The Geneseo men’s lacrosse team continued its string of losses, falling to No. 4 Rochester Institute of Technology, 11-10, on Saturday March 31.
The Knights fell to 0-6 on the season. It was their fourth straight one-goal loss and fifth on the season.
Geneseo got off to a quick 2-0 lead barely two minutes into the first quarter. Sophomore James Purpura scored and then assisted on a goal from senior Brendan Kurpis.
RIT responded with three straight goals to take the lead before freshman Steven Cregan tied the game at three.
The Knights struggled in the second quarter as RIT scored four goals to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
“We had a bad second quarter and that’s what good teams can do to you,” head coach Jim Lyons said. “We know we have to be complete. We’ve had plenty of great 60 minutes, they just haven’t come in the same game.”
Purpura scored his second of the game to open the third quarter, but the Tigers then pulled off two quick goals to extend the lead to five. Senior Jeff Watson responded with two goals in between two RIT goals, but the Knights still trailed by 11-6 early in the fourth.
Geneseo was able to get back into the game, in large part because they were able to force turnovers on the Tigers clearing attempts. RIT was only 3-9 on clearing attempts in the second half.
“We had been riding the defensive effort by our offensive players,” Lyons said. “Players on the field were working hard and not giving up. Our determination, heart and will is the strongest as I’ve ever had here.”
Watson, who is tied for second on the team with nine points on five goals and four assists, scored his third of the game before assisting junior Tim Hayden for a goal.
Junior Tim Burgess and sophomore John Wettack then each scored to pull Geneseo within one with a little over six minutes left.
With over a minute left, Geneseo had possession and tried to tie the game. Geneseo kept firing shots that just missed the net, but was unable to get the tying goal and turned the ball over with a few seconds remaining.
“It was a situation where more was less. More people wanted to help the team win. Guys were stepping up trying to make a play,” Lyons said.
Geneseo was also out of timeouts and unable to use one at the end of the game.
“My decision to call timeout in the third quarter hurt us. I pin that decision on me,” Lyons said.
Junior Michael Greubel made 10 saves taking the loss in net, including making seven saves in the third quarter to keep Geneseo in the game.
Geneseo opens SUNYAC play on Wednesday April 11 at No. 2 SUNY Cortland.
“I’m really proud of the effort. We played a great game,” Lyons said. “They’ve improved, recognized weaknesses and improved on those things, but we still have things to work on.”