GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's lacrosse team opens the 2019 campaign on Saturday traveling to Maritime (N.Y.) for a 1:00 p.m. face-off. Here are six things you need to know about the 2019 Knights heading into the season.
IN THE NICK OF TIME
Third-year head coach Nick Fiorentino looks to keep the momentum going in 2019 following his first two seasons at the helm. In 2017, he led the Knights to their first postseason berth in five seasons as well as a 9-6 record for their highest win total in in seven season. He also guided the 2018 squad to a 7-7 mark, finishing one win short of back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 2011-12.
Senior defenseman Jack Crowley looks to punctuate his standout career in a Knights' uniform. Named a SUNYAC First-Team honoree last spring after garnering second-team recognition in 2016 and 2017, he also was tabbed an honorable mention All-East Region selection by the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) last year. One of the top defenders in the region, he finished second on the squad with 30 ground balls and third with 17 caused turnovers.
Junior goalie Tyler Wetzel returns after landing All-SUNYAC Second-Team honors last spring. Starting the Knights' final nine games of the season, he finished second in the conference with a 60.5 save percentage as well as a 6.81 goals against average. He turned away 14 shots to earn a 6-5 victory at Clarkson in his first collegiate start and compiled a career-high 16 saves in the Knights' 9-4 victory over SUNYAC-rival Potsdam to highlight the year.
YOUTH IS SERVED
After graduating eight seniors following the 2018 season, Fiorentino features 18 first-year players as well as nine sophomores on his 40-man roster for the 2019 campaign. Five transfers also joined the program in the off-season.
CLIMBING THE POLL
Geneseo landed third in the 2019 SUNYAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason poll. Defending champion Cortland was voted first by the coaches of the conference after winning its 10th title in the last 11 seasons, followed by conference runner-up Plattsburgh. After the Knights, Oswego was picked fourth followed by Brockport, Oneonta and Potsdam, respectively.
OPPONENT SECTION - (2019 SCHEDULE)
Geneseo will play two more road games after its season opener, traveling to Ithaca (Mar. 2) and Morrisville (Mar. 6) before opening a three-game homestand opposite St. Lawrence (Mar. 9). Baldwin Wallace (Mar. 13) and Clarkson (Mar. 15) will also pay visits to College Stadium before the Knights hit the road for contests at Alfred (Mar. 20) and Salisbury (Mar. 23). After welcoming RIT to town (Mar. 27), Geneseo will square off with host Plattsburgh (Mar. 30) to kick off the SUNYAC portion of the schedule. A trip to St. John Fisher (Apr. 3) will complete the non-league schedule before back-to-back home games with conference foes Oneonta (Apr. 6) and Cortland (Apr. 10). Trips to Oswego (Apr. 20) and Potsdam (Apr. 27) bookend a home showdown with Brockport (Apr. 24) to close the regular season. The Knights look to make a return to the SUNYAC Tournament with the semifinals (May 1) followed by the championship (May 4) during the first week of May.