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Women's lacrosse regroups following loss to Geneseo

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 03:20 pm
The College at Brockport women's lacrosse team's seniors are celebrated in honor of Brockport's senior day against New Paltz.
The College at Brockport women's lacrosse team's seniors are celebrated in honor of Brockport's senior day against New Paltz.
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After six games stretching over a month’s time, The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team finally found a conference competitor capable of crumbling its perfect SUNYAC record. Sitting at one and two, the teams were flawless in the competitve conference, both heading into the matchup at 6—0. Brockport stood as the favorites as its 11—1 record was comparably better than Geneseo’s nine wins and four losses. On its home turf on Wednesday, April 17, the Golden Eagles’ reign of terror came to an end following a hard-fought loss to the unbeaten Geneseo Knights. 

The game started just as most others had for Brockport this year, taking an early 1-0 lead. However, it was the aggressive Knight responses that left the team scrambling to regain control. Geneseo’s response with three unanswered goals put Brockport in a hole that it would never climb out of. Senior attacker Sara Grapevine found senior midfielder Jade Williams to make the score 3-2. Geneseo countered yet again with four goals on five shots and brought the Golden Eagle deficit to five. 

Grapevine scored the next three goals for Brockport, with one coming before the end of the first half and two consecutive tallies to start the second. Following Grapevine’s third goal, graduate student Heather Conklin picked up her 46th goal of the year and brought the team to within one. The rest of the half was back-and-forth action between the two sides.

After two more goals from Geneseo, Brockport notched two of its own by Conklin and senior midfielder Victoria Thompson. The Knights scored four more in the half while Brockport was only able to muster up three, losing the match 13-11. After the game, the team walked off the field in a different manner than how it has been as of late. 

“Losing to Geneseo last week was a huge reality check for the whole team,” sophomore attacker Emma Nevers said. “It made us realize that we have a lot of work to do before the end of our season.”

The Golden Eagles would be offered a chance at redemption with a game later in the week against New Paltz. The 4—3 Hawks have earned wins over the weaker teams in the SUNYAC, which placed them in a battle with Oneonta for the final two postseason spots. Of the 10 teams, only the top six continue past the regular season. Brockport currently owns possession of the second seed and a confirmed trip to the 2019 postseason. 

Since the start of Brockport women’s lacrosse program in 2004, it has never lost to New Paltz in 11 meetings. After the Hawks took an early 2-0 lead on Saturday, April 20, Brockport’s attempt at rebounding from its recent loss looked bleak. However, the Golden Eagles made sure that their problems stayed in Geneseo with nine unanswered goals in response to New Paltz’s first two. 

Williams, Conklin, senior midfielder Hannah Cullen, freshman attacker Allison Jennings and junior attacker Chloe Kurst all contributed to Brockport’s 9-2 lead, with three of those goals coming in a span of one minute. After a Hawk goal to slow down the Golden Eagle charge, the team responded with two more Cullen and Thompson tallies before the end of the half.

The second portion of the game opened with another New Paltz goal which was followed up by four consecutive Brockport goals. Of the four, sophomore defender Lyndsie Pratt notched her fourth of the year using an assist from Kurst. Pratt’s efforts protecting the net that freshman goalie Morgan Elmer occupies has earned them both SUNYAC defensive players of the week awards during the season. 

“Playing defense has helped me in goal scoring this year because I have seen what works and what doesn’t on our defense,” Pratt said. “Seeing that shows me what to do when I get onto the offensive end of the field against another team’s defense.”

The green and gold’s conclusion to the regular season will be perfect preparation for what the SUNYAC playoffs will present. Brockport will take on DIII’s 12th ranked team, St. John Fisher, on Wednesday, April 24, and the 20th ranked, Cortland Red Dragons, on Saturday, April 27, for its final two games. Now that Brockport is officially in the playoffs, the game against Cortland may serve as a foreshadow to a possible postseason matchup.

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