Morrisville State men fall in road battle at Cortland

Morrisville State men fall in road battle at Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College men's lacrosse hit the road Tuesday afternoon to nationally ranked #11 SUNY Cortland, and fell in non-conference action, as the hosts collected the 16-5 victory on Stadium Red field in Cortland.

Morrisville State (0-3), who has been battling a tough lineup of a non-conference schedule in the beginning of 2017, will return to the field Thursday, hosting Kings College at 4 p.m.

Sophomore Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) led Morrisville State's efforts with three goals in the loss, with additional scoring coming off the sticks of Corey Grace (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and Peter Pina (Culver City, Calif.) who each posted one on the day.

Chris Dovi (Cortland, N.Y.) and Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.) registered assists, Biggs connecting with two.

Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) made 18 stops in net for the Mustangs, despite the loss, including nine in the second quarter.

Morrisville State was first to strike in the contest, as Geswaldo netted the first Mustang score at 9:10 in the opening quarter off the feed from Biggs, to give the visitors the 1-0 lead after an extra man opportunity.

After back to back tallies by Cortland with under five to go in the first, Biggs found Geswaldo again on the man-up opportunity, tying the game at two with 1:30 remaining in the first.

Cortland, however, quickly regained the lead seconds later to carry the 3-2 lead into the second quarter and didn't hold back as they posted 11 straight goals between the second and third periods for the commanding 14-3 lead after three.

Pina broke the Mustangs scoring drought 13:21 in the fourth before Geswaldo collected his third of the contest at the 6:29 mark.

Grace added the final tally for Morrisville State with just five seconds showing on the clock, making it a 16-5 final in favor of the Red Dragons.

Morrisville State converted 2-of-5 extra man opportunities on the afternoon as Cortland was whistled for eight total penalties across the contest.

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