GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior attack Caroline Buonocore tallied four goals and one assist, while senior midfielder Emily Haggerty added three goals and two assists to lead the Knights past visiting Oneonta, 14-4, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play at Saratoga Field on Saturday.
In a game that honored the eight graduating seniors of the SUNY Geneseo women's lacrosse team, five seniors scored for a combined 11 goals in the Knights' sixth straight victory. Senior attack Meredith Weber scored two goals, while senior attack Caitlin Lally and senior midfielder Kylie Caesar chipped in one apiece.
The Knights (12-1, 4-1 SUNYAC) scored seven unanswered goals in the first half. Haggerty opened the scoring in the eighth minute after an Oneonta turnover, while Buonocore followed up with two consecutive goals. Buonocore scored at 18:42 with a hard shot up the middle and five minutes later, carried the ball to the left and scored on another hard shot at 13:17 that led to a quick chain of three goals in two minutes Knights.
Haggerty netted a shot at 12:22, before junior attack Katey Hart took a pass from sophomore attack Tara Basile a minute later that staked Geneseo to a 5-0 lead. Four minutes later, Hart scored her second consecutive goal of the game off of a Haggerty pass at 7:21. Weber completed the seven-goal half 28 seconds later, after back-and-forth passes with sophomore midfielder Liz Felix.
Geneseo matched their first half goal total in the second, with an additional seven goals. The Red Dragons (10-6, 4-3 SUNYAC) scored their only four in the half.
It was more of the same in the second half for Geneseo. Felix scored the first tally three minutes into the second half, assisted by Hart. Oneonta finally got on the board with a goal by Kiera McNally on a quick pass on a free position attempt at 25:48. The Knights responded with two quick goals. Weber scored her 12th goal of the season at 24:23 on a 20-yard run on goal before Haggerty scored her third goal of the game at 23:47 after slipping past two Oneonta defenders.
Oneonta and Geneseo alternated goals as Oneonta answered back two minutes later to cut the lead 10-2. Buonocore converted a goal on a free position attempt at 19:52. The Red Dragons' Marissa Makar scored following a series of turnovers at 12:06. Caesar followed up the Oneonta goal a minute later, assisted by Hart. Oneonta would score their last goal on a free position shot by Catherine Clark at 7:05.
The Knights ended the game with two unanswered goals. After a strong pass from Buonocore up the field, Lally netted her first goal of the season. Buonocore followed up one minute later with her 38th goal of the season, assisted by Haggerty to make the final score 14-4.
Junior goalie Laura Passamonte made four saves. This is the third straight game that the Knights have won by a margin of ten goals.
Geneseo will hit the road for the rest of the season, starting with a match at Buffalo State on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in SUNYAC play.