GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's lacrosse team kicks off the 2019 season on Friday (Mar. 1) hosting Rochester at 3:00 p.m. Here are six things you need to know about the Knights heading into the season.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Sixteenth-year head coach Carly Ritchlin saw nine players graduate from her 2018 squad that finished with a 13-4 record that included a program-best 11-game winning-streak and the number-two seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. A four-time SUNYAC All-Star and three-time All-Region selection, Erin Cregan (36 goals, 10 assists) finished her Knights career ninth in program history with 161 career points and seventh with 126 goals. Classmate Karen Boronczyk also departed after back-to-back All-Region and All-SUNYAC campaigns as one of the region's top defenders for four years.
Sophomore attacker Hannah Marafioti returns after a first-year campaign that culminated with SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors as well as second-team all-conference recognition. Marafioti led the Knights and tied for 14th in the SUNYAC with 48 points, while her team-high 40 goals were the ninth-highest total in the league.
BACK ON THE ATTACK
Junior attacker Tessa Doody and senior midfielder Mallory Max join Marafioti as Ritchlin's top-three returning scorers this spring. Doody landed her second-straight Second-Team All-SUNYAC honor after finishing fourth on the team with 45 points, fourth with 34 goals and second with 11 assists. She was also fourth with 21 draw controls and tied for fifth with 23 ground balls. Max was tabbed a third-team all-league selection after ending sixth on the squad with 29 points, including 23 goals that were fifth. She also tied for second with 45 draw controls, was third with 20 caused turnovers and tied for third with 28 ground balls.
LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Junior goalie Tess McFadden is back after garnering SUNYAC Third-Team recognition in her first full season as the Knights' starter. She finished second in the conference in victories with a 13-4 record while finishing third with a 9.08 goals against average.
SHUT 'EM DOWN
Junior defenders Caroline McGuigan and Cassidy O'Rourke return to anchor Ritchlin's defense in 2019 after both landed SUNYAC Third-Team recognition. McGuigan tied for fifth on the team with 23 ground balls and O'Rourke was seventh with 21 a Geneseo closed the year with the third-ranked scoring defense (9.04 GAA) in the league.
STAY ON TASK (2019 SCHEDULE)
Following Friday's game with the Yellowjackets, Geneseo is scheduled for a trip to William Smith next Wednesday (March 6) before hosting St. Lawrence (Mar. 9) and Clarkson (Mar. 13) in back-to-back home games. The Knights will then head south for Spring Break to take on Stevenson (Mar. 17) and Denison (Mar. 20) in Englewood, Fla., before returning home to host Montclair State (Mar. 24). Geneseo will close the month at RIT (Mar. 28) followed by its SUNYAC-opener at Plattsburgh (Mar. 30), before hosting three-straight conference games with Fredonia (Apr. 3), Oneonta (Apr. 5) and Oswego (Apr. 10). Trips to New Paltz (Apr. 13) and Brockport (Apr. 17) precede a visit from Cortland (Apr. 20) in the final home game of the spring. The Knights will close the regular season with trips to Buffalo State (Apr. 24) and Potsdam (Apr. 27).