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Potsdam nets last second goal to hand Morrisville State men's lacrosse first loss

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Potsdam senior midfielder Ben McCullough (Brampton, ON) fired the game winning shot as time expired to give the Bears the 10-9 victory over host Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse Monday afternoon in Morrisville.

The loss drops Morrisville State to 3-1 on the season, while Potsdam improves to 3-0 overall.

Garrett Sharp (Canton, NY) gave Potsdam an early 1-0 lead with 10:23 to go in the first quarter before Morrisville State’s Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY) evened the contest just over two minutes later.

Potsdam regained the one goal advantage at 7:14 with an unassisted score from Sean McAulliffe (Watertown, NY) and Sharp increased it to two with 5:29 to go before Morrisville State went on a 7-0 run over the next 17 minutes of play.

Bobbett netted three straight to end the first quarter with a 4-3 lead for the Mustangs. Thomas Owens (Cazenovia, NY) started Morrisville State with 12:36 to go in the second, netting the man up score off an assist from Bobbett, before Bobbett fired off three straight again for the Mustangs for the commanding 8-3 lead at the half.

Potsdam rallied for the comeback in the fourth quarter, netting four straight, one from Sharp, two from Ryan Paparella (Whitesboro, NY) and another from McAulliffe to even the contest at eight.

Morrisville’s Adam Lewis (Painted Post, NY) regained the one goal lead for the Mustangs with 1:05 to go off an assist from Andrew Stein (Oswego, NY) and seconds later Paparella notched his third of the game to even the contest for the Bears at nine.

Potsdam won the ensuing face-off and advanced the ball into their offensive zone, and with less than five seconds remaining on the clock, McCullough rolled crease and shot the game winner past Morrisville State keeper, Michael Hinchey (Kingston, NY), as time expired for the 10-9 non-conference victory.

Bobbett led all scorers on the afternoon with seven goals and an assist, while Owens and Lewis rounded out Morrisville scoring with one goal and two assists a piece.

Potsdam’s Paparella and Sharp tallied three goals each for the Bears in the win with McAulliffe and McCullough each contributing two. Billy Richards (Niskayuna, NY) saved 16 in the win for the Bears to remain undefeated.

Morrisville State’s Hinchey recorded the loss between the pipes, saving 13.

Potsdam edged Morrisville State 36-35 in shots and held the 42 to 35 advantage in ground balls, but the difference in the contest proved to be the advantage in face-offs, where the Bears tallied 14 to the Mustangs seven on the afternoon.

Morrisville State returns to the field Wednesday, opening North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action against rival Keuka College. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Penn Yan.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.