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Women's lacrosse falls to SUNYAC leader in overtime

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:00 pm

Rolling with an overall record of 7—1 and coming off its first SUNYAC win, The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team missed out on the opportunity to go perfect in the conference when it fell to Geneseo this weekend. 

SUNYAC giants and current conference leaders, the Geneseo Knights, have been stellar this season. The team is ranked at 12 in the nation and holds a perfect overall record of 10—0. Despite this, Brockport came the closest to giving Geneseo its first loss of the season, taking the Knights to overtime and losing by a single goal in a final scoreline of 12 to 11. 

Brockport lost, but barely falling short of breaking a nine-game winning streak against the 12th best team in Division III is a step in the right direction. 

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” junior midfielder Jade William said. “It was definitely a hard loss; I won’t lie. At the same time, Geneseo is undefeated and the thought that we played such a close game with them gives us hope for the rest of the season.” 

The Golden Eagles squared off against the Geneseo Knights on Friday, April 6, on Brockport turf. 

Yes, the team did not find the net 10 times in the first half like it did in Oswego, but its offense ran the same shooting rhythm against Geneseo. Just like its outing to Oswego, Brockport went down to begin the Geneseo game, but bounced back with quick consecutive goals. Four goals to Geneseo’s one in the first half was a great start considering Geneseo’s lowest opening half scoring record against SUNYAC opposition is nine. 

Holding off Geneseo’s firepower in the first while adding a fifth to start the second was not enough for Brockport to run away with the lead, and following a spell of costly turnovers for Brockport, Geneseo strung together a three-goal run to get in reaching distance with the home team. Incredibly, Williams scored a hat trick in a solo run to give Brockport some leeway from Geneseo’s attack, but her effort did not amount to a stable lead. The Golden Eagles’ momentum crumbled under a late push from the Knights, and the team gave up a game-crushing six goals during the fourth period. 

“We had a lot of turnovers,” Williams said. “Offensively, we didn’t value the ball, and I think as the score got closer, we started getting nervous and the turnovers showed that fear.”

Following a last ditch effort that skimmed the goal post-wide from Brockport junior midfielder Hannah Cullen in the last 12 seconds of the game, the match went into overtime. Geneseo took control after Brockport lost the opening draw control, scoring the game winner and securing its third consecutive conference victory. 

Junior attacker Sara Grapevine facilitated with five assists and Williams finished with four goals to secure herself as the team’s top scorer with 15 in the season. 

Regardless of the fact that the Golden Eagles suffered their seventh defeat of the season, they are holding an even conference record of 1—1 and were a few plays away from holding off the leading power in the conference.

“I don’t think we’ve peaked yet as a team and we will be better off in the long run for the SUNYACs,” Williams said. “We still have a ways to go, but I think we will get there.” 

Brockport has shown gradual progression this season and consistency will be key in translating that into future SUNYAC wins. 

As of April 6, the team’s next game will be played against Fredonia away from home. Fredonia is struggling to find any sort of form and is currently 0—9. Brockport will look to take advantage of Fredonia’s poor season in hopes of securing its second SUNYAC victory.