No. 9 Women's Lacrosse Takes Care Of No. 17 St. John Fisher, 11-8

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior midfielder Emily Haggerty and sophomore midfielder Liz Felix each tallied three goals to lift the No. 9 Knights over host No. 17 St. John Fisher, 11-8, Thursday night at Growney Stadium. 

Sophomore attack Tara Basile and senior attack Meredith Weber added two goals each. Senior attack Caroline Buonocore added the last tally for the Knights. 

Felix opened up the scoring in the fourth minute of play with her seventh goal of the season. The Cardinals responded quickly with two successive shots. The first came three minutes after the Knights' opening goal following a ground ball pickup. Seven minutes after that, the Cardinals broke ahead for their first lead of the game. 

In the span of 2:05, the Knights (7-1) answered back with three consecutive goals of their own. Felix started the frenzy with a goal 23 seconds off the heels of the Cardinal tie-breaker. Off of her own draw control win, Basile put the Knights ahead 22 seconds later. Finally, Basile topped it off with her second goal of the game and seventh of the season, assisted by junior attack Katey Hart

The Cardinals (7-3) bounced back despite the 4-2 deficit by equalizing the score in the next five minutes. The period ended at an even 5-5 as the Cardinals scored another after Weber netted Geneseo's fifth goal. 

St. John Fisher started the second half with a 2-1 spurt to lead 7-6 with 23:40 on the clock. Following the first Cardinal goal at 27:58, Haggerty won the ensuing face-off and scored her first goal of the day at 26:07. Fisher would again answer to retake a one-goal edge with 23:40 on the clock, but back-to-back tallies by Haggerty in a four-minute span put the Knights on top for good, 8-7, at 16:29. 

Weber and Felix scored at 7:26 and 5:09, respectively, to cap the decisive four-goal run to extend the Knights lead to 10-7. St. John Fisher cut the lead back to two with a goal 37 seconds later on a free position shot. However, it would be their last of the game as Buonocore scored the game's last tally in the last four seconds to secure the Knights' win. 

Junior goalie Laura Passamonte earned five saves on the day as the Cardinals attempted 20 shots compared to the Knights' 17. 

St. John Fisher committed 18 turnovers to Geneseo's 14. 

The Knights are slated to play their first home game against Fredonia in SUNYAC play next Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m.