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Caz grad named men's lax coach of the year

The North Eastern Athletic Conference has named Morrisville State

College men's lacrosse coach, Jason Longo, a Cazenovia High School and

LeMoyne graduate, the 2010 Coach of the Year.

Longo, in his first season as head coach of the program, along with

assistant coach Blake Gale, a Lafayette resident and LeMoyne 2009

graduate, led the Mustangs to an 11-3 overall record this season, a

program best; went undefeated in conference play at 6-0; and was

awarded the regular season conference championship trophy.

A year ago, the Mustangs finished the season with a 4-12 overall

record, and with a few fundamental changes, they have turned the

program into one that has put up a fight and posted seven upset

victories this season over teams that have dominated Morrisville State

in the past, including an 8-7 double overtime victory over SUNY

Brockport in early April.

Not only is Morrisville State College serving as the host for the 2010

NEAC Men's Lacrosse Championships this weekend, they are entering the

tournament as the top seed, playing fourth seed SUNY Cobleskill in the

second semi-final Friday night at 7 p.m. on Drake Field on the

Morrisville State campus.

Both Longo and Gale are utilizing their post-season playing experience

with the Dolphins heading into the weekend's action, focusing the

Mustangs on remaining poised and adjusting game strategy to force

opponents to "step up" if they want to knock Morrisville State out of

the tournament.

"We are very grateful and proud of our guys for all of the hard work

they have put forth throughout the season. At the beginning of the

year, we didn't expect to have immediate success, but because of their

work ethic and dedication, they very much deserve to be where they are

today," said Longo of the team.

A native of Cazenovia, Longo played two years of lacrosse for Onondaga

Community College at attack earning NJCAA All-American honors in each

season of play, while earning Player of the Year honors as a

sophomore. Completing his career at LeMoyne, he garnered

all-conference honors, was instrumental to the Dolphins claiming the

Northeast-10 Conference Championship and NCAA Division II Championship

titles, earning NE-10 Championship Tournament most valuable player

honors.

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