Spartans Can't Keep Pace with Knights in Opener

Castleton, Vt. - The Spartans opened their season with a tough match against Geneseo St., dropping their first match of the year to the Knights by a score of 17-1.

Emily Haggerty led the Knights with three goals and five assists while grabbing five ground balls and causing two turnovers. Caroline Buonocore had four goals, five ground balls, and four caused turnovers for Geneseo St. The Knights' goalie Julie Bernatzky made four saves while allowing just one goal.

The Knights got on the board just 2:01 into the game with a free position goal from Haggerty. They continued their rally, notching ten goals in the first half. Castleton struggled to generate any offense in the frame, firing just three shots on goal in the first half.

In the second half, Geneseo St. tallied the first goal of the frame with 25:03 left to take an 11-0 lead. Lea Paris notched the goal off an assist from Haggerty.

At the 23:00 mark of the second half the Spartans got on the board. Jessica Taplin drove the ball to the middle of the Knights' defense and was fouled on her way to the net. She received a free position shot and converted over the right shoulder of Bernatzky to give the Spartans their first and only tally of the game.

Geneseo St. finished the game on a 6-0 run to drive the score to 17-1. The Knights improve to 1-0 on the season and will face RIT on Tuesday Mar. 5. The Spartans fall to 0-1 on the year and will host Keene St. on Wednesday, Mar. 6.

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Castleton, Vt. Geneseo (1-0) opened its season with a 17-1 rout of host Castleton State (0-1) Saturday. The Knights outshot the host Spartans 38-10 and nine players scored goals.

Geneseo recorded the program's biggest margin of victory since opening the 2011 season with a 24-2 win over Sweet Briar. The Knights held Castleton State an NCAA playoff team last spring off the scoreboard for the first 46:57; the Spartans' only score came on a free position goal after Geneseo had opened up a commanding 11-0 advantage.

Junior midfielder Emily Haggerty (Syracuse/Westhill) led Geneseo with eight points one short of her career high, collecting three goals and eight assists. Junior attack Caroline Buonocore (Syracuse/Westhill) added four goals.

Haggerty raised her career totals to 76 goals and 42 assists in 32 games; her 118 points are tied for 12th on the program's all-time list and she's 14 away from moving into the top 10. She also ranks seventh in assists and 15th in goals.

Sophomore attack Katey Hart (Syracuse/West Genesee), junior attack Meredith Weber (Bellport/Bellport) and first year midfielder Tara Basile (Wantagh/Wantagh) scored two goals apiece. Basile's were the first two of her career.

Buonocore now has 148 points in her career, good for sixth all-time at Geneseo. She ranks fourth with her 125 goals. Senior Senior midfielder Rachel Petrone (Rochester/Penfield) scored a second-half goal, giving her 112 points and 89 goals; those totals are both 14th among Geneseo's career leaders.

Senior Julie Bernatzsky (Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai) played the first 55:30, making four saves.

Sophomore Laura Passamonte (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) held Castleton State scoreless over the final 4:30.

Buonocore led the team with five ground balls, matching a career best. Haggerty and Hart both picked up four. Haggerty recorded a team-leading six draw controls and Buonocore tied her career high with four of the Knights' 19 caused turnovers. Haggerty, Hart, Petrone, Senior midfielder Lea Paris (Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) and junior midfielder Kylie Caesar (Delmar/Bethlehem) collected two each.

Paris contributed a goal and an assist. Caesar and junior attack Caitlin King (Wading River/Shoreham) each picked up a goal.

The Knights play a 4:00 p.m. game at Rochester Institute of Technology Tuesday.


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