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Cazenovia native, Jason Longo, named NEAC Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has named Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse coach, Jason Longo (LeMoyne 2008 graduate), the 2010 Coach of the Year.

Longo, in his first season as head coach of the program, along with assistant coach Blake Gale (Lafayette resident, LeMoyne 2009 graduate), led the Mustangs to an 11-3 overall record this season, a program best, went undefeated in conference play at 6-0, and were awarded the regular season conference championship trophy.

A year ago, the Mustangs finished the season with a 4-12 overall record, and with a few fundamental changes, they have turned the program into one that has put up a fight and posted seven upset victories this season over teams that have dominated Morrisville State in the past, including an 8-7 double overtime victory over SUNY Brockport in early April.

Not only is Morrisville State College serving as the host for the 2010 NEAC Men’s Lacrosse Championships this weekend, they are entering the tournament as the top seed, playing fourth seed SUNY Cobleskill in the second semi-final Friday night at 7 p.m. on Drake Field on the Morrisville State campus.

Both Longo and Gale are utilizing their post-season playing experience with the Dolphins heading into the weekend’s action, focusing the Mustangs on remaining poised and adjusting game strategy to force opponents to “step up” if they want to knock Morrisville State out of the tournament.

“We are very grateful and proud of our guys for all of the hard work they have put forth throughout the season. At the beginning of the year, we didn’t expect to have immediate success, but because of their work ethic and dedication, they very much deserve to be where they are today,” said Longo of the team.

A native of Cazenovia, Longo played two years of lacrosse for Onondaga Community College at attack earning NJCAA All-American honors in each season of play, while earning Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. Completing his career at LeMoyne, he garnered all-conference honors, was instrumental to the Dolphins claiming the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and NCAA Division II Championship titles, earning NE-10 Championship Tournament most valuable player honors.

Second seed Medaille College faces off against third seed Keuka College in the first semi-final, scheduled at 4 p.m. The winners advance to the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday in Morrisville.

For further information regarding the tournament, contact the Morrisville State sports information office at 315-684-6250.

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.