CANTON, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 14-2 non-conference victory over host SUNY Canton Monday afternoon in dominating fashion.
The win lifts the Mustangs to 5-2 overall on the season, as they head into North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action starting Wednesday.
Eight posted goals for the Mustangs on the afternoon, including Eliud Evans (Culver City, Calif.) who led Morrisville State with a collegiate best three goal, two assist performance. Teammate Jeremy Beresovoy (Jamesville, N.Y.) added a hat trick of his own, also assisting another, while teammates Joseph Chazen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Richie Fischer (Rochester, N.Y.) each added two scores and an assist.
Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) turned away five in the first half of action to record the win, before being relieved by Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) who registered six saves in the second half, five alone in the final quarter.
Chris Gamble and Taylor Caswell were the lone Roos to tally scores on the day, while goalkeeper Dylan Dix posted 26 saves, including 12 stops in the second quarter, in the losing effort.
Morrisville State got the offensive game rolling from the get-go, registering the first score just 1:18 into the first quarter, as attackman John Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) rifled the ball past Dix off the feed from Evans following the successful clear.
The Mustangs made it 2-0 nearly a minute later, as Evans posted his first tally of the day off the dish from Chazen.
Chazen extended the lead to three with 1:51 to go in the opening quarter before Caswell got the Roos on the board with an unassisted tally with eight seconds remaining in the quarter.
In the second, Morrisville State notched five unanswered tallies in the first seven minutes of the quarter, carrying the commanding 8-1 lead into the half. Tim Freier (Geneva, N.Y.) ignited the Mustang offensive blitz with a goal off the feed from Fischer, before Brendan Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) added an unassisted score a mere 45 seconds later.
Fischer buried a pass from Tom Rosaschi (East Syracuse, N.Y.) with 9:39 to go in the quarter, and Louie Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) another a minute later, before connecting with Evans at 7:24 for the 8-1 Mustang lead.
Canton responded to an early Mustang score at 11:07 in the third quarter, but Morrisville State proved too much as they posted the final five goals of the game en route to the win.
Morrisville State held the 61-20 advantage in shots on the day, dominated the ground ball battle 63-36, and were successful on the center line 12-of-20 times on the day.
Morrisville State returns to the field Wednesday, opening NEAC action on the road at local rival Cazenovia College. Faceoff is at 4 p.m. in Cazenovia.
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