ONEONTA, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore attackman Ryan Kelly notches three goals, but it was Oneonta scoring the game-winning goal with 1:16 left in regulation to earn the 11-10 victory over the Knights, Saturday, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's lacrosse.
Trailing, 8-2, at halftime, Geneseo (5-7, 1-4 SUNYAC) out-scored the Red Dragons (5-7, 1-3 SUNYAC) 8-2, including a 6-0 run during an 18-minute span over the third and fourth quarters, to knot the game, 10-10, with 1:42 on the clock. However it was Oneonta notching the deciding tally 22 seconds later to seal the win.
Tied, 2-2, following the first quarter, Oneonta shut the Knights out during a 6-0 run to close the second quarter. Kelly got things going in the third quarter with the first of his three goals during the Geneseo comeback at 11:38, before junior attack Tim Wright scored 33 seconds later to make it a four-goal deficit.
Oneonta notched back-to-back tallies to rebuild a 10-4 lead with 6:08 on the third quarter clock, but Knights' first-year attackman Zachary Debottis scored an unassisted tally at 5:05 before Kelly notched a man-up goal at 1:15 to bring Geneseo back within four, 10-6, heading into the final quarter.
Junior attackman Ryan Gulbransen scored unassisted at 13:54 before first-year attackman Kyle Wannamaker scored a man-up marker at 12:27. Kelly completed the hat-trick just over a minute later to make it a one-goal game, 10-9 with 11:21 on the clock.
Junior midfielder Sean Tompkinson cashed in a feed from Wright for the game-tying goal with under two minutes left in regulaton, but it was Oneonta winning the ensuing face-off to set up the game-winning attempt.
Sophomore goalie Michael Yehl totaled 16 saves on the day as the Knights were eliminated from postseason contention with the loss.
Geneseo closes out the season on Wednesday with a trip to Cortland for a 4:00 p.m. face-off.