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Morrisville State men stage fourth quarter comeback for 11-10 win over Keuka

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team trailed 10-6 with less than seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter before netting five straight scores to top host Keuka College 11-10 Wednesday night in Penn Yan.

Morrisville State improves to 4-1 overall with the win, picking up their first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory of the season. Keuka drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in NEAC action.

Morrisville State opened the night with two quick scores from Dean Priest (Hinesburg, VT) and Andrew Stein (Oswego, NY) before Keuka battled back, netting five straight to take the 5-2 lead at the end of one.

Stein and Adam Lewis (Painted Post, NY) each netted a score in the second quarter but the Storm held a 6-4 lead over Morrisville State to head into the halftime period.

Morrisville and Keuka traded goals in the third as the Storm held on to the two goal advantage over the Mustangs after three.

Keuka extended the lead to 10-6 midway through the final quarter before a score by Stein with 6:29 to go ignited the Mustang attack. Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) followed less than a minute later and within 44 seconds, Thomas Owens (Cazenovia, NY) and Priest each found the back of the net, knotting the game at 10 with five minutes remaining.

With 1:20 to go on the clock, Priest forced a Keuka turnover and advanced the ball to Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY) who put the game winner in the back net.

Michael Hinchey (Kingston, NY) turned away a last minute Storm attack, adding a save to his six total on the night.

Andrew Stein led Morrisville State with three goals on the night, adding six ground balls and three caused turnovers to his tallies, while brother Eric added a score and assisted three, picking up seven ground balls and winning 14 face-offs.

Priest tallied two goals and assisted another while Lewis collected two scores. Owens, Nick Christopoulos (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and Bobbett rounded out Morrisville State scoring with one goal each.

Chris Reddington led the Keuka Storm with five goals, as teammate Mark Butto added two.

Brett Leonard made 20 stops in the loss for Keuka, 14 in the first half.

Morrisville State returns to the field Sunday, traveling to Medaille College for a 2 p.m. start.

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.