ITHACA, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior attack Katey Hart scored four goals while senior attack Caroline Buonocore added three to lead the No. 10 Knights to a 10-7 victory over No. 20 Ithaca, Thursday at Higgins Stadium.
Senior attack Meredith Weber netted the first goal in the second minute on an unassisted ball. Ithaca (0-1) responded four minutes later with a goal by midfielder Niki Standera. Ithaca and Geneseo continued to exchange goals as Hart scored her first of the day in the 16th minute and Ithaca attack Becky Guzzo took a pass off of a draw control to even the score a minute later.
Tied, 2-2, with 14:31 left in the first half, Geneseo scored three-unanswered goals in an eight-minute stretch to lead, 5-2, with 5:32 left in the first. Hart converted a free position shot to give Geneseo the lead in the 17th minute. Three minutes later, sophomore midfielder Liz Felix scored her second goal of the season. Finally, Buonocore added to the Geneseo lead with a shot following an Ithaca turnover.
Following the Geneseo offensive run, Ithaca scored again with a free position shot. Hart answered back with her third goal of the game and fourth of the season. Continuing the trend of back-and-forths, Ithaca again reduced the lead in the last thirty seconds.
With Geneseo leading 7-4 early in the second half, Ithaca scored three-straight goals in a three-minute span to tie the game, 7-7, at 19:31, but Geneseo would go on to finish the game with three more unanswered while holding the Bombers scoreless the rest of the way. Senior midfielder Kylie Caesar started Geneseo's final run at 13:30 for her second goal of the season. Hart converted another free position shot at 9:09 and Buonocore ended the day with a goal with 3:32 to play in regulation. Both Hart and Buonocore have five goals on the season.
Ithaca out-shot Geneseo, 19-18 and collected 15 ground balls compared to the Knights' 14. Ithaca led the turnover count 16-15.
Geneseo takes on RIT next Tuesday on the road at 4:00 p.m.