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Morrisville and Medaille to meet for NEAC Men's Lacrosse Championship Title on Sunday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Top seed Morrisville State College and second seed Medaille College each advanced to the 2010 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament title on Sunday, defeating semi-final opponents Keuka and Cobleskill respectively.

In the first of the tournament’s semi-final action, Medaille edged third seed Keuka 12-10 for the victory.

Leading 6-5 at the half, the Mavericks put three away to the Storm’s one, for the three goal advantage heading into the final quarter. With 13:04 remaining, Jim Luthart (Amherst, NY) gave Medaille the 10-6 lead with an unassisted score before Keuka’s Anthony Jones (Syracuse, NY) responded less than a minute later.

Luthart again extended the Maverick lead to four just nine seconds later, but Keuka netted two straight to cut the lead to two with 3:39 to go.

With 3:32 remaining, Charlie Coogan (Rome, NY) netted the final goal for the Mavericks, an unassisted score, for a 12-9 lead. Mike Crumlish (Rochester, NY) found Chris Redington (Rochester, NY) with 52 seconds to go in the contest to cut the lead to two for the Storm, but Medaille’s Jordan Ellis (Orchard Park, NY) turned away a crucial last minute Keuka attack to secure the win.

Luthart led all scorers on the night, netting four goals and assisting two others as teammates Joe Kozvoski (Ajax, ON), Matt Dunkle (Hamburg, NY) and Joe Glieco (Williamsville, NY) each scored two. Coogan had a team high seven ground balls, winning 18-of-26 face-offs on the night.

Ellis made 16 saves to record the win in net for the Mavericks who improves to 8-6 overall, 6-1 in conference play.

Mark Butto (Rochester, NY) and Redington each netted three goals to lead the Storms efforts, while Jones posted two goals and two assists on the day.

Brett Leonard (Syracuse, NY) recorded the loss in net, stopping 14 as the Storm concludes their season with an 5-9 overall record, 4-3 in NEAC action.

In the second semi-final, Morrisville State exploded for five goals in the second quarter and held on for the 8-5 victory over fourth seed SUNY Cobleskill to advance to the championship on Sunday.

Cobleskill’s Peter Gonzalez (West Islip, NY) netted the lone goal of the third quarter to cut the Mustang lead to three, before Shane Francis (Akwesasne Territory) and Brian Murphy (Cross River, NY) each posted a score in the fourth to bring the Fighting Tigers to within one with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

With 3:37 to go, Thomas Owens (Cazenovia, NY) netted his second of the night to regain a two goal advantage for Morrisville State, and with 1:04 to go Eric Stein (Oswego, NY) sealed the win with an unassisted score for the 8-5 victory.

Tim Bobbett (Cazenovia, NY) led Morrisville State with three goals and an assist, as teammates Stein and Owens each added two. Dean Priest (Hinesburg, VT) rounded out Mustang scoring with a goal. Tom Moore (Rush, NY) picked up a game high 10 ground balls, and caused four turnovers for the Mustangs.

Michael Hinchey (Kingston, NY) recorded the win in net, saving six on the night as Morrisville State improved to 12-3 overall, 7-0 in conference action.

Murphy led the Cobleskill efforts with a three goal performance with Gonzalez and Francis each adding one. Matt Pellegrini (Copiague, NY) had two assists. Alex Bendon (Latham, NY) had a team high eight ground balls on the night.

Jake Lazore (Akwesasne Territory) recorded the loss between the pipes for the Fighting Tigers, saving 12, as Cobleskill ends their season with a 6-11 overall record, 3-4 in NEAC play.

Morrisville State and Medaille will meet for the second time this season, playing for the tournament title at 1 p.m. on Sunday on Drake Field on the Morrisville State College campus. Earlier in the season, the Mustangs defeated Medaille 16-9.

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.