GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's lacrosse team takes on host Plattsburgh on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Semifinals.
SETTING THE STAGE
Geneseo (7-9) qualified for its second postseason berth in the last three years after compiling a 4-2 SUNYAC record to clinch the third seed for the tournament. Plattsburgh (7-8) also compiled a 4-2 conference record but was awarded the second seed based on its 7-6 victory over the visiting Knights (Mar. 30) during the regular season. Top-seeded Cortland faces fourth-seeded Oswego in Wednesday's other semifinal with the two victors advancing to Saturday's SUNYAC Championship game on the campus of the highest remaining seed's home field.
REGULAR SEASON REWIND
Plattsburgh held off visiting Geneseo, 7-6, in the teams' regular-season matchup. Neither team led by more than one goal in a game that featured six ties and five lead changes. First-year midfielder Sean Byrne tied the game, 6-6, with 12:12 left in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals scored what proved to be the deciding tally just over 10 minutes later to pull off the one-goal victory. Knights' junior goalie Tyler Wetzel totaled 16 saves while seven Geneseo players scored a goal. The Knights won 11-of-17 face-offs, including 6-of-8 by first-year midfielder Ryan Lee.
GENENSEO IN THE SUNYAC TOURNAMENT
Geneseo qualified for its 13th SUNYAC Tournament in the last 17 years, including its second in the last three seasons. The Knight made 10-straight showings from 2002-11 before breaking a six-year hiatus in 2017. Geneseo owns a 9-3 record in the semifinals, advancing to the championship game eight-consecutive years from 2003-10 and again in 2012 while winning titles in 2004 and 2007. The Knights also won the 1982 championship as the conference winner was determined based on regular-season conference record from 1978-87 (the SUNYAC suspended play from 1988-99).
GENESEO VS. PLATTSBURGH
Geneseo leads the all-time series with Plattsburgh, 14-8, but the Cardinals have won the last seven-straight contests. Geneseo is 2-0 versus Plattsburgh in the postseason, winning SUNYAC Semifinal contests in 2009 (21-11) and 2012 (7-5).
Of the 39 players currently listed on the Geneseo roster, 18 are first-years while nine are sophomores. Seven of the top-10 scorers are underclassmen, including eight of the top-10 goals scorers.
Sophomore attackman James Pratt ranks sixth in the SUNYAC with 47 points and 29 goals. Notching at least three points in the Knights' last six games entering the postseason, Pratt tied a career-high with eight points on four goals and four assists in the squad's 13-10 setback opposite Cortland (Apr. 10) after adding two goals and four assists in the team's 11-10 overtime win against Oneonta (Apr. 6).
Six of Geneseo's opponents this season are either currently listed in the Division III national polls, or were at some point during the spring. Salisbury (Md.) was the top-ranked team in the country when they took on the Knights (Mar. 23), while RIT currently sits atop the most recent rankings. St. Lawrence, St. John Fisher, Ithaca and Cortland have been or are top-20 teams.