GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's lacrosse team hosts Brockport on Saturday (May 4) at 1:00 p.m.m in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Championship game at College Stadium.
HOW DID WE GET HERE
Geneseo finished the regular season with a 9-0 SUNYAC record for the first time in program history to clinch the conference tournament top-seed for the first time since 2005 while Brockport earned the third seed with an 8-2 mark. Earning a first-round bye, Geneseo defeated fourth-seeded Oswego, 18-5, in Friday's first semifinal matchup. Brockport took down sixth-seeded New Paltz, 17-8, in Wednesday's quarterfinals before upending 20-time defending Cortland, 17-12, in Friday's other semifinal.
SUNYAC Semifinals - Geneseo 18, Oswego 5: Junior attacker Tessa Doody recorded a career-high nine points on two goals and seven assists to lead the top-seeded Knights to an 18-5 victoy over fourth-seeded Oswego, Friday. Geneseo used a 7-1 run to finish the first half with a 10-4 lead and out-scored the Lakers, 8-1, in the second half to seal the win.
GENESEO IN THE SUNYAC TOURNAMENT
Geneseo owns a 11-18 record in 19 SUNYAC Tournament appearances, including an 8-11 record in the semifinals. Qualifying for every tournament except one (2008) since the tournament's inception in 1999, the Knights are playing in their eighth championship game and most recent since back-to-back showings in 2013 and 2014. Geneseo has never won a SUNYAC Championship in wome's lacrosse.
REGULAR SEASON REWIND
Geneseo defeated host Brockport, 13-11, in their regular-season matchup on April 17. Senior midfielder Mallory Max scored five goals as the Knights survived a second-half rally to defeat Brockport.
Geneseo sophomore attacker Hannah Marafioti has put together one of the most prolific scoring seasons in program history. Her 87 points this spring eclipsed the previous record 79 totaled by Maggie Morris '09 in 2009, while her 64 goals are the second-highest single-season total ever by a Knight. She enters Saturday's game 13th in program history with 135 points and scored her 100th career goal in last Saturday's 13-7 win at Potsdam to become the 14th Geneseo player to achieve the milestone.
Senior defender Mallory Max has enjoyed her best season in a Knights' uniform. She is tied for 11th in the SUNYAC with a career-high 56 points, while her 48 goals (also a career high) are the sixth-best total in the league. Max became the 28th player in program history to score 70 career goals and is two short of becoming only the 10th player to score 50 goals in a season.
DEFEND THE CASTLE
Geneseo enters Saturday's game with the SUNYAC's top scoring defense, only allowing 8.68 goals per game, while also leading the way with 14.44 caused turnovers. Junior Caroline McGuigan ranks third in the conference with 1.88 caused turnovers per game, followed by senior defender Mallory Max in fifth (1.65 CT/G). Sophomore defender Caitlyn Merkel stands third in the league with 4.24 draw controls per game as well as eighth with 1.47 caused turnovers per game. Max tops the squad and sits third in the SUNYAC with 2.82 ground balls per game, ahead of McGuigan in fifth (2.53 GB/G).
LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Knights' first-year goalie Margaret Rosaschi has won every decision in goal during the squad's current 10-game unbeaten streak on her way to an 11-2 record during her rookie season. She was credited with a season-high 11 saves in Geneseo's 14-8 win over visiting Oneonta (Apr. 5) as well as in the 13-10 setback to William Smith (Mar. 29). Rosaschi also made 10 stops in the Knights' 19-18 overtime victory against Cortland (Apr. 20).