GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's lacrosse team will take on Cortland in the semifinal round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament on Friday at Brockport with game time scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
The winner will advance to the final, scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m., to face either top-seeded Brockport or fifth seed Oneonta, who clash in the other semifinal game Friday night.
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. The Knights went on to throttle sixth seed Buffalo State in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, handing the Bengals a 20-6 defeat to advance to the semifinals. Geneseo has clinched a semifinal berth 17 times, including every year since the tournament field expanded to six teams in 2015.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
Junior attacker Erin Cregan has recorded a team-high 48 points on 37 goals and 11 assists while junior attacker Hannah Millich has netted a squad-best 38 goals while junior attacker Rachel Fisher leads the team with 15 assists. Sophomore midfielder Maddie Lee netted a team-high five goals in the quarterfinal against Buffalo State, bringing her season total to 25.
Cregan has picked up a team-best 36 draw controls this year while sophomore midfielder Carly Cullen has snatched 34. Junior defender Karen Boronczyk has nabbed 31 draws, recorded 30 caused turnovers and scooped up 33 ground balls.
The Knights fell to Cortland, 13-10, earlier in the season. Cregan netted three goals in the game, while Fisher, Millich and first-year Tessa Doody each scored twice. Geneseo held a first half lead, moving ahead 5-4 with 14:45 to go in the period, but couldn't hold on as the Red Dragons earned the victory.
Making its 17th apperance in the SUNYAC Tournament, Geneseo owns a 10-16 all-time record in the conference postseason, including a 7-9 mark in the semifinals. 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. Geneseo is seeking its first postseason win against the Red Dragons in 12 tries.
ABOUT THE RED DRAGONS
Cortland finished the regular season with a 12-4 mark, including a 7-1 record in SUNYAC play. The team's only conference blemish came at the hands of top seed Brockport, 16-11, on April 25.
Cortland has won 18-consecutive SUNYAC Women's Lacrosse titles, and 19 of the 20 titles since the SUNYAC began sponsoring a women's lacrosse championship in 1997.
Senior attacker Kristen Ohberg leads the Red Dragons and ranks third in the SUNYAC in points with 71 on 37 goals and 34 assists. First-year Lexie Meager has scored 31 goals, and pulled in a team-high 39 draw controls and caused 23 turnovers.
Cortland has lost to Geneseo just once in 31 contests. The Knights defeated the Red Dragons 14-12 in a regular season game on April 12, 2005.