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Morrisville State women stage second half comeback to claim first conference win

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team trailed by three at the half and rallied for 10 goals in the second to claim the 12-9 comeback SUNYAC victory over SUNY New Paltz Tuesday afternoon in Morrisville.

New Paltz jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with an unassisted score by Samantha Delguadio (Northport, NY) 1:12 into the contest before Morrisville State’s Jennifer Caffarelli (Phillipsburg, NJ) answered just over nine minutes later with the Mustangs first score of the afternoon.

The Hawks regained the lead with two straight scores, the first at 16:30 from Kim Hall (Cortland, NY) and the second at 6:28 from Delguadio. Elizabeth Peck (Antwerp, NY) brought Morrisville State back to within one with a score with just over three minutes remaining in the half before New Paltz added two additional goals, the first from Hall and the second from Brittany Bennett (Smithtown, NY) to take the 5-2 lead at the half.

In the second, Morrisville State scored three unanswered goals to tie the contest at five, two unassisted scores from Caffarelli and a second from Peck just under five minutes into the half.

Bennett gave New Paltz the goal advantage at 22:55, but Morrisville State’s Sybil Stanton (Walton, NY) responded, finding Courtney Terzi (Little Falls, NY) at 20:09 for the score.

Caffarelli gave Morrisville their first lead of the afternoon at 19:14 with a free position goal before New Paltz’s Julia Donato (Fayetteville, NY) tied the contest for the fourth time with an unassisted score at 18:00.

With 15:39 remaining on the clock, Stanton found Peck for her third score of the day before netting two straight giving the Mustangs the three goal advantage with just over 13 minutes to go.

Frieda Shumel (East Meadow, NY) cut into the Morrisville State lead with an unassisted score at the 12 minute mark, before Caffarelli netted two straight within four minutes, securing the conference win.

Morrisville State’s Jennifer May (Rochester, NY) recorded the win in net, saving nine, including six in the second half.

Caffarelli led all scorers with six goals and an assist while Peck added a collegiate high three goals. Stanton chipped in two goals and two assists and Terzi one goal. Paulette Estabrooks (Nineveh, NY) rounded out Mustang scoring with an assist.

Delguadio led New Paltz with three goals and two assists. Hall contributed two goals and an assist while Bennett added two goals. Lorraine Vultaggio (Babylon, NY) saved nine in the loss for the Hawks, who fall to 2-4 overall, 0-1 in SUNYAC action.

Morrisville State held the 33-25 advantage in shots on goal and the 21-17 advantage in ground balls while New Paltz tallied 14 draw controls to the Mustangs nine for the contest.

Morrisville State (3-1, 1-0 SUNYAC) returns to the field Saturday, hosting SUNY Brockport at 1 p.m. on Lemery Field.

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.