The Geneseo women’s lacrosse team split a pair of games, defeating St. Lawrence University on Tuesday March 26, but losing on the road to head coach Carly Ritchlin’s alma mater, SUNY Cortland on Saturday March 30.
The Knights continued their winning ways in their home opener against St. Lawrence with a 16-7 victory.
Sophomore attack Katey Hart led all scorers with five goals, four of which came on a decisive run. Senior midfielder Lea Paris and junior attack Caroline Buonocore finished the game with team-leading three assists each.
Senior defender Jenna Theofield had a career-best four caused turnovers – the highest on the team that day. First year defender Bridget Lincoln tallied three – a career high for her as well.
Senior goalkeeper Julie Bernatzky recorded six saves as well as a career-high five ground balls.
The Knights did not maintain their momentum as they traveled to No. 4 Cortland.
Hart scored three goals, while Buonocore and junior Meredith Weber added a pair each.
The 14-10 defeat marked Geneseo’s first conference loss of the season. The Knights stand at 5-2 overall.
The game went into the second half a 5-5 tie, but a 5-0 run by the Red Dragons after the opening of the second half all but sealed the deal.
Ritchlin said that she saw the fight that the Knights had but they needed to “control the ball better under pressure situations.”
“We made some key errors at just crucial moments,” Ritchlin said. “If we held onto the ball, it probably would have been a different game.”
Ritchlin said that she hopes to improve the team by doing “more pressure situations this week during practice.”
Despite the loss, Ritchlin said that she took away from the fact that the Knights are “stronger than we have ever been before.”
“We can run with the best of the best in the country,” she said.
The Knights travel to SUNY Oswego on Thursday April 4.