MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has named its 2018 Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, selecting Morrisville State College's Jason Longo, for a fifth time.
Longo, as voted by his peers, guided the Mustangs to their fourth straight NEAC regular season title, and seventh overall, behind an undefeated 8-0 season for the third time in the last four years.
Under his direction, Morrisville State collected its fourth consecutive NEAC Tournament title, and made its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
The ninth year head coach for the Mustangs has guided the program to a collective 62-5 overall record in conference play throughout his career, and a 99-50 overall record.
His 99th win came in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament two days ago, as Morrisville State collected the 8-7 overtime victory over Eastern University, the program's first within NCAA Tournament play.
This is the sixth season under the tutelage of Longo that Morrisville State has finished with an undefeated conference slate (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018), capturing regular season titles in those same seasons, along with another in 2017 after the Mustangs finished 7-1 in conference play.
His squad led the conference in numerous categories across the 2018 season, including goals scored, assists, goals per game, ground balls, face-off percentage and goals against average.
Longo was named Coach of the Year by the NEAC in 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and now in 2018, and throughout his time has coached numerous all-conference selections, along with individual award winners that have earned Rookie, Player or Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Under his leadership, the Mustangs had nine earn All-Conference accolades in 2018, including Rookie of the Year honors in Nate McCormick (Cortland, N.Y.).
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.