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Men's soccer to open season Tuesday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s soccer team will open the 2009 season campaign at home Tuesday afternoon, hosting Green Mountain College at 4:30 p.m. on Lemery Field in Morrisville.

The Mustangs return eight starters to its line-up this season, a balanced field of veteran players from the forward line to goal, and look to improve on the team’s 4-12-2 overall record last season as they join the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and enter their first season of NCAA active membership, becoming eligible to compete for post season championship play.

Junior co-captains, Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) and Tim Benedict (Caledonia, NY) will charge the Mustangs competitiveness, leading from the defensive and midfield positions this season. Benedict tallied an assist in 2008 and Stein split time both on the field and in goal last season, recording 38 saves and a 2-3 record in net.

The loss of four-year starting forward and team leading scorer, Andrew Ketchum, will be difficult to replace, but according to seventh season head coach Tom Daviau (51-50-5, six seasons), the players are working extremely hard and starting to come together as a unit.

Following Tuesday’s season opener, Morrisville State will be on the road at the D’Youville College Spartan Tournament in Buffalo and will look to defend the team’s tournament title. The men return to Lemery Field Wednesday, September 9, hosting Hilbert College.

A full schedule and game results can be found on the athletics web site at http://athletics.morrisville.edu or by calling the sports information office at 315.684.6250.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.