GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore midfielder Maddie Lee netted four goals to lead the third-seeded Knights to a 20-6 victory over sixth-seeded Buffalo State in the quarterfinals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, Tuesday.
The Knights advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight season and will face second-seeded Cortland this Friday (May 5) at 4:00 p.m. in a game to be played at top-seeded Brockport. A win over the Red Dragons would push the Knights to the SUNYAC Championship game for the first time since the 2014 season.
Lee opened the scoring at the 3:58 mark, beating a defender on the left side and streaking toward the middle to score on a low shot. Senior midfielder Lauren Corbett added a free-position goal under a minute later to give Geneseo a 2-0 lead.
Buffalo State (6-11) netted its first goal with 17:45 remaining in the half, but Millich responded with a tally 41 seconds later that triggered a 6-0 Geneseo run as the Knights built and 8-1 lead. The Bengals responded with a 3-1 run, but the Knights outscored the visitors, 2-0, over the final eight minutes to carry an 11-4 lead into halftime. Geneseo's 11 goals were the most its scored in the first half this season.
The Knights held the Bengals scoreless for the first 25:09 of the second half as they built a 19-4 lead on eight straight goals. Buffalo State netted a free position score with 5:41 to go, and added another with 2:42 to play, making the score 19-6, beforefirst-year attacker Megan Fisher scored her first career goal in the final minute as the Knights earned the win.