CORTLAND, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior midfielder Emily Haggerty, sophomore midfielder Liz Felix and sophomore attack Tara Basile each tallied a goal, but it was No. 1 Cortland overcoming the No. 8 Knights, 14-3, in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship, Saturday, at Stadium Red.
This was the second-consecutive season Geneseo and Cortland met for the SUNYAC Title. The Red Dragons also earned a 12-5 victory in the 2013 championship game.
Cortland (19-0) controlled much of the first half, racking up five unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of play. The Red Dragons opened the scoring in the second minute following a Geneseo turnover and, 33 seconds later, made it a 2-0 game en route to a 5-0 lead with 23:03 on the clock.
Haggerty put the Knights (16-2) on the board on a free position shot at the 13:59 mark and 24 seconds later, senior attack Caroline Buonocore hit a cutting Felix in front of the Cortland net for a tally that trimmed the lead to three, 5-2, at 13:36.
Cortland continued its offensive outburst with four unanswered goals in the last ten minutes of the first half. At 9:44, the Red Dragons scored on a free position shot before tallying three more times in the final three minutes for a 9-2 halftime lead.
The second half featured more of the same as the Red Dragons scored five consecutive goals to build a 14-2 edge with 14:20 to play. Basile netted the last marker of the game at 11:12 following a blocked free position attempt.
Entering the week ranked second in the region behind Cortland, the Knights remain a favorite to earn their second-straight at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The field will be announced at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night on ncaa.com. The Red Dragons earned an automatic bid with Saturday's victory.