Geneseo Scores Last Seven to Edge Lycoming

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Sophomore Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) posted a career-high six assists and junior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) posted a career-high five goals to lead Lycoming, but a fourth quarter rally helped Geneseo take an 11-9 decision from Lycoming on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

The Warriors (0-3 overall) built a 9-3 lead into the third quarter after McCaffer scored on a man-up goal from Reilly, their fifth connection during the game. However, the Knights (1-1 overall) scored with 1:11 left in the quarter to close within five goals.

In the fourth quarter, Sam Thompson scored twice for the Knights scored twice to draw the team within two points. The Knights tied the game with 4:08 left and Drew Huntington added the game-winner with 3:32 left.

The Knights got on the board first, but the Warriors answered on a pretty one-time goal by junior Stephen Campaniollo (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) on a pass from senior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) with 8:27 left in the first quarter. Three minutes later, Reilly found McCaffer for the first time, helping Lycoming take the lead.

The Knights scored the next two goals to take a 3-2 lead, but Lycoming reeled off the next seven goals, with McCaffer starting the run on a man-up goal with 10:47 left in the half and then scoring again with 4:17 left to help Lycoming take a 4-3 lead into the break.

Junior Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Campaniollo and Lurie mixed in goals with two more from McCaffer in the five-goal third quarter.

Campaniollo posted two goals and Lurie added a goal and assist. Freshman Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) played well in the longstick midfield, notching seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) added five ground balls and sophomore Trevor Williams (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Catholic) notched two caused turnovers.

Thompson led the Knights with three goals and two assists and Andre Keating added two goals and an assist. Steven Cregan notched a goal, two assists, two caused turnovers and five ground balls. Tim Burgess added a goal, 10 ground balls and 11 face-off wins. Jeff Dunworth also picked up six ground balls and notched five caused turnovers.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, March 2, when they host Gwynedd-Marcy at 1:00 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

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Williamsport, Pa. -- Geneseo (11-9) rallied for its first win of the season, beating host Lycoming (0-3), 11-9, Wednesday. The Knights scored the game's last seven goals after the Warriors had taken a 9-3 lead with just 17:52 left in regulation.

Geneseo's rally started late in the third period on a goal by sophomore attack Andre Keating (Ithaca/Ithaca). Keating's goal, the first of his two in the game, came with 1:11 left in the period and stopped a stretch of seven straight goals by Lycoming.

The fourth quarter was all Geneseo: the Knights scored on seven of their 11 shots and junior Ryan Zaremba (Bay Shore/Army Prep) who entered the game at the start of the quarter stopped three shots to keep the Warriors off the scoreboard. Geneseo's man-down unit killed off two 30-second penalties, allowing only one shot during Lycoming's two extra-man opportunities.

Sophomore attack Sam Thompson (Queensbury/Queensbury) scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals and assisted on Keating's goal that closed out the scoring. Sophomore Steven Cregan (Rochester/Brighton) scored the tying goal with 4:08 left to play. Senior midfielder Tim Burgess (Syracuse/Westhill) won the ensuing face-off and 36 seconds later, first year Drew Huntington (Penfield/Penfield) notched the game-winner.

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