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Hockey set to open season tonight with exhibition game at Princeton

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College ice hockey team opens its 2009-10 season campaign tonight with an exhibition game at Princeton University, an NCAA Division I and ECAC Ivy League power, at 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey.

Morrisville State enters the 2009-10 campaign as a newly appointed, fully accredited member of the NCAA, Division III and is eligible for NCAA championship events this season.

The Mustangs return 19 to the roster this season from the 2008 team that went 5-19-1 overall (1-14-1 SUNYAC), adding nine new faces to the ice in 2009, and look to further establish a solid foundation in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC).

The schedule has the Mustangs playing a full slate of SUNYAC league play against traditional rivals Brockport, Buffalo State, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo, Oswego, Potsdam and Plattsburgh, but will also include non-conference pairings with last year’s National Champion Neumann College, quarterfinalist Elmira College and Manhattanville, as well as ECAC East powers Hamilton and New England Colleges.

Morrisville State returns their top three leading scorers from last season in seniors Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, ONT) and Dana Calderone (Bronx, NY) and junior Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT) who combined for 24 goals and 26 assists in 2008.

Junior Derek Matheson (Durham, ONT) returns to anchor a solid and deep defensive unit for the Mustangs and is joined by senior Kyle Roberts (Whitesboro, NY) and sophomore Tom Longland (Dunnville, ONT) who add speed, size and stability on the blue line for Morrisville State.

Junior Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) returns to the net for Morrisville State, after an impressive sophomore campaign last season with 714 saves last season in 1227 minutes played, bringing size, mobility and a competitive fire to the goaltending position.

Morrisville State is on the road Friday, October 30 at Elmira College before returning to the ice Saturday for the home opener against the Soaring Eagles at 7 p.m.

The complete schedule, along with results and game recaps can be found on the college’s athletic web site at http://athletics.morrisville.edu.

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.