GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior attackman Steven Cregan scored two goals and an assist while sophomore midfielder Joe Chiara added two goals, including what proved to be the eventual game-winner, to lead the Knights to a 7-6 victory over Potsdam in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's lacrosse, Saturday.
With a 3-3 SUNYAC record, the Knights were still in the mix for the fourth-seed for the next week's conference tournament, but Oneonta's 13-11 victory over Oswego in the day's other action eliminated the Knights from postseason contention. Oneonta, which also finished with a 3-3 SUNYAC record, won the tiebreaker based on its 10-8 head-to-head victory over Geneseo on April 5.
"It was appropriate that, on Senior Day, we rode our seniors to victory," said head coach Jim Lyons. "I thought our defense especially played with a lot of focus and did a great job limiting the number of second posessions that Potsdam got."
The first half was close throughout, as Potsdam (10-5, 4-2) closed the second quarter with two unanswered goals to hold a slim, 3-2, margin after 30 minutes of play. Geneseo junior midfielder Steve Aziz opened the scoring a tally at the 8:58 mark, before Potsdam's Rob Kunz found the net at 5:59. Junior Sam Thompson scored a man-up goal at 1:21 following a unecessary roughness penalty on the Bearsto give the home team a 2-1 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Matt Kennedy found the net at 9:03 before Pat Bonafede scored the first of his two goals on the day with 2:29 on the clock to stake Potsdam to the one-goal edge at intermission.
Geneseo (5-8, 3-3 SUNYAC) pulled away in the third quarter, scoring four-unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead. Cregan tallied consecutive goals at 7:11 and then again at 5:37 on a nice individual effort from behind the Potsdam cage. Chiara tallied an unassisted marker at 3:07, before junior attackman Brent Lawless took a feed from Fedge in transition and scored with 1:36 remaining in the period.
Potsdam opened the fourth quarter with a man-up goal by Matt Moran at 10:16, but Chiara scored on a 10-yard laser from the left side to make it a 7-4 Geneseo edge with 9:02 to play. Bonafede scored at 5:23 to make it a two-goal edge, and pulled within one on a tally by Ed Doherty with 23 second left on the clock, but Cicio would win the ensuing faceoff as the Knights ran out the clock for the one-goal victory.