MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office announced its 2016-17 Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Team selections Wednesday, with 40 student-athletes receiving honors on the first, second and third teams, including eight from the three-time regular season champion Morrisville State College Mustangs.
Sophomore's Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) and Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) earned first team accolades for the Mustangs, while Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.), Kyle Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.), Sean Fay (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) each garnered second team recognition.
Geswaldo led Morrisville State in scoring on the season, netting 41 goals and assisting 17 others for a team high 58 points, while adding four caused turnovers and 25 ground balls to his tallies. The sophomore posted 3+ goals in 10 games on the year, including a high six against Cobleskill. He also posted a single game high nine points against Bryn Athyn, netting five and assisting four others in the victory.
Geswaldo ranks first overall in the NEAC in man up goals, and is fourth in goals scored, ranking fifth in points. His efforts on the field have led to two NEAC Player of the Week selections. Geswaldo earned third team All-Conference honors a year ago, and was named the NEAC Rookie of the Year.
Walberger had a dominating season for the Mustangs as a face-off specialist, winning 152-of-256 from the center X, 100-of-151 of which came within NEAC play, a 66.2 win percentage. He added 80 ground balls to his tallies on the year, while netting two goals and assisting five for seven team points. The sophomore, who saw very limited time last season, posted a single game high 27 wins at the center line (27-of-35) against Cazenovia, while picking up a collegiate best 24 ground balls in the win.
Walberger ranks seventh overall in ground balls in the conference, and is third in overall face-offs. Within conference play, he ranks second and is eighth in faceoff percentage, while ranking second in ground balls.
Biggs posted 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points on the year for the Mustangs, finishing the season with five man-up scores where he ranked seventh overall in the NEAC. The junior added 14 ground balls and four caused turnovers to his tallies. Biggs netted a single game best four points behind three goals and an assist in the win over SUNY Poly, and registered 2+ goals in five games on the year, including against Cazenovia.
Shannon posted 13 goals and assisted six others for 19 points for the Mustangs from the midfield position. He was often looked to in the transition game, as well as settling the attack from up top of the zone. The senior added 12 ground balls and three caused turnovers to his tallies on the year, posting a single game best three ground balls at Hilbert. He also had a single game high four goals in the win over SUNY Poly, and recorded three points against Cazenovia where he scored twice and assisted one.
Shannon ranks 11th overall in the NEAC in man up goals.
Fay ranked second on the team in caused turnovers (14) from his long stick position, often chosen to mark the top opposing attackman, and served as a key role to the defensive unit that allowed 6.75 goals on average in conference play. The sophomore also picked up 24 ground balls in 13 games played, collecting a high four in the win over Cobleskill, before causing a best three turnovers in the win over SUNY Poly.
Catalfano returned to the Mustang lineup this season and collected a 8-5 record between the pipes, while recording 132 saves for a 57.6 save percentage. The senior posted a 8.97 goals against average across the year, reaching double figures in saves seven times, including a high 23 against Oswego and 18 against nationally ranked SUNY Cortland.
Within conference play, Catalfano registered a 7-1 record in net, a 7.02 goals against average, and a 55.6 save percentage, allowing just 40 goals in eight games. He had a single game high 16 in the win over Hilbert where he registered a 76.2 save percentage. His efforts on the field earned him NEAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades once.
Greger, a long stick midfielder for the Mustangs, wrapped up the regular season with 44 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers, adding three points offensively behind his two goals and assist. The junior finished second on the team in ground balls, where he also ranks 20th in the NEAC (12th within conference action alone).
His 22 caused turnovers rank sixth overall among all conference competitors. Greger, who had a single game high eight ground balls against Medaille, was a second team All-Conference selection last season.
Peters made the move to the midfield from attack last season to provide support and additional opportunities for the Mustangs in the offensive transition. The sophomore collected 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists, while adding nine ground balls in 13 games played. Peters had a single game high five points on the year, netting three goals and assisting two others in the win over Kings College, adding a conference high four points with one goal and three assists in the win over Cazenovia. He was a second team All-Conference selection last season.
The full All-Conference Team honorees can be found here.
Morrisville State will meet second seeded Cazenovia College for the NEAC Tournament title on Saturday. Face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Drake Field in Morrisville.
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.