Morrisville State, SUNY Poly Move On to NEAC Men's Lacrosse Final

Morrisville State, SUNY Poly Move On to NEAC Men's Lacrosse Final

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – After a pair of semifinal games that came down to the wire and ended in identical scores, Morrisville State and SUNY Poly have advanced to the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Lacrosse Final. The championship game will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Morrisville State on Saturday at 5 p.m. with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.

Semifinals

Game 1: No. 3 SUNY Poly 13, No. 2 Keuka College 12

Boxscore

Keuka College’s Ryan Bates (Rochester, N.Y.) opened the scoring 1:14 into the game to give the higher-seeded Wolves a quick lead but SUNY Poly responded just over three minutes later with back-to-back goals and never trailed again in Wednesday’s matchup. After having a one-goal advantage at the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats outscored the Wolves 5-3 in the second to hold an 8-5 lead at halftime. Keuka College continued to fight throughout the third and managed to come back and even the score at 11-11 with 1:31 left in the quarter on rookie attacker Connor Cupp’s (Bath, N.Y.) hat trick goal. SUNY Poly tacked on two more in the fourth to take the lead and managed to withstand some offensive pressure in the final minute as the Wolves came within one on an unassisted goal by Seth Spurgeon (Chittenango, N.Y.). SUNY Poly junior Edward Rosaschi (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals and six points to lift the Wildcats to victory. Cupp and Mark Shattuck (Syracuse, N.Y.) tallied three goals apiece for the Wolves while Cody Nitzke (Cicero, N.Y.) recorded six ground balls and six caused turnovers. Wildcats’ goalie Charles Rosaschi (Highland Mills, N.Y.) turned away six shots while Keuka’s Nikoli Biljanoski (Auburn, N.Y.) recorded 12 saves in the loss. SUNY Poly advances to its first NEAC Championship game with a 10-5 record while Keuka College closes out the year at 9-5 overall.

Game 2: No. 4 Cazenovia College 12, No. 1 Morrisville State 13

Boxscore

Cazenovia College gave Morrisville State all it could handle on Wednesday afternoon, but the top-seeded Mustangs staged a late-game rally and held on for a 13-12 win in the NEAC Semifinals. The Wildcats held a 3-2 edge after 15 minutes before taking a 6-4 lead into the half. Cazenovia returned to the field in the third quarter to score the first two goals of the second half and extend it to a four-goal lead. The Mustangs held steady though and rattled off four goals in less than eight minutes to tie it up at 8-8. Late in the third, Connor Smith (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored a man-up goal to allow Cazenovia to regain the lead but it was short-lived as Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) netted his third of the quarter with 31 seconds left to bring the teams even again. Morrisville State rode that momentum into the fourth and scored three-straight goals to take its first lead of the day. Brock Post (Endwell, N.Y.) answered back with two goals for the Wildcats before Mustangs’ attacker Chris Dovi (Cortland, N.Y.) buried a man-up goal to make it a 13-11 game. Cazenovia came within one on an unassisted goal by Giovanni Kelso (Schenectady, N.Y.) with 2:48 left in regulation, but the Wildcats failed to score the equalizer as the Mustangs escaped with the win. Geswaldo scored a game-high four goals and five points while Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Kelso, Timm and Shea Ames (Elmira, N.Y.) all finished with four points for the Wildcats while Jeff Bain (Massena, N.Y.) picked up a game-high nine ground balls. Cazenovia’s run ends with a 6-6 overall record. Morrisville State heads into its sixth-straight league final with a 9-6 mark.

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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.