while Jennifer May (Rochester, NY) saved seven in the loss for the Mustangs, who fall to 0-1.

Morrisville State will meet SUNY New Paltz Wednesday afternoon at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida for a non-conference match-up at 11:00 a.m.

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.