MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Fourth seed Morrisville State men’s lacrosse team posted a 18-9 victory over fifth seed Medaille College in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Championship Tournament Wednesday afternoon in Morrisville, advancing to the semi-final round Saturday.

Morrisville State (11-4) will face top seed McDaniel College (9-7) Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. face-off in Westminster, Maryland.

Senior midfielder Devin Maxwell (Culver City, Cali.) led the Mustang charge posting a collegiate single game best, seven goals, while teammates Jack Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Jeremy Beresovoy (Lafayette, N.Y.) each posted seven points in the victory. Martocello netted three scores and assisted another four, while Beresovoy tallied four goals and assisted three. Dean Priest (Hinesburg, Vt.) rounded out top scoring with two goals and two assists.

Michael Hinchey (Lake Katrine, N.Y.) turned away six in the victory between the pipes, as Morrisville State dominated the offensive attack with the 59-25 advantage in shots.

Cameron Ferguson (Pickering, Ontario) led the Medaille efforts with three goals and an assist, while teammate Drew Belica (Orchard Park, N.Y.) added two scores and assisted another two. Brock Levick (Newmarket, Ontario) rounded out top scoring, netting two goals and assisting one for the Mavericks.

Sean Kettles (Churchville, N.Y.) recorded 18 saves in the loss for Medaille as they conclude the 2012 season with an 8-8 overall record.

Morrisville State opened the contest with three straight tallies before playing to a back-and-forth quarter for the remainder of the first to take the 5-3 lead into the second.

Tom Longland (Dunnville, Ontario) gave Morrisville State a three goal lead early on in the second quarter with a score off the face-off win, and the defense held off Medaille until the 5:48 mark when Levick broke the scoring drought for the Mavericks a with a tally from Ferguson. The Mustangs then added two more scores in the final four minutes of the contest, claiming the 8-4 advantage at the half.

In the third, Maxwell initiated the Mustang attack with an early score, before rattling off four more tallies in the quarter as Morrisville State held Medaille to just two tallies, posting the 14-6 advantage heading into the final frame.

Beresovoy extended the Mustang lead to nine at the 10:45 mark before Medaille attempted to put together a comeback attempt with two straight scores from Belica, but the Maverick efforts fell short as Morrisville State capped off the contest with the final two goals of the day.

Morrisville State won the ground ball battle 35-24 and dominated the face-offs, with Joe Chazen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) winning 19-of-28, and forced 35 Maverick turnovers on the day, including 12 in the final quarter.




Morrisville State women receive bid to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament

The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team was one of eight teams to receive a bid to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament Monday, a first ever bid in the history of the program.

The seventh seeded Mustangs will travel to second seed Marywood University (14-4) on Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Scranton.

Morrisville State capped off a stellar regular season with a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) West Division season title with a 9-0 conference record, then claimed the championship tournament crown, and currently holds a 13-5 overall record, a program best.

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Morrisville State men receive bid to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament

The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team was one of five teams to receive a bid to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament Monday, for the third straight season.

The fourth seeded Mustangs (10-4) will host fifth seed Medaille College (8-7) on Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Drake field in Morrisville.

This is the third time the two teams will face-off against one another this season alone. In the first meeting Morrisville State claimed a 16-15 overtime victory over Medaille, and on Saturday the Mavericks avenged the early season loss with a 10-9 victory in the semi-final round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Tournament.

Additional details will be released as they are made available on the Morrisville State College athletics web page at






Brandi Wilcox Thruston

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Senior midfielder Hillary Hartnett (Fairport, N.Y.) notched the game winning tally in the third overtime period to lift top seeded Morrisville State College (13-4, 9-0 NAC West) to an exciting 11-10 victory over second seed Keuka College in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) West Division Women’s Lacrosse Championship Final, Sunday afternoon in Morrisville.

The victory, Morrisville State’s 12th straight, advances the Mustangs forward to the NAC Championship Title game on Saturday, May 5 against the East Division Champion at Castleton College. The winner of the East/West matchup will receive the automatic qualifier to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship tournament.

Hartnett led the Morrisville State charge with five goals on the day, as teammate Lesa Ward (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) chipped in three. Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) added two, and Alison Falkenburgh (Bayport, N.Y.) one, while Jamie Anderson (Harpursville, N.Y.) rounded out team scoring with an assist.

Danielle Puzio (Holbrook, N.Y.) turned away 13, including six total in the three overtime frames, to record the win in net for the Mustangs.

Taylor Smith led the Keuka (11-3, 7-1 NAC West) efforts with three goals, while Maggie Bonafede added two and assisted two others. Olivia Hudson posted two scores and assisted one, while Kaycee Maguire rounded out top scoring for the Storm with two tallies.

Molly Hogan recorded the loss, making 11 stops in 70:19 of play as Keuka concludes the season with an 11-3 overall record.

Hartnett gave Morrisville State the early advantage, notching the first two tallies of the game in the opening three minutes. Keuka battled back to tie the game at 2 with 17:40 to go in the opening half, but Harnett struck again for the Mustangs, posting the unassisted score with just over 11 minutes showing on the clock.

Wood added another to give Morrisville State the two goal cushion, but a Storm score by Hudson with seconds remaining sent the game into the break with a 4-3 Mustang advantage.

In a back and forth second half, Morrisville State held a 9-8 lead with just over nine minutes to go on the clock, but Smith added a Keuka score to tie the contest for the sixth time of the day and followed with another with 1:30 remaining to give the Storm the 10-9 edge.

In the closing minute of the period, Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) gathered the ball from a shot that sailed wide and found Hartnett who proceeded to roll the crease and notch the tying score, sending the game into the first overtime frame.

Keuka had plenty of chances to put the game away, but Puzio made four huge stops, including two on the crease doorstop, as the contest moved into a sudden victory overtime period.

After a scoreless second overtime frame, a costly Keuka foul gave Hartnett a free position opportunity with 1:41 to go which she buried into the back of the net to give Morrisville State the victory.

Hartnett was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

The regular season and tournament championship titles are a first for the women’s lacrosse program at Morrisville State.





Top seeded Morrisville State College and second seed Keuka College each posted victories in the semi-final round to advance to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) West Division Women’s Lacrosse Championship Final, Sunday, April 29 in Morrisville.

Morrisville State (12-4, 9-0 NAC West) advanced with a 19-10 decision over fourth seed Medaille College (8-8, 6-3 NAC West) earlier in the day.

Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with a team best seven goals, adding an assist, while teammates Erin Rundle (Marathon, N.Y.) and Hillary Hartnett (Fairport, N.Y.) each tallied three.

Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Lesa Ward (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) added two scores apiece while Alison Falkenburgh (Bayport, N.Y.) tallied a goal and assisted another, with Jamie Anderson (Harpursville, N.Y.) rounding out scoring for Morrisville State with a goal.

Danielle Puzio (Holbrook, N.Y.) recorded the win in net, turning away 13, including nine in the first half.

Joey Ruderman (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) led the Medaille efforts with four goals and an assist, as Heather Boyzuck (Mexico, N.Y.) contributed three tallies. Emily Brophy (Rochester, N.Y.) and Lauren Dunkle (Blasdell, N.Y.) rounded out Maverick scoring with two and one goals, respectively.

Christina Balestracci (Newfane, N.Y.) posted the loss in net, turning away 13, nine in the second half.

Morrisville State led 10-6 at the half, and opened the second with a 6-1 run to increase the lead to nine, before adding three additional tallies in the final six minutes to claim the 19-10 win.

The Mustangs held the 38-34 advantage in shots on the day, and won the ground ball battle 48-30 over Medaille, but the Mavericks controlled the draw, winning 18 to Morrisville State’s 13.

In the second semi-final of the day, Keuka (11-2, 8-1 NAC West) needed the overtime period to get by third seed Cazenovia (9-8, 7-3 NAC West), 18-15.

Christy Foster (Canton, N.Y.) led the Wildcat efforts with nine goals, as Melissa Rivera (Slate Hill, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Camillus, N.Y.) each added two.

Christina Marra (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) recorded the loss for Cazenovia, making 11 stops, including two in the overtime period.

Keuka was led by Jennifer Burt (Penn Yan, N.Y.) who found the back of the net eight times, while teammates Maggie Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y.) added four scores and Kaycee Macguire (Potsdam, N.Y.) three tallies to round out top scoring for the Storm.

Molly Hogan (Horseheads, N.Y.) registered nine saves between the pipes for the win.

With a 5-4 lead at the break, Cazenovia added a quick tally early in the second for the two goal advantage, but Keuka turned the tables to post five straight scores over a five minute span, claiming the 9-6 lead with 21:42 remaining on the clock.

The high scoring second half proved to be a game of runs, as the Storm responded to two Cazenovia scores with another five goal series, claiming a 14-8 advantage with 10 minutes showing on the clock.

Foster then posted six straight tallies for Cazenovia, knotting the game at 14 with 5:11 to go, and with 2:05 remaining, Daejah Werntz (Syracuse, N.Y.) fired the go ahead score for the Wildcats into the back of the net, but Burt responded 18 seconds later with a free position tally to send the game into the overtime period.

Keuka dominated the overtime frame, netting three tallies within a minute, including the eventual game winner by Kay Kostuk.

Keuka and Morrisville State meet for the second time this season, where the Mustangs posted the 13-10 upset victory to clinch the regular season title. This is also a rematch of last year’s NAC West Division Championship Tournament Title game.







Brandy Wilcox Thurston


The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse was able to withstand a fourth quarter Wildcat comeback attempt, holding on to a 15-13 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory Wednesday over rival Cazenovia College in Cazenovia.

Morrisville State improves to 10-3 overall and remain undefeated in conference play with a 7-0 record. Cazenovia drops to 7-6 overall and suffer their first NEAC loss this season (6-1).

Jack Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y.) netted four goals to lead Morrisville State, while seven additional teammates each added tallies, including Devin Maxwell (Culver City, Cali.) who posted two scores and assisted two others.

Andrew Stein (Oswego, N.Y.) also tallied two, adding an assist, while Jeremy Beresovoy (Jamesville, N.Y.) and Joseph Chazen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) rounded out top scoring, netting two each.

Michael Hinchey (Lake Katrine, N.Y.) recorded the win in net, saving eight.

Cazenovia’s efforts were led by attackman Jamil Modaffari who posted a team high six goals and an assist, as Cory Hilton added three tallies and assisted two others.

Pat Boyle registered 24 stops in net in the loss for the Wildcats, including six in the third and fourth quarters.

Morrisville State held a 12-8 advantage heading into the final quarter and posted three quick scores for the seven goal lead, but a score by Modaffari motivated the Wildcats to rattle off three straight to cut the lead to four with 4:17 remaining on the clock.

Cazenovia’s Tilton added one with 1:34 to go, and Modaffari another to bring the Wildcats to within two with 1:13 remaining, but the Mustangs forced a turnover and held on to capture the win.

Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, hosting Hilbert College at 5 p.m. on Drake Field. Saturday also marks the contest the Mustangs will be joining forces with the Wounded Warrior Project, raising funds for disabled veterans. Last year the team raised more than $2,800 for the WWP.






The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team completed the 2012 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division schedule with a perfect 9-0 record, claiming their first regular season conference title in the history of the program, and will host the divisional championship tournament Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

The top seeded Mustangs finished the regular season with an 11-4 overall record, and will host the winner of the play-in game between fourth seed Medaille College (7-7, 6-3 NAC West) and fifth seed Penn State Abington (4-9, 4-5 NAC West) Saturday at 11:30 at Drake Field on the Morrisville State campus.

Morrisville State defeated Medaille 22-10 last week and captured a 21-2 victory over Abington earlier this season.

The second semi-final will feature second seed Keuka College (10-2, 7-1 NAC West) and third seed Cazenovia College (9-7, 7-2 NAC West) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Keuka defeated Cazenovia 11-7 last week.

The winners of Saturday’s semi-finals will advance to the championship game held Sunday at 1 p.m. The divisional champion will then face off against the NAC East Champion in the overall conference championship title game, held May 5, with the winner earning the bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.



The Morrisville State College softball team split the action against Wells College on Friday evening, falling in the first of the double-header, 5-2, and winning the second 9-8.

In the first game of the day, Aryel Lawson (Staten Island, NY) and Tori Schultz (Camden, NY) both scored in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Morrisville State fell short as Wells collected the win.

Maranda Owens (Brookfield, NY) recorded the loss on the mound, throwing seven complete innings, allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned).

In the second game, Morrisville took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. The Express rallied in the top of the fifth scoring three runs and then added three more in the top of the sixth, but the Mustangs held on to the one run lead to win the game

Paige Jerrett (Parish, NY) recorded the win, throwing five innings and allowing eight runs with four strikeouts, before being relieved by Owens in the sixth inning who allowed two hits in six at bats.

The Mustangs are back in action tomorrow against Keuka College at 1 p.m.







MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team used an explosive first half en route to a 22-5 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory over visiting SUNY IT Wednesday evening in Morrisville.

Morrisville State improves to 6-3 overall, and remains undefeated in conference play at 4-0, while the Wildcats drop to 2-8 overall, 2-2 in NEAC action.

Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) led the Morrisville State charge with six goals and two assists, while Jamie Anderson (Harpursville, N.Y.) added four scores. Erin Rundle (Marathon, N.Y.) and Hillary Hartnett (Fairport, N.Y.) each posted three goals, while Rundle assisted two others. Four additional Mustangs tallied goals on the day, including Alison Falkenburgh (Bayport, N.Y.) who posted two to go along with two assists.

Danielle Puzio (Holbrook, N.Y.) recorded the win, saving six.

Amanda Bohne (Clay, N.Y.) and Veronica Metz (Morrisville, N.Y.) were the two lone Wildcats to find the back of the net, netting three and two goals, respectively.

Aubrey Campbell (Auburn, N.Y.) registered 16 saves in the loss for SUNYIT, including 13 in the first half, as Morrisville State held the 45-19 advantage in shots for the contest.

The Mustangs dominated the draw control battle, as Anderson and Wood each came up with seven as Morrisville State won 21-of-29 on the night.

Morrisville State held the 27-18 advantage in ground balls, while forcing SUNYIT to commit 26 turnovers.

The Mustangs raced out to an early 3-0 lead after the first seven minutes of the contest, and held the eight goal advantage until the Wildcats mustered a score on a free position. Seven additional tallies, including four within a two minute time span, by Morrisville State led to a 15-1 lead at the break.

In the second, SUNYIT attempted to post a comeback, but Morrisville State added seven additional scores and limited the Wildcats to just four, as they collected the conference victory.

Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, traveling to Lancaster Bible, before meeting Wilson College on Sunday in Pennsylvania.


The Morrisville State College athletics department has named Nicole Duchene (Oneida, N.Y.) and Devin Maxwell (Culver City, Cali.) it’s Mustang Athletes of the Week for the week ending April 1.

Duchene, freshman left fielder for the women’s softball team, led the Mustangs to an 8-6 victory over Hamilton College last week, hitting 2-for-3 from the plate for two runs batted in, while crossing the plate twice.

On the week, Duchene collected six hits in 12 at bats, totaled five runs and two RBI’s, while posting five put outs.

The graduate of Oneida High is majoring in health related studies at Morrisville State. She is the daughter of Brenda and Phil Duchene of Oneida.

Maxwell posted a collegiate best five goals and an assist to lead the men’s lacrosse team to a 12-8 conference win over rival Keuka over the weekend.

Maxwell tallied the eventual game winner early in the fourth quarter before adding two unassisted scores late in the game to secure the win for the Mustangs.

The senior midfielder is a graduate of Culver City and is majoring in human performance and health promotion at Morrisville State. He is the son of Letitia Hines of Culver City.


Brandy Wilcox Thurston

The Morrisville State College women’s lacrosse team dominated visiting Penn State Abington Sunday afternoon, by a 21-2 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) final in Morrisville.

The Mustangs improve to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Nittany Lions drop to 0-6 and 0-2 in conference play.

Shelby Wood (Duanesburg, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with five goals and two assists, while Hillary Hartnett (Fairport, N.Y), Lesa Ward (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Jessica Young (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each added three goals apiece. Erin Rundle (Marathon, N.Y.) and Alison Falkenburgh (Bayport, N.Y.) each netted two goals apiece.

Falkenburgh also had four assists while Hartnett grabbed seven groundballs in the game. Danielle Puzio (Holbrook, N.Y.) had seven saves for the win between the pipes.

The Nittany Lions had scores from Nicole Hayes and Danielle Savoni who each tallied one apiece. Hayes also grabbed five groundballs while Alexis Vanderslice picked up four. Shreya Soni had six saves in goal for the Lions.

Morrisville dominated Penn State Abington in ground balls 29-19 and shots, 33-12. The Nittany Lions had 24 turnovers in the game while the Mustangs only had 19. Morrisville led the game 14-0 at halftime, scoring their first goal in the first thirty seconds of play.

Before the game seniors Hartnett and Falkenburgh were honored.

The Mustangs return to the field Tuesday to take on SUNY Canton at 4 p.m. on Drake Field.





Softball Earns Split with Hamilton College

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – After dropping a 5-1 decision in the first of the double header, Morrisville State softball rebounded in the night cap, topping visiting Hamilton College 8-6 Wednesday afternoon in Morrisville.

The Mustangs improve to 4-2 overall, as Hamilton returns with a 5-7 overall record.

Morrisville State tallied just three hits in the contest, two from Nicole Duchene (Oneida, N.Y.) who went 2-for-3 from the plate, and one from Cassandra Smith (Lansing, N.Y.) who recorded a double and an RBI in three at bats.

Jenna D’Ercole (Highland, N.Y.) recorded the loss on the mound, throwing seven innings and allowing nine hits and five earned runs while tallying nine strike outs.

Ashley Perritt led the Continentals from the plate, hitting 3-of-4 including a double and recording an RBI, while Sam Miller went 2-for-3, posting three RBI’s while posting a home run in the top of the first inning.

Hamilton took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Katie Puccio hit a double to drive in one, and Miller followed with a homer for two additional runs.

Miller then singled in the top of the third, driving in another for the four run cushion, before Perritt singled in the top of the seventh inning, adding to the Hamilton lead with an RBI.

Morrisville’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Smith hit a double to drive in Duchene.

In the night cap, Hamilton jumped out to a 6-2 lead before Morrisville State rallied for six runs in the bottom of the third to claim the 8-6 advantage and eventual victory.

Four Mustangs went 2-for-3 from the plate, including Maranda Owens (Brookfield, N.Y.) and Duchene who each posted two RBI’s.

D’Ercole recorded the win on the mound, throwing six innings, allowing 10 hits, five earned runs, and posting four strikeouts.

After a double from Samantha Porter (Newfield, N.Y.) to drive in one, Duchene hit a double in the bottom of the third as two base runners crossed the plate, and Gabby Gallart (Montgovery Village, Md.) added another RBI on a single to give Morrisville State the 8-6 lead.

Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, traveling to SUNY IT to open North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action.