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Walker leads Morrisville State field hockey to 2-0 win over Wells

AURORA, N.Y.– Freshman Kayla Walker (Oneida, NY/Oneida) scored twice Wednesday afternoon, leading the Morrisville State College field hockey team to a 2-0 non-conference win over Wells College in Aurora.

Walker gave the Mustangs the early 1-0 lead, collecting the ball off a rebound from Wells keeper, Martha Knowlan, and firing the unassisted score into the net just 8:47 into the contest.

In the second half, Wells had a chance to even the contest at one, as they were awarded a penalty stroke, but were denied the score by Morrisville State’s keeper, Stephanie Smith (Cedarville, NY/Mount Markham).

With just 21 seconds remaining in the contest, Walker sealed the win for the Mustangs, scoring on a scramble in front of the cage on a penalty corner attempt.

Smith and Kelsey Pellegrino (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) split time in net for the Mustangs, each saving two, with Smith recording the shut out win.

Knowlan recorded no saves in the loss for the Express as Wells fell to 1-5 overall.

Morrisville State (3-2) returns to the field Friday to open conference play at nationally sixth-ranked SUNY Cortland. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Cortland.

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.