FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team opened the 2014 season Tuesday afternoon, topping host Farmingdale State 8-4 in non-conference action in Farmingdale.
Sophomore Louie Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) led the Mustang charge in the opener, tallying a team high three goals and assisting another, while teammate Jeremy Beresovoy (Jamesville, N.Y.) added another three scores, and a team high four ground balls.
Andrew Donoghue (Rochester, N.Y.) posted a goal and assist, while teammate Tom Rosaschi (East Syracuse, N.Y.) rounded out Morrisville State scoring with a goal.
Sophomore Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) recorded the win, registering eight saves, including three big stops in the third quarter.
Farmingdale had four post single goals in the contest, all unassisted tallies, including one by Donovan Devaney, who controlled the center stripe, winning 12-of-13 face-offs, and posting 11 ground balls.
The hosts took an early 2-0 lead with two quick tallies in the opening three minutes of the contest, before Morrisville State battled back and found its offensive rhythm posting their first score at the 6:22 mark on a tally by Rosaschi.
Geswaldo knotted it at two, beating the horn with the tying score with 1 tick remaining on the clock in the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, Morrisville State outscored Farmingdale 3-1 in the third quarter for a 5-3 lead behind back-to-back tallies by Beresovoy. At the 9:22 mark, Beresovoy put back a shot that ricocheted off the post for the Mustangs first lead of the day, before adding another minutes later off a feed from Donoghue.
Geswaldo added another score with 2:29 to go in the quarter, before Farmingdale responded with one of their own with 36 seconds remaining in the third.
In the fourth, Geswaldo posted his third of the day for a three goal lead, before finding Beresovoy less than three minutes later for a 7-3 Mustang advantage with under five to go.
Donoghue forced a Farmingdale turnover on a clear attempt and rifled the shot past goalie Nicholas Fosano for an 8-3 lead with 2:50to go.
The hosts, who were held scoreless for nearly 14 minutes, were able to put a tally on the board with 1:49 remaining, and threatening to add another, were held scoreless as Fiore posted a save and caused a turnover to secure the win for Morrisville State.
The Mustangs return to the field Saturday, traveling to SUNY Canton for a non-conference matchup in Canton.