GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's lacrosse team takes on host Cortland on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Championship game. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
SETTING THE STAGE
Geneseo (8-9) qualified for its second postseason berth in the last three years after compiling a 4-2 SUNYAC record to clinch the third seed for the tournament before defeating thir-seeded Plattsburgh, 11-10, in Wednesday's semifinals. Defending champion Cortland (13-4) compiled a 6-0 conference mark before defeating fourth-seeded Oswego, 13-10, in the tournament's other semifinal.
LAST TIME OUT
SUNYAC Semifinals: Geneseo 11, Plattsburgh 10: Geneseo sophomore attackman Tim Fallo scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left in regulation to lift the Knights to an 11-10 victory over host Plattsburgh, Wednesday. Geneseo led, 10-7, with 8:40 left in regulation and was able to overcome a 3-0 Cardinal run that knotted the game, 10-10, with 3:03 left in the fourth quarter.
REGULAR SEASON REWIND
Geneseo sophomore midfielder James Pratt totaled four goals and four assists, but it was visiting Cortland slipping away for a 13-10 win over the Knights (Apr. 10). Tied, 9-9, after three quarters, the Red Dragons started the fourth with a 4-0 run that proved to be the difference.
GENENSEO IN THE SUNYAC TOURNAMENT
Geneseo qualified for its 13th SUNYAC Tournament in the last 17 years, including its second in the last three seasons. The Knight made 10-straight showings from 2002-11 before breaking a six-year hiatus in 2017. The Knights improved to 10-3 in the semifinals, making eight-consecutive championship game appearances from 2003-10 and again in 2012 prior to this season. Geneseo has faced Cortland in all nine of its championship game appearances, defeating the Red Dragons in 2007 and 2004 for two of its three total titles. The Knights also won the 1982 championship as the conference winner was determined based on regular-season conference record from 1978-87 (the SUNYAC suspended play from 1988-99).
GENESEO VS. CORTLAND
Geneseo is in the hunt for its first victory opposite Cortland since an 8-6 home win on April 8, 2009. The Red Dragons lead the all-time series with the Knights, 36-6.
Of the 39 players currently listed on the Geneseo roster, 18 are first-years while nine are sophomores. Seven of the top-10 scorers are underclassmen, including eight of the top-10 goals scorers.
Sophomore attackman James Pratt ranks sixth in the SUNYAC with 47 points and 29 goals. Notching at least three points in the Knights' last seven games, Pratt tied a career-high with eight points on four goals and four assists in the squad's 13-10 setback opposite Cortland (Apr. 10) after adding two goals and four assists in the team's 11-10 overtime win against Oneonta (Apr. 6).
Six of Geneseo's opponents this season are either currently listed in the Division III national polls, or were at some point during the spring. Salisbury (Md.) was the top-ranked team in the country when they took on the Knights (Mar. 23), while RIT currently sits atop the most recent rankings. St. Lawrence, St. John Fisher, Ithaca and Cortland have been or are top-20 teams.