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Morrisville State men remain at top of conference with 16-9 win over Medaille

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Andrew Stein (Oswego, NY) tallied six points on three goals and three assists to lead visiting Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse to the 16-9 victory over North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Medaille College Sunday afternoon in Buffalo.

Morrisville State improves to 5-1 overall with the win, the program’s best start since transitioning to the NCAA, while remaining at the top of conference action with a 2-0 overall record. Medaille falls to 2-3 overall while dropping to 0-1 in the conference.

Tom Moore (Rush, NY) gave Morrisville State the early 1-0 lead over Medaille, netting the first score minutes into the contest off a pass from Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY). Within minutes, Mavericks leading scorer, Tyler Strassburg notched the game at one, but Medaille couldn’t stop the Mustangs as Bobbett added his first of the afternoon and teammate Adam Lewis (Painted Post, NY) followed with two goals in two minutes to give Morrisville State the 4-1 lead after the first quarter.

In the second, Nick Christopoulos (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and Devin Maxwell (Culver City, CA) each found the back of the net to increase the Mustangs lead to five before Morrisville State and Medaille each traded scores for the remainder of the quarter. Stein notched an unassisted score with two minutes to go in the quarter to send Morrisville State into the halftime period with the 10-6 advantage.

Medaille out scored the Mustangs 3-2 in the third quarter, but trailed the Mustangs 12-7 heading into the final stance.

Thirty seconds into the final quarter, Bobbett notched his third of the afternoon to give Morrisville the six goal cushion, before Medaille rallied for two quick scores to cut the lead to four with just over 11 minutes remaining.

Morrisville State added three scores in the final 5:32, one each from Stein, Tom Longland (Dunnville, ONT) and Maxwell, picking up the 16-9 conference victory.

Michael Hinchey (Kingston, NY) turned away nine while recording the win in net for Morrisville State.

Eight different players recorded goals for the Mustangs, led by Stein with three as Bobbett contributed three goals and two assists, while Lewis netted three scores and assisted another. Moore and Maxwell found the back of the net twice each, while Thomas Owens (Cazenovia, NY), Christopoulos and Longland each had one.

Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) assisted two, while leading the team in ground balls with four, and winning 11 face-offs on the afternoon.

Jim Luthart led Medaille with two goals and three assists, while teammates Jon Kozovski and Strassburg each had two goals and assisted two others. Matt Dunkle added two scores in the Maverick efforts.

Jordan Ellis recorded the loss in goal for the Mavericks, saving seven.

Morrisville State held the 45-28 advantage in shots but were edged by Medaille in ground balls 41-34 and 11-17 in face-offs.

Morrisville State returns to the field Tuesday at conference rival Cazenovia College for a 4 p.m. face-off in Cazenovia.

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.