Posted: Mar 16, 2018
GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo hosts Colby in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The Knights are in the hunt for their third national semifinal appearance in five years after defeating host Hobart, 4-2, in last Saturday's opening round. The Mules defeated the University of New England, 4-2, on the road for the first NCAA victory in program history.
The Knights earned an automatic bid to the tournament after defeating Fredonia, 7-1, in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship game (March 3) for their second title in three years. Colby also clinched an automatic berth after defeating Trinity, 4-1, for the first New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship (March 4) in program history.
Saturday's winner will advance to play either St. Norbert (Wisc.) or Augsburg (Minn.) next Friday (March 23)
in Lake Placid, N.Y. at Herb Brooks Arena with a berth in the national championship game the following day on the line.
A live, hi-def broadcast of Saturday's game will be available on GeneseoKnights.com, including live commentary provided by Geneseo student radio station WGSU FM's Sam Cooper (PBP) and Nate Sharman (Color). Live statistics will also be available at GeneseoKnights.com while in-game updates will be posted on Twitter (@GeneseoKnights). Fans can also have scoring updates delivered directly to their moblie devices by downloading the Geneseo Knights Front Row app (available on Google Play and in the Apple App Store) and turning on "notifications" for men's hockey.
KNIGHTS REWIND - GENESEO 4, HOBART 2 (NCAA TOURNAMENT 1ST ROUND)
Geneseo first-year forward Dan Bosio totaled a goal and two assists while junior goalie Devin McDonald made 36 saves to lead the Knights to the 4-2 road victory verus Hobart in the NCAA Tournament opener last Saturday. Senior forward Sotiri Athanasopoulos opened the scoring 1:55 into regulation before sophomore forward Joe Serpico tallied three minutes later to stake Geneseo to an early lead. Bosio made it a 3-0 edge with 7:24 on the second-period clock, before Hobart scored with 14 second left in the second and again in the third minute of the final period to make it a one-goal contest. First-year forward Carson Kelley scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation to seal the first NCAA road victory in Knights' history. McDonald notched his second highest save total of the season, only trailing the 41 stops he made in the Knights' 4-3 loss at Fredonia (Nov. 4).
GENESEO IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Geneseo is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, including the third in five seasons. The Knights defeated Salve Regina (R.I.), 7-1, and Williams (Mass.), 2-1, in a pair of home games to open the 2016 tournament before falling to eventual national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-1, in a national semifinal game played at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. Two years prior, the Knights turned an at-large bid into wins over Nichols (Mass.), 3-2, and Norwich (Vt.), 3-2, for the first two NCAA Tournament victories in program history. Playing in its first-ever national semifinal, Geneseo fell to eventual national champion St. Norbert (Wisc.), 6-2, in a game played in Lewiston, Maine. The Knights made back-to-back NCAA Tournament showings in 2005 and 2006 along with their first appearance in 1990.
GENESEO IN THE SUNYAC
Geneseo closed the regular season with a 10-3-3 record in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) to clinch the second seed for the postseason tournament. Receiving a first-round bye to the semifinals, the Knights defeated third-seeded Buffalo State, 5-2, at home, before moving past fifth-seeded Fredonia, 7-1, in the championship game for their fifth conference crown. Geneseo won the 2016 championship, back-to-back crowns in 2005 and 2006, and its first title in 1986.
GENESEO VS. COLBY
Saturday marks the third all-time meeting between Geneseo and Colby. Last season, the Knights came back for a 4-3 OT victory over the host Mules on the second day of the Bowdoin/Colby Face-Off Classic (Nov. 27). Current senior defenseman Pat Condon tied the game with 25 seconds left in regulation before current sophomore forward Conlan Keenan notched the game-winner with 2:10 left in overtime. Colby earned an 8-2 victory in the only other meeting (Nov. 28, 2003), taking down the Knights during the Maine Face-Off Classic in Brunswick.
Geneseo enters tonight's game with a 12-0-1 home record this winter, while out-scoring the opposition, 63-13. The Knights hold a 179-46 points advantage, including an 18-6 edge in power-play goals, while killing 47 of 53 extra-man attempts by visiting teams. Geneseo only trailed at home on two occasions for a total of 16:23. Nazareth (Oct. 27) was the lone team to lead after the first period, carrying a 1-0 edge into the second before succumbing, 4-2. Oswego took a 2-1 second-period lead (Dec. 1), but the Knights responded two minutes later en route to a 2-2 tie and their only non-win at Wilson Ice Arena this season. Geneseo is 50-15-7 (.743) over the last five seasons at home.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING!
Geneseo's five-straight victories is currently the second-longest winning-streak and third-longest unbeaten streak in Division III. St. Norbert enters the weekend with nine-straight victories, while Colby is 6-0-2 in its last eight outings.
QUICK OUT OF THE BLOCKS
Geneseo owns an 18-2-3 record this season when scoring first and is 15-1-3 when leading after the first period. The Knights have out-scored their opposition, 42-19, in the first period and have only trailed four times following the first 20 minutes of play. Geneseo is also 19-1-1 when leading after the second period with its only defeat coming at Elmira (led, 2-1, after two periods, lost, 3-2).
Geneseo sophomore forward Conlan Keenan was named a SUNYAC First-Team All-Star last month. Keenan leads the SUNYAC and is tied for 14th nationally with 39 points, including 18 goals that rank 14th in the country. Held scoreless in only three of the Knights' 28 games this season, he was credited with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 victory over visiting Buffalo State (Nov. 3) as well as in a 7-1 home win over Canton (Feb. 3) while also tallying two goals in a 5-2 win over visiting Potsdam (Nov. 10). It is the second-straight year Keenan was voted All-SUNYAC after landing second-team honors as well as Rookie of the Year recognition a season ago.
PAT ON THE BACK
Geneseo senior defenseman Pat Condon was voted a SUNYAC First-Team All-Conference pick. Condon is tied for seventh among SUNYAC defenseman with 14 points including eight assists that are tied for ninth. He scored two goals in the Knights' 7-1 victory over Fredonia in the SUNYAC Championship game and added a goal and an assist on two occasions this season, including a 6-2 win at Brockport. Condon also capped the 2015-16 campaign with first-team All-SUNYAC recognition on his way to third-team All-America honors.
RUNNIN' ON EMPEY
Knights' sophomore forward Tyson Empey was named a second-team all-conference pick last month. He currently leads the SUNYAC and is tied for eighth nationally with 21 goals, including 10 power-play tallies that are tied for the second-highest mark in Division III. He was credited with a career-high five points on two goals and three assists in the team's victory at Plattsburgh while also notching his first collegiate hat-trick in a wild 9-5 setback opposite the University of New England (Jan. 5). He added a goal and an assist in the squad's 5-2 win over Buffalo State in the SUNYAC Semifinals (Feb. 24)
ALL LAGRONE UP
Geneseo junior defenseman Duggie Lagrone was tabbed a Third-Team SUNYAC All-Star last month. The first-year transfer is tied for ninth among the nation's defensemen with 25 points, including 19 assists that are tied for 10th among blue-liners. Tied for fifth among all SUNYAC skaters in assists, he was credited with a goal and two assists in the Knights' 7-3 win at Stevenson (Jan. 13) a day after scoring a goal and an assist in the squad's 6-0 shutout at Lebanon Valley (Jan. 12).
Geneseo junior goalie Devin McDonald landed SUNYAC Third-Team All-Star status last month. He currently ranks sixth in the nation with a 1.79 goals against average and sits 17th with a .927 save percentage. Ranked third in victories with a 19-3-3 record, his .820 winning percentage also ranks fourth among Division III goalies. His 20-save effort in the squad's 5-2 victory over Buffalo State in the SUNYAC Semifinals moved him into first place on the program's career wins list as he enters today's game with a 46-11-11 all-time mark. His 1-0 win over visiting Brockport (Feb. 17) in the regular-season finale also established a new standard for shutouts (6) in team history. McDonald was also tagged a SUNYAC Third-Team selection in 2016.
Only seven teams in the 43-year history of Geneseo men's ice hockey have accumulated at least 20 wins, including three in the last five years under head coach Chris Schultz:
Geneseo men's ice hockey 20-Game Winners
Season | Record | W%
2017-18 | 20-5-3 | .719
2015-16 | 20-4-6 | .767
2013-14 | 23-6-0 | .793
1990-91 | 23-4-3 | .817
1989-90 | 23-9-2 | .706
1985-86 | 20-15-1 | .569
1984-85 | 22-10-1 | .682
APOLOGIES TO THE PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER
Geneseo junior forward Sotiri Athanasopoulos is tied for the longest last name in Division III men's ice hockey. Among those individuals with single-word, non-hyphenated last names, he and Bryn Athyn (Pa.) senior forward Anthony Notorfrancesco share the distinction of having a 14-letter moniker. Expand the search to include all NCAA intercollegiate programs and Division-I St. Cloud (Minn.) State women's sophomore forward Hallie Theodosopoulos makes it a three-way tie for second. Who owns the longest ice hockey surname in the nation you ask? Division I Ohio State women's sophomore Elise Riemenschneider wins the title with 15 letters.
SCOUTING THE MULES
Colby is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since falling to Middlebury in a pair of first-round games (2-1, 5-1) in 1996. After finishing the regular season with a 9-7-2 NESCAC record, the sixth-seeded Mules swept third-seeded Amherst (5-1, Feb. 24), fifth-seeded Wesleyan (5-1, March 3) and top-seeded Trinity (4-1, March 4) in three-straight road games to claim the first conference title in program history. Colby came back for a 4-2 victory at the University of New England in the last week's NCAA opener, overcoming a 2-1 deficit midway through the second period with three-unanswered goals. Sophomore forward Kienan Scott scored two goals, including a short-handed tally with 4:02 remaining in the second for what proved to be the game-winner. Senior goalie Sean Lawrence made 33 saves for his eighth-straight 30-save game. He also totaled a season-high 46 saves in a 3-0 victory over visiting Trinity (Feb. 10) to start the Mules' current 6-0-2 unbeaten streak. Scott and senior forward Phil Klitirinos lead Colby with 26 points apiece, followed by senior forward Cam McDonald and junior forward Nick O'Connor with 24 points each. McDonald leads the team with 15 goals, including a pair in the NESCAC Championship win over Trinity. Kilitirinos is tops for the squad with 18 assists.