No. 11 men's lacrosse extends winning streak to nine straight

Geneseo's men's lacrosse team continued their decimation of the SUNYAC conference, crushing Oneonta on Saturday 23-8 before demolishing Brockport on Wednesday 18-6.

The wins bring the Blue Knights' record to 9-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play, while extending their winning streak to nine games.

"We have really come together as a team lately," said sophomore attackman Bobby King. "The defense has been lights out, the midfield has been spectacular in transition and the attack has been finishing at will."

This was very evident against Oneonta on Saturday, as the Knights scored 15 seconds into the game before jumping to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter and a 9-2 advantage at halftime.

Senior attackman Tom Costanza led the way with three goals and one assist, while senior Mike Cintineo nipped at his heels with two goals and one assist.

In the defensive end, redshirt freshman Joe McCormack led the way, shutting down any pressure from the Red Dragons and initiating several fast breaks.

Geneseo put the game away in the third quarter, adding 10 impressive goals to extend their lead to 19-6.

By the end of the game, the Blue Knights had received contributions from 16 different scorers, a statistic that speaks volumes to the depth of the No. 1 team in the SUNYAC conference.

On Wednesday, Brockport attempted to challenge Geneseo for that title, but to no avail as again Geneseo struck early and often. The Knights scored the first four goals of the game on their way to an 11-1 lead at halftime.

Sophomore Craig Lange and Costanza led the way, compiling three goals and two assists each, while Cintineo followed suit with three goals and an assist of his own.

The Blue Knights dominated in every aspect of the game, maintaining ball possession through a combination of unbendable defense and tenacious ground ball work.

Geneseo's control of the game was evident in the faceoff disparity, as junior Erik Baranowski won an astonishing 15 of 19 faceoffs on the day to go along with his nine ground balls.

Geneseo's excellence in the offensive zone was matched by the stellar play they received in their own end. Junior goaltender Dennis Costanza made seven saves through the first three quarters, and freshman Noah Berg closed out the game with two saves in the final frame.

The Blue Knights hope to continue their winning ways Saturday as they host Morrisville before heading to battle Oswego on Wednesday.