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Morrisville State men dominate Cobleskill, remain undefeated in conference action

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team handed visiting SUNY Cobleskill their first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss Sunday afternoon, topping the Fighting Tigers 12-6 on Drake Field in Morrisville.

With the win, Morrisville State improves to a season best 7-2 overall record, and remain undefeated in NEAC action at 3-0. Cobleskill drops to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

Pete Gonzalez (West Islip, NY) was first to put numbers on the board for the Fighting Tigers, giving Cobleskill the early 1-0 lead just 1:33 into the first off an assist from Brian Murphy (Cross River, NY). Within minutes, Morrisville State’s Tom Moore (Rush, NY) evened it at one for the Mustangs, before Gonzalez regained the one goal advantage just over a minute later on a man advantage opportunity.

After a Devin Maxwell (Culver City, CA) score with 5:07 to go in the first, the momentum shifted to the Mustangs, who rallied for six straight goals over the next 12 minutes to claim the 8-2 lead.

Cobleskill’s lone tally of the second quarter came from Shane Francis (Akwesasne Territory) who netted the man up goal from Gonzalez at the 6:20 mark.

Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) closed out the half for the Mustangs with a goal with 18 seconds remaining, giving Morrisville the 9-3 lead at the break.

Trading goals in the third, Morrisville State took the 11-4 lead with 9:04 to go in the final quarter with a fast-break pass from JP Fried (Jordan, NY) to Adam Lewis (Painted Post, NY) for the score.

Cobleskill’s Gonzalez and Steve Hughes (Wallkill, NY) brought the Fighting Tigers back to within five with a score a piece with just over six minutes remaining, before Morrisville State’s Lewis sealed the win with a behind the back score off a pass from Stein at 3:27 for the 12-6 victory.

Gonzalez led the Cobleskill efforts with four goals and two assists on the day, while Hughes notched a score and assisted three others in the loss. Francis rounded out Fighting Tiger scoring with one goal.

Alex Bendon (Latham, NY) had a game high 13 ground balls as teammate Cory Tizzio (Franklin Square, NY) added an impressive 18 face-off wins.

Tom Knezick (Columbus, NJ) recorded the loss in net for Cobleskill, saving 10 in the first half of play. Jake Lazore (Akwesasne Territory) had 10 saves between the pipes in the final 30.

Nine Mustangs tallied points in the win for Morrisville State, with Stein leading the way with three goals and two assists, winning three face-offs and collecting nine ground balls and forcing four turnovers. Lewis added three goals, Moore two scores as Maxwell and Thomas Owens (Cazenovia, NY) each netted one and assisted another. Dean Priest (Hinesburg, VT) rounded out Mustang scoring with a goal, and Fried and Thomas Longland (Dunnville, ON) each tallied an assist.

Michael Hinchey (Kingston, NY) recorded the victory in net, recording nine saves for Morrisville, as the Mustangs dominated the Fighting Tigers 55-24 in shots and forced 43 turnovers.

Morrisville State held the 55-46 advantage in ground balls and were successful on 23 of 28 clears to Cobleskill’s 21-of-32.

Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, hosting conference opponent Wells College at 6 p.m. on Drake Field.

Cobleskill hosts conference opponent Cazenovia, Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Cobleskill.

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.