Women's Lacrosse Hosts Buffalo State In SUNYAC Quarterfinals


GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's lacrose team hosts Buffalo State in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Quarterfinals, Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

The winner will advance to the semifinals on Friday (May 5) to take on second-seeded Cortland at 12:30 p.m. Tournament host and top-seeded Brockport will square off with the winner of Tuesday's other semifinal between fifth-seeded Oneonta and fourth-seeded Oswego. The tournament championship game is scheduled for Saturday (May 6) at 1:00 p.m. at Brockport.

Geneseo (8-8) qualified for its fifth-straight SUNYAC Tournament, clinching the third seed with a 5-3 conference mark after winning its final three league games of the season.

Junior attacker Erin Cregan leads the team with 45 points on 34 goals and 11 assists and has also compiled team-highs with 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. Junior attacker Hannah Millich has tallied a squad-best 35 goals, including 15 scores in her past three games against SUNYAC opponents. She was credited with five goals and two assists to tie a career-high with seven points in last Saturday's 15-7 win over visiting Potsdam and also scored seven goals in the 13-4 win over Oswego (Apr. 18).

Sophomore midfielder Carly Cullen leads the team with 34 draw controls while junior defender Karen Boronczyk ranks second in caused turnovers (30) and third in draw controls (27).

The Knights earned a 12-11 victory over Buffalo State during the regular season, as sophomore Maddie Lee scored three goals and added an assist to help Geneseo hold off a late surge by the Bengals. Buffalo State cut the Knights' lead to one goal with 46 seconds remaining in the game, but senior Jenelle Lightfoote gathered the final draw control to seal the victory. 

Making its 17th apperance in the SUNYAC Tournament, Geneseo owns a 9-16 all-time record in the conference postseason, including a 2-0 mark in the quarterfinals since the tournament field was expanded to six teams in 2015. Last season, the Knights defeated Oneonta, 9-7, in an opening-round home game before falling to Brockport, 14-8, in the semifinals played at Cortland.

Buffalo State earned the sixth seed for the SUNYAC Tournament after compiling a 3-5 conference mark and will be looking to snap a four-game slide entering the postseason.

Junior attacker Alanna Herne leads the SUNYAC and ranks 10th in Division III with 49 assists, while her 82 points is also tops in the league and 29th nationally. Held scoreless in only one game this spring, Herne notched a season-high nine points on three occasions, including a six-goal/three-assist showing in the Bengals' 14-10 win at Fredonia (Apr. 4). She also tallied a goal and five assists in the team's 12-11 setback at Geneseo  (Apr. 11) as the squad nearly made up a five-goal deficit in the last eight minutes of regulation.

Junior attacker Christina Krowel stands fourth in the SUNYAC with 40 goals while her 49 points rank ninth. Senior midfielder Cassie Saint-Vil leads the team in ground balls (53), caused turnovers (28) and draw controls (61) and has also netted 14 goals.

Buffalo State owns a 2-8 all-time mark in the SUNYAC Tournament, including a 1-1 record opposite Geneseo. The Bengals earned a 19-9 victory over the Knights in the 2009 semifinals, while falling in the quarterfinals, 12-3, on the road in 2015.