After dropping its home opener Tuesday March 26 against St. Lawrence University, the Geneseo men’s lacrosse team had an opportunity to get back over .500 in its first SUNYAC tilt this year, taking on the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons, losers of four of their last five.
The Knights did not disappoint, routing Oneonta 18-8 on Saturday March 30 and doing so on the backs of some career performances.
“We got scoring from a lot of different players, which will be important going forward,” junior Tim Burgess said. “It was a real team effort.”
Burgess recorded five goals, a career high.
Also filling the score sheet for the Knights was sophomore Sam Thompson, who tied his own career-high with five goals. Sophomore Steve Cregan’s five assists were also a career high and he now leads the team in scoring with 26 points in seven games.
Burgess opened the scoring for the Knights with two goals in the first 4 minutes, 11 seconds of play.
“Burgess has been a do-it-all guy for us this season and for the first time on Saturday we were able to let him focus on playing offense and working on his production,” head coach Jim Lyons said. “His five goals show how hard he has been working and that his patience with our youth on offense has paid off in a big way.”
Oneonta junior Daniel Stern drew the Red Dragons within one with a goal 1:40 later, but that was as close as Oneonta got.
The Knights would score eight of the next nine goals and take a 10-3 lead into the half.
Burgess added his fifth of the afternoon early in the third quarter, making it 12-4, but from that point forward it would be Thompson carrying the offense, scoring three of the last six Geneseo goals.
“We are very happy to get a strong start in conference play,” Lyons said. “Our goal every year is to host SUNYAC tournament play and make the finals. Oneonta has some strong talent, but I thought we were prepared and it showed by how we were able to jump on them early.”
With the win, the Knights have won two of their last three and have scored 48 goals over that stretch.
Geneseo traveled to No. 5 Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday April 3 to take on the Tigers, winners of seven of their last eight and undefeated at home.
The Tigers scored six goals in the third and fourth quarter to top the Knights in a 17-4 victory.
Sophomore Eddie Kiesa led RIT with five goals. Ten other Tigers scored.
Seniors Tim Burgess and John Félix, as well as sophomores John Keating and Brent Lawless each scored a goal for Geneseo.
Juniors Ryan Zaremba saved 12 shots in 48 minutes while classmate Adam Perri saved three in 12 minutes.
Geneseo rests until hosting SUNY Cortland on Wednesday April 10.