NEAC Friday Feature: Morrisville State College

NEAC Friday Feature: Morrisville State College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Each week throughout the fall, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight one of our conference members and feature two of the institution’s standout student-athletes. This week takes us back to the North Division where we meet Morrisville State College student-athletes Lindsey Sunderlage and Aneury Tamarez.

Morrisville State College is located in scenic Central New York and serves as a model of innovative applied education with 95 percent of its students completing an internship before graduation. Established in 1908 as a college of agriculture, Morrisville State College became a founding member of the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1948. More than 3,000 students have over 80 associate and bachelor’s degree programs to choose from, including strong programs in specialized areas such as aquaculture, equine science, dairy management, wood technology and renewable energy and resources

In 2006, Morrisville State College made the transition from an NJCAA-sponsored institution to an NCAA Division III member.  Over the course of the last decade, the Mustangs have won 13 conference titles and made 14 appearances in NCAA Division III Tournaments. The most recent of those conference championships came last week when Lindsey Sunderlage and her teammates on the women’s volleyball team claimed their first NEAC title.

Sunderlage is a senior from Kingston, Ill. who transferred to Morrisville State College from Black Hawk East Community College. Since joining the Mustangs, she has competed as a two-sport student-athlete as a member of the western equestrian team and a two-year starter as a middle hitter on the volleyball team. While she is quite a distance from her hometown, Morrisville State College provided Sunderlage with an opportunity to continue playing a sport she loved while pursuing her career aspirations.

“My major is Equine Science with a specialization in breaking and training,” Sunderlage said. “My career aspirations include working for a big-time trainer in the reining and cutting industries before becoming an Equine Science teacher.”

Despite only being on campus for two years, Sunderlage recognizes the tremendous support students have at Morrisville State College to pursue unique opportunities.

“There is just an amazing opportunity for everyone to succeed in whichever path they choose,” Sunderlage added. “What I love most about Morrisville State is my ability to balance the academic and athletic side of school. My instructors are very helpful when I miss for games and my coach is also very supportive when I have to miss an event for class. Both sides work together to help me succeed and I’m very grateful for it.”

A senior defender on the men’s soccer team, Aneury Tamarez felt Morrisville State College gave him a chance to achieve his lifetime goal of graduating from college.

“I decided to attend Morrisville State College because it is a diverse place that provided hands-on work, which will help me prepare for the real world,” Tamarez said.

Tamarez, who calls Brooklyn, N.Y. home, is a business administration major with a concentration in marketing. He has aspirations to own a business, which aligns well with the leadership abilities he has shown during his collegiate career. Despite seeing limited playing time throughout his career, he became a key part of the defensive line and has served as a captain for the men’s soccer team. Tamarez was been named to the Dean’s List the last two semesters and worked to obtain his U.S. citizenship earlier this fall. A true depiction of what it means to be a Mustang, Tamarez knows that his time as a Mustang means everything to him.

“The one thing that will always stick with me is the support we received from the other student-athletes when we have home games,” Tamarez reflected. “You have to experience the feeling of winning a tournament and bringing the championship home. That will be one of my favorite experiences while I was at Morrisville State College, second only to obtaining my degree.”

A Dean’s List honoree and a NEAC Scholar Athlete herself, Sunderlage also noted how the supportive environment at Morrisville State College has made her Division III experience a great one.

“Everyone has been helpful through every step of my Morrisville State College experience,” Sunderlage noted. “My team has been fantastic with everything and just how close of a family we have become in two years is absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

To learn more about Morrisville State College and Mustangs athletics, visit morrisvillestateathletics.com.

*Information provided by Brandy Thurston, Morrisville State College Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Sports Information

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.