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Morrisville State men win second straight, top Cazenovia 11-9

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team won their second straight game Wednesday afternoon, handing local rival Cazenovia College the 11-9 loss on Drake Field in Morrisville.

Morrisville State took the early one goal lead at 12:03, as Andrew Elsmore (Scituate, MA) found an open Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY) for the score. Minutes later, Nelson Boyd (Waterloo, NY) gave the Mustangs the two goal advantage with a score off an assist from Elsmore before Bobbett added this second of the quarter at 5:07 for the 3-0 lead.

TJ Shaw (Tully, NY) finally found the back of the net with 12 seconds remaining in the quarter to give Cazenovia their first score of the afternoon.

In the second Cazenovia and Morrisville traded goals over a span of eight minutes, the first from Shaw who brought the Wildcats to within one, netting the unassisted goal at 8:34. Elsmore regained the two goal lead for the Mustangs less than a minute later before Gareth Fabian (Randolph, VT) scored the third Wildcat goal at 6:24. Chris Parlapiano (Ronkonkoma, NY) gave Morrisville State the 5-3 lead at 5:28 before Kyle Boland (Clifton Park, NY) responded for Cazenovia to send the game into the half with a 5-4 Mustang advantage.

Shaw tied the contest at 10:41 in the third with an unassisted score, before Morrisville State exploded for four straight scores in a span of two and a half minutes for the 9-5 lead, the first from Boyd at 5:53, Ismael Villaba (West Hempstead, NY) at 5:32 and two straight by Bobbett at 2:38 and 2:20, respectively.

Fabian broke the Mustang streak with an unassisted score at 2:10 but Boyd answered back with 40 seconds remaining in the quarter with his third score of the afternoon.

In the fourth, Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) gave Morrisville the 11-6 benefit with 8:11 remaining on the clock with a score off an assist from Elsmore. Cazenovia rallied for three straight scores to cut into the Mustang lead, but Morrisville’s defense held as they pulled out the 11-9 victory.

Morrisville State’s Michael Hinchey (Kingston, NY) earned the win in net, saving seven.

Elsmore led Morrisville State with six points, a collegiate game high five assists, with teammate Bobbett adding four goals. Boyd finished the contest with three goals and Stein with a goal and assist. Parlapiano and Villaba rounded out Morrisville scoring with a goal each with Tom Moore (Rush, NY) adding an assist.

Shaw led Cazenovia with four goals and an assist as teammate Fabian added two scores while assisting one.

Travis Carruthers (Cortland, NY) recorded the loss for the Wildcats, saving two in 12:22 of play. Alex Iannicello (Camillus, NY) saved three in 47:38 of play.

Morrisville State (4-4) returns to the field Saturday, opening SUNYAC competition against SUNY Oswego at 1 p.m. on Drake 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.