GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo first-year attacker Hannah Marafioti totaled five goals and one assist, including what proved to be the game-winning tally, while junior goalie Tess McFadden totaled a career-high 13 saves to lead the No. 18 Knights to a 10-8 victory over No. 9 Ithaca, Saturday, at College Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ithaca (4-3) scored twice in the first three minutes of the game before Marafioti put Geneseo (6-0) on the board at 26:08.
- The Bombers made it a 3-1 game at 18:42, but back-to-back Marafioti tallies started a 3-0 run that gave the Knights a 4-3 lead at 14:27 they would carry into the second half.
- Ithaca re-claimed a 5-4 lead with two goals in the first four minutes of the second half, but Marafioti started a 4-0 Geneseo run over the next 11 minutes that gave the Knights an 8-5 lead with 15:01 remaining in regulation.
- The Bombers stopped the run with a goal at 13:53, but Marafioti's fifth goal of the afternoon pushed Geneseo's lead back to three, 9-6, at 11:27.
- Ithaca notched back-to-back goals in a four-minute span to pull within one, 9-8, at 6:56. However, Cregan dodged from the right wing and scored into the top-left corner from close range a minute later to seal the the Knights' sixth-straight victory to start the spring.
- Cregan totaled a game-high six ground balls, while McFadden ended the game with four.
- Geneseo earned its third victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. The Knights opened the season with a 12-9 victory over then No. 5 William Smith (Feb. 28) before also besting then No. 17 Hamilton, 15-11 (March 13), in Florida.
- Geneseo is off to its best start since opening the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with matching 6-0 records. The 2005 squad started the season with a program-record eight-straight wins while the 2011 team started 7-0.
The Knights travel to St. Lawrence on Wednesday (March 28) for a 4:00 p.m. start before hosting Oneonta next Saturday (March 31) at 1:00 p.m. in their State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opener.