MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Brendan Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) registered a collegiate best performance on senior day to lead host Morrisville State College men's lacrosse past visiting Hilbert College 13-7 Saturday afternoon in Morrisville.
Shannon's team high four goals and three assists outing positioned Morrisville State in sole possession of second place in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) standings, as they boast a 11-3 overall record, 5-1 record in conference play. Hilbert drops to 6-4 overall, 4-2 in NEAC action.
Louie Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) also notched four goals on the day, assisting one, while teammate John Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) registered a hat trick with three scores. Tom Rosaschi (East Syracuse, N.Y.) and Eliud Evans (Culver City, Calif.) rounded out goal scoring with one apiece for the Mustangs.
Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) picked up the win between the pipes, registering eight saves on the day, four in the second half of action to keep Hilbert scoreless over the final two quarters of play.
Hilbert's Drew Ulbrich led the Hawk efforts with two tallies and an assist, while five additional players each notched one.
Brenden Deady posted the loss, despite a 16 save performance in net for the Hawks.
Morrisville State took an early 1-0 lead on an unassisted tally by Sherlock just 53 seconds in, and Geswaldo made it a two goal game just over a minute later with this 28th tally of the year, but Hilbert posted two straight to even the contest with 9:28 to go in the opening quarter.
Two quick scores by the Mustangs regained the two goal advantage, but a man up score by Nick Kieffer off the face-off win for Hilbert sparked a 4-0 Hawk run into the second quarter to give the visitors a 6-4 lead with 3:46 remaining in the half.
In what was the quickest score in Mustang history as of late, Shannon won the ensuing face-off for Morrisville State, and was left wide open down the center of the field, where he buried the ball to cut the lead to one just seven seconds later.
Doug Takac regained a two goal lead for the visitors with 59 ticks remaining, but Shannon struck again off the face-off win 11 seconds later down the center with the unassisted tally to send the Mustangs into the break trailing 7-6.
The lone score of the third quarter came at the 4:50 mark as Nick Perrotta (Albany, N.Y.) forced a turnover and cleared the ball to a wide open Sherlock for the game tying score.
Morrisville State went on the man advantage to start the fourth quarter, and it became a game of one for the senior class, as a senior was involved in 5-of-6 scoring opportunities.
The Mustangs took advantage of two Hawk players in the box with two quick tallies, both from Geswaldo, to regain the lead that was lost early on in the second quarter.
One of Geswaldo's tallies came off the feed from Shannon, who then turned around and assisted the next Mustang score, a feed across crease to a wide open Evans on the left post.
Senior Tim Freier (Geneva, N.Y.) connected with Shannon at the 5:39 mark to put the Mustangs up four, and Shannon put the Hawks away with 2:44 to go, adding his fourth point of the quarter with an unassisted tally.
Sherlock added the final Morrisville State score with just 15 ticks to go, burying the ball off a cross crease pass from Shannon.
Morrisville State held the 43-20 advantage over Hilbert in shots, out shooting the visitors 26-7 in the second half alone. The Mustangs edged the Hawks at the center line, winning 12-of 23 face-offs, 5-of-6 coming from Shannon himself.
Penalties proved costly for Hilbert as Morrisville State capitalized on 4-of-8 extra man opportunities.
Morrisville State returns to the field next Saturday, traveling to Medaille for the regular season finale.
Prior to the game, the Mustangs honored its 2014 graduating class, acknowledging seniors Casey O'Hare (Albany, N.Y.), Andrew Button (Penn Yan, N.Y.), Mike Kellogg (Pawling, N.Y.), Michael Freier (Geneva, N.Y.), Tim Frier, and Shannon.
Today's game also was the fourth annual Mustangs Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) benefit game, raising donations and awareness for the non-profit organization that assists our servicemen and women in need within our military branches.
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