GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior midfielder Liz Felix scored two goals and two assists while first-year midfielder Maddie Lee added three goals to lead the Knights to a 9-7 victory over Oneonta in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Quarterfinals, Tuesday.
With the victory, third-seeded Geneseo (12-5) advances to the semifinals to take on second-seeded Brockport on Friday (May 6) at 4:00 p.m. in a game to be played at Cortland. It will mark the 16th time in 18 years the Knights have played in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals.
Lee opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game and, after the Red Dragons got on the board at 27:34, Lee scored again after taking a feed from senior forward Erin Down and cutting in front of the Oneonta cage for a quick shot at 25:37.
The Red Dragons answered again at 23:17, but Geneseo would pull away with a 6-1 spurt to take a 8-3 lead at 6:15. Felix finished off a break with a hard shot into the upper-left corner of the Oneonta net at 15:21 before Down cashed in a free-position attempt at 14:42. With 13:04 on the clock, sophomore midfielder Erin Cregan got open for a nice feed from Felix in front of the crease and stuck a shot in the back of the net.
Oneonta (6-11) senior attack Catherine Clark scored the first of her two goals on the day off a Geneseo turnover in its own end at 11:06, but the Knights scored three more goals to build the five-goal edge. Felix scored her 99th career goal on a hard shot from close range at 8:41, before sophomore attack Hannah Millich (6:46) dodged through the Red Dragon defense for a hard-fought goal and Lee (6:15) cut open for a scoring feed from Felix to finish the run with tallies 31 seconds apart.
Oneonta closed the first half with the first of two tallies in the game by sophomore attack Taylor Casey to pull within four, 8-4, after 30:00 of play.
Clark and first-year midfielder Cara Zanta notched back-to-back tallies for the Red Dragons to start the second half as the visitors pulled within two, 8-6, with 24:45 on the clock.
Following an Oneonta foul inside the eight-meter arc with 19:27 remaining in regulation, Cregan hit an open junior attack Kathleen DePillo on the Red Dragon crease for a goal after the re-start to retake a three-goal edge.
The Geneseo defense limited the Red Dragons to one goal over the final 24:45 of regulation to hold on for the two-goal margin of victory. Senior goalie Claudia Coleates was credited with five saves to preserve the victory.