GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior attacker Tim Wright netted three goals while junior defenseman Ryan Cates collected five ground balls and four caused turnovers as the Knights fell to State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Brockport, 7-6, on Wednesday night at College Stadium.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Knights allowed Brockport a goal early in the second period. Geneseo responded with three-straight goals to take a 3-1 lead with 3:12 remaining, but the Golden Eagles netted another before the break to make it 3-2 at the half.
Both teams played without a score for the first 13 minutes of the third quarter, but Geneseo tallied two within a 10-second span. Kelly skipped one in off the turf, and after a clean faceoff win by sophomore Jack Brunner, Wright fired a shot into the lower corner allowing Geneseo a 5-2 lead as the two teams entered the final frame.
In the fourth, Brockport (7-5, 3-2 SUNYAC) scored five straight goals, holding the Knights scoreless to take a 7-5 lead. The Golden Eagles had a chance at widening the lead, but Yehl came away with a huge save on the visitors' next attempt and dished it out to Cates who found Wright on the other end for a transition goal, cutting the deficit to one goal with 2:37 to go.
In the final seconds, Geneseo (8-5, 2-3 SUNYAC) had a few quality chances but could not convert. The team's best look at a tying goal was its last, when junior attacker Joshua Merkel received a pass on a quick-hitting inbound play and fired a shot, but the Brockport goalie staved it off as time expired, giving the Golden Eagles the victory.
Geneseo is still in the running for a spot in the SUNYAC postseason. A Brockport victory over Oswego on Saturday would yield the fourth seed for the Knights. Further tiebreakers would come into play should Oswego defeat Brockport with final seeds to be determined.
The Knights will host Oneonta in the regular season finale on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The team will honor its graduating senior class in a brief pre-game ceremony.