Geneseo powers past Morrisville State men in season opener, 11-5

Geneseo powers past Morrisville State men in season opener, 11-5

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Geneseo scored eight straight unanswered tallies between the second and third quarters Wednesday afternoon to hand host Morrisville State College the 11-5 non-conference defeat in the 2017 season opener on Drake Field in Morrisville.

Morrisville State (0-1) will return to the field Saturday, traveling to SUNY Oneonta for a 1 p.m. match in the first meeting between the two programs.

Kyle Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) led Morrisville State with two goals, while teammate Chris Dovi (Cortland, N.Y.) posted his first collegiate score, also adding an assist. Eric Fisher (Nutley, N.J.) and Peter Pina (Culver City, Calif.) each contributed a goal to the Mustang efforts.

Senior Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded the loss between the pipes, making 15 stops, including seven in the opening quarter.

Both teams remained scoreless in the opening quarter until the 5:33 mark when Geneseo's Zachary DeBottis was able to get one past Catalfano for the early 1-0 Knight lead. The lead was short-lived however, as a pushing penalty against the Knights gave Morrisville State the extra man which they converted into a score as Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.) fed a wide open Dovi on the left wing for the rifle into the back of the net a mere 25 seconds later.

Knotted at one after the opening frame, Geneseo posted the go ahead tally just 41 seconds into the quarter, before rattling off four more to take the 6-1 lead into the halftime break.

The Knights continued their momentum into the third, recording the first three scores, including one just 16 seconds in for the 9-1 lead, before Shannon broke the Mustang scoring drought with a second man-up goal midway through the quarter.

Geneseo would add another score late in the quarter, to carry the 10-2 advantage into the final frame.

Shannon notched his second midway through the fourth, again on a man-up opportunity, burying the feed from Dovi, before Geneseo responded with their final score of the contest just over three minutes later. Morrisville State was 3-for-6 in extra-man opportunities on the afternoon.

Morrisville State would add the final two goals of the contest, both inside three minutes remaining, including a collegiate first score by Pina off the feed from Logan Peters (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) at the 2:30 mark.

Fisher wrapped up all scoring with an unassisted goal with 36 seconds remaining in the contest for the 11-5 final in favor of the visitors.

Morrisville State held the advantage in ground balls 28-22, with Fisher and Trevor Jones (Lafayette, N.Y.) each recording a team high four.

Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) dominated the center X for the Mustangs, winning 14-of-20 face-offs.

Michael Yehl recorded the win in net for the Knights, turning away 11 while allowing three scores, before being replaced by Tyler Wetzel for the final 6:39 of the contest. Wetzel allowed two goals and made two stops.

The Mustangs hit the road for a three game road tilt, beginning Saturday at Oneonta. They will face Oswego State on the 11th and Cortland on the 21st before returning home to meet Kings College on the 23rd.

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