SCRANTON, PA – Visiting Morrisville State College men's lacrosse was slow to get out of the gates Wednesday as they fell behind early in a 15-7 road decision to host Scranton in Pennsylvania.
The loss drops the Mustangs to 0-5 to date on the season.
Junior attackman Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) posted three tallies for Morrisville State in their offensive efforts, while four additional teammates each collected one. Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) registered an assist.
Dan Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) recorded the loss, saving 13.
Scranton opened the contest with eight straight scores over the first 25 minutes of the game before Morrisville State broke through and notched an unassisted tally off the stick of Geswaldo with just under a minute to go in the half.
After an early Scranton tally in the third, Geswaldo countered for the Mustangs with his second of the game off the dish from Walberger, but the hosts collected two more for the 11-2 lead midway through the third frame.
Geswaldo collected a third score at the 5:09 mark and Zach Palin (Lafayette, N.Y.) added another at 3:39, but the hosts added two additional tallies to head into the final quarter with a nine goal advantage.
Trevor Jones (Lafayette, N.Y.) posted a man-up score early on in the fourth, followed by a first collegiate score from Thomas Knapp (Walworth, N.Y.) at the 10 minute mark, but Morrisville State struggled to close the gap until 1:10 to go when Eric Fisher (Nutley, N.J.) posted the final strike for the visitors to make it a 15-7 game.
Morrisville State's Chad Temple (Minoa, N.Y.) led the long stick efforts with five ground balls and three caused turnovers, while fellow long sticks Brendan Boles (Goshen, N.Y.) and David Gullen (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) each added five, as the Mustangs collected 33 ground balls on the day.
The Mustangs return to the field Saturday, traveling to SUNY Cortland for a 3:30 p.m. non-league matchup.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.