MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2017 Division III North Men's Lacrosse All-Star Team selections Thursday, naming two from Morrisville State to its second team.
Sophomores Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) and Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) earned the accolade for the Mustangs following a stellar 2017 season that claimed a third straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Title and appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament for Morrisville State.
Geswaldo started all 16 contests for the Mustangs at attack, netting a team best 48 goals and 18 assists for 66 points on the year. Two of his tallies were game winners for Morrisville State, and 12 came on extra man opportunities, while adding 30 ground balls and six caused turnovers to his tallies.
The 2017 NEAC first team All-Conference honoree and Offensive Player of the Year finished his sophomore campaign leading the league in goals scored (48), ranking third overall in points tallied. He also ranked sixth overall in the NCAA in individual man-up tallies, again topping the conference in the stats category, while ranking 34th overall in goals scored per game.
A graduate of Lafayette High, Geswaldo is majoring in horticulture at Morrisville State. The two-time All-Conference honoree and two-time individual award winner (2016 NEAC Rookie of the Year) is the son of Vicky and Louis Geswaldo of Lafayette.
Walberger was an effective force for the Mustangs from the center X.
A NEAC first team All-Conference honoree, Walberger ranked second overall in the conference standings in face-off wins, collecting 173 victories from the center in 306 attempts (.565%); while collecting a team best 91 ground balls.
Walberger also contributed to the Mustangs offensive game, netting two goals and assisting another five for seven points, while adding 25 caused turnovers.
His single game total 24 ground balls on 27-of-35 face-off wins from the center line against Cazenovia set a new all-time record for the Mustangs midway through the season.
Walberger finished the season ranked second overall in the NEAC in face off wins, and was ranked 78th overall in Division III in face-off winning percentage, while ranking 72nd in ground balls per game.
The graduate of G. Ray Bodley High in Fulton is majoring in criminal justice at Morrisville State. He is the son of Stephanie and Shawn Walberger of Fulton.
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.