GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's lacrosse team will open the 2018 season on Wednesday, hosting Morrisville at 5:30 p.m. Second-year head coach Nick Fiorentio looks to take the next step after leading the Knights to their highest win total (9-6) in seven seasons, including the first postseason appearance in five years.
Fiorentino welcomes back a pair of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Stars to anchor the defensive end of the field. Senior goalie Michael Yehl landed first-team recognition after a regular season that included a SUNYAC-best .585 save percentage and an 8.06 goals against average that ranked second in the league.
Junior defenseman Jack Crowley returns after being voted a second-team pick for the second-straight season. He anchored a unit that only allowed 7.90 goals per game during the regular season to finish as the top scoring defense in the SUNYAC. He also finished third in the league with 26 caused turnovers while ending up second on the squad with 46 ground balls.
Geneseo returns four of its top-six scorers, including junior attackman Zachary DeBottis who led the way with 38 points, 24 goals and 14 assists. Senior midfielder Alex Leuze finished second with 30 points as well as 14 assists, while his 17 goals ranked third for the Knights. Junior attackman Kyle Wanamaker is also back after finishing second on the team with 20 goals.
Fiorentino welcomes a strong group of newcomers to the fold. Sophomore transfer Dillon Rogers looks to make an immediate impact on the attack, along with first-years Connor Smith and Connor Griffin. First-year midfielders James Pratt and Ryan Dorney also highlight the new faces that look to factor in the success of the 2018 squad.
After opening the season at home on Wednesday, Geneseo will play all eight of its March games on the road, including nationally-ranked Ithaca (March 15) in Virginia Beach and RIT (March 21). The Knights close the month at Oneonta (March 31) in their SUNYAC-opener, before returning home to take on St. John Fisher (Apr. 4). Geneseo will finish the regular season with five-straight conference games, including home dates with Oswego (Apr. 14), Potsdam (Apr. 21) and Plattsburgh (Apr. 28). The SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals are scheduled for May 2 followed by the championship game on May 5.