MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The top seeded Morrisville State College men's lacrosse team posted a 14-8 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinal victory over fourth seed Bryn Athyn College Wednesday afternoon, advancing to the title game for the third time in as many years against second seed Keuka College.
Morrisville State (12-2) will face-off against second seed Keuka College (12-2) at 1 p.m. on Drake Field in Morrisville. The Wolfpack defeated third seeded Cazenovia College 17-8 in Keuka to advance. The winner of the championship final will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Bryn Athyn concludes their season with a 9-5 overall record, finishing with a 5-3 NEAC stint in 2016.
Senior John Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) led all scorers on the day with four goals, adding an assist, while teammate Logan Peters (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) had another outstanding performance against the Lions, netting three goals and assisting three others.
Kyle Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) added three goals while three additional teammates contributed to the victory.
Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) posted 13 saves between the pipes to secure the win for the Mustangs, 10 alone in the second half.
Jesse Frazier (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) paced the Lions with a two goal, two assist effort, while Andrew Coyle (Philadelphia, Pa.) added two scores.
Robert Moran (Ambler, Pa.) recorded the loss in net, despite his 17 save effort for Bryn Athyn.
It was a back and forth battle through most of the first quarter until two quick unassisted tallies by Morrisville State's Peters and Sherlock gave them the 6-4 lead after the opening 15.
In the second, both teams traded scores until Morrisville State posted two straight to take the 9-6 lead into the halftime period. Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.) posted an unassisted goal at the 1:47 mark, before a ground ball pickup by Noah Greger (Danbury, Conn.) hit a wide open Sherlock in front of the cage just 10 seconds later for the Mustang score.
A four goal effort in the third saw the Mustangs carry a 13-7 lead into the final frame, before Sherlock added the final tally of the day for Morrisville State midway through the quarter for the win.
Morrisville State nearly doubled the Lions in shots on the day, 50-26, and held the significant advantage in ground balls, 42-16. Greger picked up a team high eight, while teammate John Petriello (Carmel, N.Y.) added seven as he went 12-for-14 from the face-off stripe for the Mustangs.
Morrisville State also dominated the center 'X', winning 21-of-26 face-off attempts. Scott Augustine (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) won 9-of-12 face-offs to contribute to the victory.
The Mustangs will be making their fifth overall appearance, their third straight, in the NEAC final under head coach Jason Longo, who earlier today was named the 2016 NEAC Coach of the Year.
Live stats, video and audio will be available for Saturday's final, with links available on the college's web site at www.morrisvillestateathletics.com.
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.