CLERMONT, Fla. - SUNY Geneseo junior attacker Hannah Millich netted a team-high three goals while junior attackers Erin Cregan and Rachel Fisher each scored two goals and dealt out an assist as the Knights fell to Messiah, 15-10, at the National Training Center in Florida.
Senior midfielder Lauren Corbett handed out two assists while first-year midfielder Tessa Doody netted a pair of goals and sophomore midfielder Carly Cullen added a score. Senior attacker Kathleen DePillo and Cregan each scooped a team-high four ground balls while Cregan and junior midfielder Karen Boronczyk each forced a squad-best four caused turnovers.
Geneseo (1-2) fell behind in the first three minutes but Millich opened the team's scoring off a pass from Corbett to tie the contest, 1-1, 3:47 in. Messiah responded with three straight goals before Fisher found Doody with a quick pass and score to make it 4-2 with 17:50 remaining. The Knights added two goals in the final seven minutes of the first half but went into the break trailing, 7-4.
Messiah scored within the first minute of the second half but Geneseo responded with back-to-back tallies. Cregan buried a free-position shot with 21:18 to play followed by Fisher netting a man-down goal as she was knocked to the ground. The pair of goals cut the Falcons' lead to 8-6 with 17:42 to play.
Messiah netted four straight goals over the next 4:58 to take a 12-6 lead, its largest of the game, but the Knights battled back, outscoring the Falcons 4-1 over the next 4:37 to make it 13-10 with 8:07 to play. Messiah held Geneseo scoreless from then on, adding to its lead with two more goals in the final six minutes to seal the result.
The Knights will take to the field on Thursday in Clermont, Fla. opposite Keene State College at 9:00 a.m.