MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's lacrosse team opened the 2015 season campaign Saturday afternoon, posting the decisive 17-6 non-conference victory over visiting SUNY Canton on Drake Field in Morrisville.
The win is the first for the Mustangs on the year.
Louie Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) led Morrisville State with five goals and an assist, while teammate John Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) put forward a five point game behind his one goal and four assist performance. Richie Fischer (Rochester, N.Y.) added a hat trick with three scores, as seven additional teammates notched goals to contribute to the win.
Freshman Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.) contributed four points with two goals and two assists, posting his first collegiate tally in the first quarter, while teammates William Hamm (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Bryan Cline (Cicero, N.Y.) also registered their first collegiate score.
Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) collected the win in net, turning away eight in three quarters before being relieved by Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) for the fourth quarter, who posted three saves.
Canton's Chris Gamble and Ryan Cardiff each posted two goals to lead the Roo efforts, with Gamble adding an assist.
Jack Elberty and Garrett DiTullio each added a score and an assist in the loss.
Corey Spuck recorded the loss between the pipes, making 22 stops, including eight in the third quarter.
Morrisville State came out of the gates on fire, notching the first three tallies in the opening quarter before Canton was able to get on the board. Two of those scores came off the stick of Geswaldo, who added another in the closing minute of the quarter to collect the hat trick early on.
The Mustangs took a 5-1 lead into the second, before racking up nine straight goals for a 14-1 advantage midway through the third. Canton was able to break up the Morrisville State scoring frenzy with a tally at the 6:03 mark as Gamble found Elberty, but again the Mustangs answered right back with one additional goal to close the quarter with the 15-2 lead.
In the fourth, Canton rallied for four goals while the Mustangs added two more to make it a 17-6 final.
Morrisville State outshot Canton 56-30 on the day, and held the 34-30 advantage in ground balls, four that were collected by Biggs.
Scott Augustine (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) assisted Morrisville State in victory at the center 'X', winning 6-of-10 faceoffs.
Morrisville State returns to the field next Saturday, hosting SUNY Geneseo at 3 p.m. on Drake Field.
Morrisville State'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.
In addition to being named to the 2014 President's Higher Community Education Service Honor Roll, the college was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an institution in the top tier of the Best Regional Colleges list and ranked second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation rate. For more information visit www.morrisville.edu.