Geneseo Outpaces Oswego in SUNYAC Action

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Oswego State (6-5, 1-3 SUNYAC) dug itself a hole in the second quarter that it was unable to overcome, as Geneseo handed the Lakers a 14-6 loss on Saturday afternoon.

With the score tied at one heading into the second quarter, the Blue Devils tallied seven goals to take a six-goal lead into halftime. Six different Lakers scored, while Geneseo was paced by four goals and an assist from Sam Thompson.

Oswego State controlled play for most of the first quarter, but only scored one goal in the frame when Casey Balzer (Sr., Nassau, N.Y.) hit Chris Porten (Jr., Auburn, N.Y.) with a pass for his 11th goal of the season with 6:33 on the scoreboard. Geneseo evened the score four minutes later when Zach Yehl scored the first of two goals.

A Laker cross-checking penalty late in the first quarter led to Blue Devil Steve Aziz scoring a man-up goal 40 seconds into the stanza. Less than a minute later, Yehl netted an unassisted goal to get Geneseo rolling. The Blue Devils held a 5-1 lead when Connor Khammar (So., Camillus, N.Y.) found the back of the cage following a Cody Hoose (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) pass with 7:25 remaining in the half. Geneseo went on to score three more goals before the break, as it went ahead 8-2.

Both squads traded goals to open the third quarter when both Laker goals coming from Nick Giampaolo (Jr., Setauket, N.Y.) and Jimmy Cordon (So., Camillus, N.Y.). Geneseo posted two more goals in the late stages of the period, but Hoose scored his 21st marker of the year to make the score, 12-5, in favor of the visitors.

Oswego State pressured the Blue Devil defense in the fourth quarter, getting off 14 shots, but could not cut into the deficit. Geneseo registered two goals in the final three minutes before Balzer rounded out the Laker scoring in the waning moments.

Oswego State goalie Bryan Martin made nine saves, while Ryan Zaremba stopped 12 shots in almost 54 minutes and Michael Greubel saved two shots at the end of the game.

The Lakers look to get back in the win column on Wednesday at St. John Fisher for a 4:00 p.m. contest.

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Oswego, N.Y. Geneseo (5-4, 2-0 SUNYAC) remained unbeaten in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play, beating host Oswego (6-5, 1-3 SUNYAC) 14-6 Saturday.

The Knights outscored the Lakers 7-1 in the second quarter to take an 8-2 lead into halftime.

Sophomore attack Sam Thompson () led the Knights with four goals and an assist including a pair of goals during the pivotal second quarter. He's now scored 28 points this spring (22 goals, six assists).

Sophomore attack Brent Lawless (Massapequa Park/Massapequa) added three points on a goal and two assists and sophomore midfielder Zach Yehl (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) scored a pair of goals.

Sophomore attack Steven Cregan (Rochester/Brighton) tallied two assists. Cregan, who led Geneseo with five ground balls, raised his season total to a team-leading 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists).

Senior midfielder Tim Burgess (Syracuse/Westhill) and sophomore midfielder Steve Aziz (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) both contributed a goal and an assist. Aziz's goal was an unassisted score that started Geneseo's 7-1 second-quarter run. The Knights had eight extra-man opportunities and weren't whistled for a penalty.

Junior Ryan Zaremba (Bay Shore/Army Prep) stopped 12 of 17 shots while playing through the middle of the fourth quarter. Senior Michael Greubel (North Merrick/Mepham) closed out the game with a pair of saves.

Senior midfielder John Felix (Scarsdale/Scarsdale) and junior midfielder Jon Cicio (Northport/Northport) both picked up four ground balls. Felix, first year midfielder Jordan Briceland (East Amherst/Williamsville East), first year attack Harrison Dittmeier (Babylon/Babylon) and first year midfielder Brad Willows (Queensbury/Queensbury) each scored a goal.

The Knights host top-ranked Cortland Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. (the game had been postponed from Thursday).


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