MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College athletics department has announced its weekly award winners for the week ending March 5, naming freshman forward Vanessa Klimpke (Winnipeg, MB) and senior goalkeeper Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) the Mustang Athletes of the Week.
Klimpke assisted Morrisville State women's hockey to the program's first ever Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Championship Title over the weekend, leading the Mustangs with three goals and an assist.
The freshman, who was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, recorded two goals in the 4-2 win over SUNY Canton on Saturday in the semifinals, scoring what would be the game winner 1:30 into the third period.
On Sunday in the title game, against top seeded and #8/10 ranked Endicott College, Klimpke posted the first score for the Mustangs going end to end on the ice for the unassisted score, kicking off what would be a three goal period for Morrisville State en route to the win. Klimpke also registered an assist in the championship final, on the game winner midway through the period.
The CHC Rookie of the Year wrapped up her inaugural collegiate season with 36 points on 23 goals and 13 assists, while finishing with an on-ice rating of +31.
The freshman is a graduate of Westwood Collegiate and is majoring in health related studies at Morrisville State. She is the daughter of Shelley and Brue Klimpke of Winnipeg.
Catalfano earns Mustang Athlete of the Week accolades for the first time in his career, after collecting 15 saves between the pipes in the season opener for the men's lacrosse team last Wednesday.
In the contest, Catalfano faced 26 shots and turned away 10 in the opening half alone, also adding a ground ball to his tallies on the day.
The senior is a graduate of Greece Arcadia High and is majoring in human performance and health promotion at Morrisville State.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.