Morrisville State Wins Fifth-Straight NEAC Men's Lacrosse Title

Morrisville State Wins Fifth-Straight NEAC Men's Lacrosse Title

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State scored 10 goals in the first half en route to a 13-8 win over SUNY Poly to win the Mustangs’ fifth-straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Saturday at Morrisville State’s Drake Field.

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Morrisville State’s Peter Pina (Culver City, Calif.) was the first to strike with an unassisted goal at the 10:58 mark of the first quarter but SUNY Poly answered back with a goal by Edward Rosaschi (Highland Mills, N.Y.) just 49 seconds later to even it up. The Mustangs scored the next four before Rosaschi added one more for the Wildcats to make it 5-2 in favor of the home team at the end of the first.

It was all Mustangs in the second quarter with Chris Dovi (Cortland, N.Y.) and Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) each scoring a pair of goals. Dovi also assisted on a goal by Chad Temple (Minoa, N.Y.) to send Morrisville State to the locker room with the 10-2 advantage at halftime.

The Mustangs added two more to open the second half before the Wildcats got two of their own to make it a 12-4 game. Joseph Rosaschi (Syracuse, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for the Mustangs with the team’s 13th goal with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter.

SUNY Poly fought back in the fourth quarter, scoring four goals while holding the Mustangs scoreless. Edward Rosaschi scored three goals in the final 15 minutes and also assisted on a man-up goal by Chase LaCava (Jamesville, N.Y.). Despite the late rally by the Wildcats, Morrisville State senior goalie Nico Cejic (Johnson City, N.Y.) made four saves in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win. Cejic was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player after recording 11 saves in Saturday’s championship game and 20 combined saves in two postseason games.

Dovi led the Mustangs’ offense with four goals and two assists while Paul Tocci (Riverhead, N.Y.) helped the defense with seven ground balls and a game-high seven caused turnovers. Edward Rosaschi finished the day with six goals and an assist for SUNY Poly. Wildcats’ goalie Charles Rosaschi (Highland Mills, N.Y.) had 12 saves in the loss.

With the win, Morrisville State holds the conference record with six conference titles. In addition to the last five, the Mustangs also won the league championship in 2010. Morrisville State will get its next opponent on the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Selection Show, scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.