GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's lacrosse team will travel to Cortland on Wednesday to take on the Red Dragons in the semifinals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament.
The Knights (9-5) qualified for the postseason for the first time in five seasons, earning the fourth seed for the conference tournament after finishing with a 3-3 league record. Geneseo's nine victories is also the most since the 2010 team finished with a 10-4 record.
The Knights own an 11-9 all-time record in 11 appearances in the SUNYAC Tournament, making 11-consecutive appearances from 2002-2012. Geneseo advanced to the championship game on nine occasions, winning the SUNYAC title in 2004 and 2007. The Knights have faced Cortland in the tournament 10 times, including nine championship game showdowns (2003-10, 2012).
Sophomore attackman Zachary DeBottis leads Geneseo with 37 points, 23 goals and 14 points. He was credited with three goals and an assist in the squad's 11-8 victory at Potsdam (Apr. 15) and also added a career-high five goals in the 18-7 win at Wilmington (Ohio) (Mar. 18).
Junior midfielder Alex Leuze second on the team with 29 points, including 13 assists that are second on the team. He notched a season-high four points on four occasions during the year, most recently on a goal and three assists in the Potsdam victory.
Junior goalie Michael Yehl leads the SUNYAC with a .585 save percentage and is second with an 8.06 goals against average. He stopped a season high 17 shots twice, including the victory over Potsdam. He enters the postseason with seven-straight games with double-digit save totals, including 10 in last Saturday's 10-5 win at Oneonta in the regular-season finale, as well as 15 in the team's 12-8 setback to visiting Cortland (Apr. 12).
Geneseo ranks first in the SUNYAC in scoring defense, only allowing 7.90 goals per game, while Cortland owns the top-scoring offense, averaging 13.8 goals per game.
The winner of today's game advances to the championship game on Saturday (May 6) to be played at the highest remaining team's home field. No. 2 Plattsburgh hosts No. 3 Brockport in today's other semifinal.