The Geneseo women’s lacrosse team continues to search for consistency, defeating St. Lawrence University on Saturday March 31, but falling at home to SUNY Fredonia on Tuesday April 3 in their conference opener.
Saturday’s 20-10 victory at St. Lawrence was the last game of the nonconference part of the schedule. Geneseo saw somewhat mixed results, yielding them four wins and two losses. The Knights’ schedule has taken them all over the east coast from Florida to New Jersey and now up to St. Lawrence.
Sophomore sensation Caroline Buonocore led the way for Geneseo at St. Lawrence, scoring six goals and tallying two assists for a monster game.
“She’s a worker. She will run down any ball, she will chase and re-defend and back check every single time,” head coach Carly Ritchlin said. “And one thing that she does being the leading scorer on our team right now is that she’ll draw their best defender every game, so we try to take advantage of that.”
Freshman Katey Hart’s six goals and sophomore Emily Haggerty’s five-goal and one-assist efforts should not be overlooked.
“[Hart] is the piece we have been missing for a couple of years now … Her shot placement is ridiculous,” Ritchlin said. “She just doesn’t shoot to shoot; she shoots to score every time.”
After the first half ended with the Knights ahead 9-5, Ritchlin said that she was not comfortable with the lead.
“St. Lawrence was a good enough team that they could come back. We had to drive and continue to push … If we let St. Lawrence in at all, it was going to give us trouble. So we had to make sure we dominated that second half,” Ritchlin said.
Buonocore and Haggerty each scored twice in the last five minutes of the game, leaving the score out of reach for St. Lawrence to make a comeback.
Over the course of the game, junior goalie Julie Bernatzky made nine saves to record the win for Geneseo.
Three days later, the Knights failed to capitalize on their home field advantage as they fell to Fredonia, 15-14, in triple overtime. The women’s defense had no answer for Fredonia senior Amy Simon, whose seventh goal was the game winner 36 seconds into the third overtime.
Junior Rachel Petrone recorded four goals and two assists with three draw controls and five groundballs to lead the way for the Knights. Classmate Lea Paris had three goals and one assist in the game and sophomore Meredith Weber recorded two goals and one assist for the Knights.
A goal by Petrone put Geneseo up 14-13 with 18 seconds left in the first mandatory overtime period. After winning the draw, Fredonia scored quickly on the first possession of the third overtime to end the game.
Geneseo falls to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in SUNYAC play. The Knights play next at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday April 7.