GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's lacrosse team opens the 2018 campaign on Wednesday hosting William Smith at 3:00 p.m. at College Stadium. Fifteenth-year head coach Carly Ritchlin looks to lead the Knights back to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament for the fifth-consecutive season while building on a 2017 campaign that saw the team make its eighth tournament semifinal appearance in nine seasons.
A pair of First-Team All-Empire Region picks headline Ritchlin's core of returners. Senior Erin Cregan led the 2017 Knights with 49 points, including 38 goals that ranked ninth in the SUNYAC, while her 33 caused turnovers were the third-highest total in the league and her 41 ground balls were sixth. Senior defender Karen Boronczyk finished 11th in the SUNYAC in both draw controls (38) and ground balls (33) while also causing 30 turnovers for the fifth-highest mark in the league.
The duo also landed All-SUNYAC First-Team recognition and joins three other Knights that return following all-conference campaigns. Sophomore midfielder Tessa Doody capped her rookie campaign with second-team recognition after finishing fifth on the team with 32 points and fourth in both goals (26) and draw controls (24).
Junior attacker Hannah Millich looks to improve on third-team recognition after tying for second in the SUNYAC with 40 goals on her way to 43 points that were second-best on the team. Junior midfielder Maddie Lee also landed third-team honors after finishing third on the squad with 35 points and 27 goals.
Ritchlin welcomes a strong cast of newcomers to the mix in 2018. First-year attacker Hannah Marafioti and first-year defender Caitlyn Merkel lead a group looking to make a significant impact this spring.
Following Wednesday's match-up with the Herons, Geneseo will host Rochester on Saturday (March 3) before heading out for a three-game road trip. After taking on host St. Lawrence (March 7), the Knights will travel to Florida for spring break contests opposite Hamilton (March 13) and Eastern Connecticut (March 15). The squad will return home to three-straight matches at College Stadium, hosting RIT (March 24) and Ithaca (March 24) before entertaining Oneonta (March 31) in its SUNYAC opener. April features three of eight games at home, including a date with defending conference champion Cortland (Apr. 14) as well as SUNYAC-rivals New Paltz (Apr. 7) and Fredonia (Apr. 24). The SUNYAC Quarterfinals are slated for May 1, followed by semifinal (May 4) and championship matches (May 5) on the campus of the top-seeded squad.