MARCY, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's lacrosse team claimed their fourth straight regular season conference title Wednesday, topping host SUNY Polytechnic by a 15-8 final score in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action in Marcy.
The Mustangs cap off the 2018 regular season with an undefeated 8-0 NEAC record, their third perfect slate in four seasons, and improve to 9-7 overall as they await conference tournament pairings, as announced by the NEAC office this weekend.
Sophomore Chris Dovi (Cortland, N.Y.) notched four goals and assisted two more to lead the visitors to the win, with fellow attackman Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) added four more, also assisting one.
Dan Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) recorded the win in net, appearing for three quarters of action and recording six saves, before fellow senior goalkeeper Paul Gates (West Winfield, N.Y.) finished out the contest for the final quarter.
Morrisville State edged the hosts in shots on the night, 40-29, and also held the advantage in the ground ball battle, 33-30. Nate McCormick (Cortland, N.Y.) collected five pick-ups for the Mustangs, winning 6-of-10 face-offs. Chad Temple (Minoa, N.Y.) recorded four to go along with a team high five caused turnovers.
Morrisville State opened with the first score of the night minutes into the first quarter, as Dovi connected with Piedigrossi for his 12th tally of the season.
After a tying Poly score, the visitors rattled off five straight, including three from Geswaldo, to carry the 6-1 advantage into the second frame.
Geswaldo notched his fourth of the contest 1:30 into the second quarter, his second man-up score of the night, before Poly added a score of their own at the 11 minute mark.
Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.), Mike Ready (Lafayette, N.Y.) and Piedigrossi each posted a goal for the Mustangs over the final nine minutes of the quarter, out gunning the hosts 4-1 to carry the 10-2 advantage into the locker room at the break.
Poly notched two in the third to cut the Morrisville State deficit to six, but Dovi posted back to back tallies within a span of seven seconds to regain an eight goal lead for the Mustangs after three quarters of action.
Dovi continued the hot stick into the fourth, adding his third of the contest nearly three minutes in, before a second tally by Cline increased the Mustang lead to double digits for the first time of the night at the 11:39 mark.
Dovi collected his fourth of the contest, and 18th of the season, off the feed from Geswaldo at 11:01 for the 15-4 lead, but the hosts wouldn't go away easily as they closed out the night with four straight tallies in the final three minutes of play.
Morrisville State will learn its semifinal opponent Sunday, as announced by the conference office.
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.