ORLANDO, Fla. - SUNY Geneseo junior attack Katey Hart scored four goals, including the game-winner in the fourth overtime period, as the No. 9 Knights escaped Springfield (Mass.), 10-9, in women's lacrosse action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Senior attack Caroline Buonocore also scored four goals for Geneseo, which improved to 5-0 on the season with the victory.
Springfield (3-4) got on the board first 4:40 into the game, but Geneseo answered 18 second later on a free-position tally by senior midfielder Emily Haggerty as the teams traded three goals apiece to start the game.
Tied, 3-3, with 10:52 on the clock following Haggerty's second goal of the game, Buonocore scored four unanswered goals, including three that gave Geneseo a 6-3 halftime lead.
Buonocore struck 38 second into the second half to make it a 7-3 Knight's edge, but Springfield would finish regulation with a 5-1 run, including the game-tying tally with 17 seconds on the clock, to force overtime.
Springfield won the opening draw control and possessed the ball for all of the first 3:00 of overtime, but came away empty handed. In the second 3:00, Geneseo took possession following a Pride turnover and converted with a goal by Hart with 1:44 on the clock. The Knights had possession of the ball with under a minute remaining, but a turnover would lead to the Sprinfield equalizer with 39 seconds on the clock. Geneseo weathered two more Pride shots in the final 21 seconds, as junior goalkeeper Laura Passamonte stopped a pair of free position shot attempts, including a point-blank stop with :04 on the clock, as the teams headed to a second overtime.
Both goalies came up with two big saves in the first 3:00 of the second overtime, including another by Passamonte with :04 on the clock, to force another 3:00 of the second overtime. With 2:14 on the clock, Hart got loose on the left side of the Springfield cage and scored on a shot from seven yards in front of goal for the decisive tally.
Geneseo out-shot the Pride, 26-20, including a 19-14 edge in shots on goal.
The Knights return north to take on host Rochester next Tuesday (March 25) at 4:00 p.m.