Morrisville State women's team affected by NEWHL decision to cancel season

Uticaod-3 months before

Hockey The move comes after the Northeast Women's Hockey League announced Thursday a decision to cancel its upcoming season.

The NCAA Division III conference cited "health and safety of students and staff at its member institutions as the priority" due to the coronavirus in the decision.

Morrisville State is a member of the NEWHL along with other New York state schools such as Buffalo State, Canton, C...rtland, Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam.

Morrisville Sports Information Director Brandy Thurston said Morrisville State's team will also not compete in nonconference contests in 20-21.

“We understand this was a difficult decision to make, but the health and well-being of our student-athletes has been and will continue to be our priority as we navigate through this trying time together,” Morrisville women’s ice hockey coach Melissa Lomanto said in a release. “My commitment to the young women in this program remains unchanged. They are bright individuals with promising futures not only in ice hockey, but in their potential careers.

"I am proud of the commitment they made during this uncertain semester, not only academically and athletically, but to keeping the campus community safe as well.”

It is the latest cancellation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NEWHL's decision comes days after the SUNYAC conference decided to cancel winter sports, which affected the Morrisville State men's hockey team.

SUNYAC conference decided to cancel winter sports “This is very difficult news to share with our student-athletes; we all wish they were able to play this season,” Morrisville State Interim Athletics Director Todd Kleinhans said in a release. “However, it is beneficial that this difficult decision was able to be made in a timely manner, as it allows our student-athletes the opportunity to make informed decisions on how they proceed with their education for the Spring 2021 semester. We will continue to do all we can to keep our student-athletes and campus community safe, and hope for a safe return to our ice rinks, courts and fields soon.”

Morrisville State is among the colleges in the Utica area that are already not participating in fall sports and also had last spring's season affected by the coronavirus.

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