POTSDAM, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore attackman Zachary DeBottis totaled three goals and an assist while junior midfielder Alex Leuze added a goal and three assists to lead the Knights to a 11-8 victory at Potsdam in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's lacrosse action, Saturday.
Geneseo scored the first two goals of the game. Senior midfielder Michael Engstrom took a short feed across the Postsdam crease from Leuze and scored inside the left post at 10:48. Six minutes later, senior attackman Ryan Gulbransen dodged a defender at the top of the zone and scored on the run with an eight-yard strike at 4:56.
Potsdam bounced back with a pair of goals in the final 3:50 of the first quarter, but Geneseo opened the second with a 3-1 spurt. The Knights scored on the opening face-off of the quarter after senior midfielder Drew Madarasz pushed a midfield pass to a breaking DeBottis down the left wing, who scored on a shot inside the left post at 14:53. The Bears responded at 13:04, but back-to-back tallies staked Geneseo to a 5-3 edge with under eight minute remaining in the half. A save by junior goalie Michael Yehl led to a nice goal by junior attackman Ryan Kelly in transition at 12:20. Kelly later flipped a short pass from behind the Potsdam cage to Leuze in front for a short finish at 7:34.
Potsdam got one back at 6:36, but the Knights scored twice in the final minutes to take a 7-4 lead into intermission. Junior attackman Joshua Merkel got loose at the top of the zone and dumped a pass down low to Engstrom for a close-range finish at 2:13 before Leuze dodged on the right wing and crossed a pass to an open DeBottis, who scored on a six-yard bouncer with 41 seconds on the clock.
A 3-0 Geneseo run to start the second half proved to be the difference. DeBottis scored on a run from behind the Potsdam cage at 12:25 and, following a Knights' win on the ensuing face-off, Wanamaker found himself all along behind the Bears' goal and scored off a feed from sophomore defenseman Jack Crowley at 12:12. Just under two minutes later, a Potsdam shot ricocheted off the right post of the Knights' cage all the way out to midfield, where Geneseo was able to capitalize for a quick strike finished by DeBottis for the 10-4 lead with 10:28 on the third-period clock.
Potsdam strung three goals together over the final 9:47 of the quarter to pull within three, 10-7. However, the Knights' defense limited their hosts to one additional goal the rest of the way as Wanamaker completed the hat-trick with 1:02 remaining on a close-range bounce from the right post to complete the win.
Yehl tied a season-high with 17 saves, including 10 in the first half, to preserve his seventh win of the season. Junior defenseman Ryan Cates finished with a game-high six ground balls.
Geneseo will be back in action next Saturday at Plattsburgh for a 1:00 p.m. start.