GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore attacker Hannah Marafioti totaled eight goals and two assists, including the overtime game-winning tally, to lead the Knights to an 19-18 victory over No. 18 Cortland in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's lacrosse, Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior defender Mallory Max split through the Red Dragon defense twice for back-to-back goals to give the Knights a 4-2 lead with 15:52 on the first-half clock.
- Cortland responded with a 4-0 surge over the next eight minutes, but another nice dodge by Max at 6:57 kicked off a 3-0 Geneseo run. Marafioti converted a free-position shot at 6:18 before sophomore attacker Nicole Voci converted a nice right-wing dodge off a feed through three defenders by sophomore attacker Jacqui Thorsen for a 7-6 lead at 4:51.
- The Red Dragons scored two of the final three goals of the half to knot the score, 8-8, after 30 minutes of play and opened the second half with a 4-1 run to build its largest lead of the game, 12-9, with 21:42 left in regulation.
- Cortland maintained a 14-11 lead at 17:57 before Geneseo tied the game, 14-14, with three straight goals. Junior midfielder Tessa Doody scored inside the right post on a run from behind the cage at 14:43 before Max converted a free-position tally at 13:40 and Voci scored off a close-range shot fake inside the right post at 13:06.
- The Red Dragons broke a 15-15 tie with two goals in a 16-second span to lead, 17-15, with 7:20 on the clock. However, Geneseo scored three-straight goals to lead to take an 18-17 lead with under three minutes in regulation. Marafioti scored off a nice pivot in front of the Cortland crease at 5:10 before hitting Voci with a long pass forward to set up the tying tally for a 17-17 score at 3:34. Marafioti put the Knights ahead with a five-yard shot in front that trickled through the Cortland goalie's feet with 2:16 remaining.
- Cortland tied the game with 1:45 left in the second half to force overtime. The Red Dragons won the first draw, but Geneseo first-year goalie Margaret Rosaschi made one of her 10 saves on the day to keep the Knights alive.
- Cortland also won the second draw of overtime, but senior defender Emily Young caused a turnover gave the Geneseo what proved to be the deciding possession.
- Marafioti dumped a pass to Voci behind the Red Dragon net. Voci made her way around the right post and found Marafioti cutting away from a defender in front to get loose for a crossing shot inside the left post for the game-winner.
- Cortland lost to a SUNYAC team for only the second time its last 90 outings. The Red Dragons lost at Brockport, 16-11, on Apr. 25, 2017 for their only other setback to a conference opponent dating back to 2009. It was also the most goals the 20-time defending SUNYAC Champions had given up since a 22-9 setback at Salisbury on March 15, 2008.
- Geneseo beat Cortland for only the second time in 34 all-time meetings and for the first time since a 14-12 home victory on April 12, 2005.
- Max finished with four goals while Voci finished with two goals and three assists. Thorsen added a goal, three assists and a team-high six draw controls while senior midfielder Maddie Lee finished with two goals and a team-high five ground balls.
- Marafioti moved into 16th place on the Knights career-scoring list with 122 points to date, and 19th with 94 career goals. Her 74 points this spring are the fourth-highest single season total ever by a Geneseo player, while her 54 goals are tied for the fifth-best mark. Doody moved into a three-way tie for 21st in program history with her 115th career point while Voci's 22 assists this spring are tied for the ninth-highest single-season mark.
- Geneseo took sole possession of first place in the latest SUNYAC standings. A victory in one of its final two remaining conference games (Mar. 24 at Buffalo State, Mar. 27 at Potsdam) would clinch the top seed and the right to host the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals and Championship (May 3-4) for only the second time (2005) in program history.
- Geneseo celebrated its four seniors - Lee, Max, Young and goalie Tess McFadden – in a ceremony prior to the game.
Geneseo travels to Buffalo State on Wednesday (Mar. 24) for a 4:00 p.m. start with the Bengals.