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Velazquez named NAC Western Division Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year

Peck, Anderson, Hartnett, and Faulkenburgh earn All-Conference honors
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference team selections, naming Morrisville State College senior midfielder Carmen Velazquez (Syracuse, NY/Fowler) the Player of the Year, while garnering first team honors along with teammate Elizabeth Peck (Antwerp, NY/Indian River).

Jamie Anderson (Harpursville, NY/Harpursville), Hillary Hartnett (Fairport, NY/Fairport) and Alison Faulkenburgh (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) each took home second team honors.

Velazquez led Morrisville State in scoring, recording 46 goals (16 free position) and eight assists for 54 team points, and leads the team in ground balls (54) and draw controls (34). Velazquez currently ranks 5th in the conference statistics in goals per game (3.54), seventh in points per game (4.15) and is first in free position goals per game (1.23). Her performance this season moved her into second on the all-time scoring leader board.

Peck, junior defender for the Mustangs, led Morrisville State in caused turnovers (23), is second in draw controls (33) and third in ground balls (42). Overall in conference standings, she is ranked fourth in caused turnovers per game (1.77). Peck turned in a career best performance against College of St. Elizabeth, netting five goals and causing four turnovers. Against Medaille, she picked up a season best six ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Freshman midfielder, Anderson, is third on the team in scoring for Morrisville State with 24 goals and eight assists (32 team points) and is second in ground balls (49), second in caused turnovers (18) and third in draw controls (30). She turned in a collegiate best performance against Cazenovia (6 goals, 7 ground balls, 3 draws) and followed with a six goal, two assist, three ground ball, and two draw control performance against Penn State Abington.

Hartnett, sophomore, is second on the team in scoring from the midfield position, tallying 30 goals and six assists for 36 team points. She is fourth on the team in draw controls (25) and has tallied 12 caused turnovers this season. Hartnett turned in a collegiate best performance against Wilson, netting five goals and two assists. Against Elmira, she had a collegiate best four ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Falkenburgh, sophomore high defender for the Mustangs, was fifth on the team in scoring (12 goals and 2 assists) while picking up 27 ground balls, nine draw controls and causing seven turnovers. In the win's over Wilson and Medaille, she recorded a career best three goals.

Morrisville State concludes their season this afternoon against Alfred University, while finishing in third place overall in NAC West standings with a 5-3 conference record.

Beginning with the 2010 season, North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) members Cazenovia, College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Medaille, Penn State - Abington, SUNY Morrisville, Wells, and Wilson will play as associate members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in a West Division. Each division will hold a championship and the two divisional champions will meet to determine the conference champion.

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.