MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore attackman Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) registered a team high nine points to lead host Morrisville State College men's lacrosse to a 17-7 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win over visiting Bryn Athyn College Wednesday afternoon on Drake Field in Morrisville.
The win is the second straight for the Mustangs in conference play (2-0), as they improve their overall record to 3-4 to date on the season. Bryn Athyn (2-7) drops to 0-2 in NEAC action.
Geswaldo, who posted the first tally of the game just under a minute in, went on to score a game total five goals, and assisted another four, to lead the Mustangs in the win. Corey Grace (Penn Yan, N.Y.) added two tallies of his own in the Morrisville State victory, also dishing out three assists for a game total five points.
Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) collected five stops in the victory between the pipes, before being replaced by Dan Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) for the final eight minutes of the contest. Sherlock registered one save.
Morrisville State outshot the Lions 45-22, and had an additional seven players register goals on the day alongside Geswaldo and Grace.
After an early score by Geswaldo, Bryn Athyn's Christian Blair tied the game at one with an unassisted tally of his own nearly 30 seconds later, before Morrisville State went on a five goal run that expanded into the second quarter for the 6-1 lead with 12:21 to go before the half.
Morrisville State would add two additional scores before the half, carrying the 8-2 advantage into the third.
Just nine seconds into the second half, Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) won the faceoff and pushed the ball up field to Grace who hit a cutting Geswaldo for his second score of the afternoon.
Geswaldo would add two more in the third quarter alone, before Richard Yelk (Reading, PA) netted one with a between the legs shot as time expired for the 12-4 Mustang lead after three.
Morrisville State outscored the visitors 5-3 in the final quarter, including a fifth from Geswaldo with nine minutes to go, putting the game out of reach for the Lions as the Mustangs collected the conference win.
Walberger finished with 10 wins at the center line, collecting a team high seven ground balls, as Morrisville State held the 28-20 advantage in the battle on the ground.
Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, traveling to Wells College for a 6:30 p.m. faceoff against the Express.
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.