MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's lacrosse team saw its season come to an end Saturday, as they dropped a 13-5 decision to Keuka College in the title game of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Tournament.
Morrisville State concludes its season with a 13-4 overall record.
John Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) and Richie Fischer (Rochester, N.Y.) each posted two goals in the loss for the Mustangs, as teammate Brendan Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) posted the other Morrisville State tally.
Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) made 14 stops in the loss between the pipes.
Jamie Kuppel led Keuka with four goals, as six additional teammates contributed to the win. Eric Saltrelli posted the win, registering 10 stops, leading to the award of the tournament's most valuable player award.
Keuka scored out of the opening gates with an unassisted tally by James Voigt just 1:25 into the contest, and took a 3-0 lead before Morrisville State was able to get on the board with a diving shot from Sherlock as he rolled the right side of the crease and split two defenders minutes into the second quarter.
Kuppel would add his second of the day 1:43 before the half, extending the Keuka lead to 4-1 at the break.
The Storm opened the third with five straight tallies before Shannon broke the scoring drought for the Mustangs with a rifle from the top of the box that ricocheted off the cross bar and across the goal line for the score, making it a 9-2 game with 6:49 to go in the quarter.
Cory Gray regained the eight goal lead for the hosts seconds later, but a fast break transition from Louie Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) to Fischer led to a man down score at the 4:08 mark, sending it into the final frame with a 10-3 margin in favor of the Storm.
Keuka posted two straight in the top of the fourth, before Fischer was able to cut into the lead with an unassisted tally at the 7:54 mark.
Sherlock posted his second of the day on a man advantage with 1:55 to go, but the Mustangs ran out of time as Keuka added another and collected the win.
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