The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) completed tournament championship action on Saturday and the Geneseo track and field teams highlighted the week's performances by sweeping the men's and women's competition. With the two championships, Geneseo sets a new school record with nine SUNYAC championships in one academic year as the Blue Knights won the titles in men's and women's cross country, women's tennis, women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's indoor and outdoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field in 2009-10.
Men's Track & Field
The men's track and field team participated in the SUNYAC championships on Friday and Saturday at Brockport and the Blue Knights added the outdoor team title to their 2010 indoor championship by scoring 213 points to second place Cortland's 148.50. Sophomore Wenley Louis won the triple jump in 14.59 meters and the long jump in 6.86 meters to pace three individual winners for Geneseo. Sophomore Lee Berube led a 1-2-3 finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:11.74 as senior Tim Chichester, who was second in the 10,000 meters in 31:24.99, and junior Ryan O'Connor, who was second in the 1,500 meters in 4:01.96, finished in 15:14.03 and 15:14.54, respectively. Senior Ken Wickey won the shot put for the Knights with a toss of 14.61 meters and senior Andrew Sorrento placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.07 meters. Geneseo's Nwana Okafor was second in the long jump with a distance of 6.72 meters and senior Bobby Henchen was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:45.82. Geneseo travels to Springfield College for the ECAC championships on Thursday and Friday.
Women's Track & Field
The women's track and field scored 176 points to win the SUNYAC championship over Cortland's 160 points today at the 2010 SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field championships at SUNY Brockport. First year Marissa Liberati won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:25.57 and was second in the 5,000 meters in 18:05.82 to highlight the performances for the Blue Knights. Geneseo's Keisha Stokes and Jessica Shumway placed 1-2 in the high jump with leaps of 1.55 and 1.50 meters, respectively. The Knights had six other runnerup performances as senior Kristin Shumway was second in the 400 in 1:02.23 and the triple jump in 11.27 meters, first year Rachel Serpe finished second in the pole vault with a height of 3.11 meters, senior Alice Buskus was second in the long jump in 5.08 meters, Alyssa Smith ran second in the steeplechase in 11:44.03 and Brittany Talani finished second in the shot put with a toss of 11.09 meters. The Knights travel to the ECAC championships next Thursday and Friday at Springfield College.
The SUNYAC men's lacrosse tournament began with semifinal action on Wednesday as the second seeded Geneseo Blue Knights (10-3) defeated #3 Oneonta (7-9) on the Merritt Field by a score of 19-11. Geneseo exploded out of the gates with three goals in 2:34 on the way to a 7-2 advantage after one quarter. The Blue Knights extended to a 12-3 lead at half and 17-5 after three quarters before clearing the bench. Junior Craig Lange scored two goals and dished six assists to pace the attack for Geneseo and sophomore Brendan Kurpis scored four goals with one assist. Senior Erik Baranowski snatched 18 of 22 faceoffs with 11 groundballs, one goal and two assists and junior Scott Cost scored four times for the Knights. Senior Dennis Costanza made eight saves, allowed five goals and scored his second career goal to post the win in nets in 45 minutes of action, sophomore Noah Berg allowed four goals and made two saves in 9:44 and Michael Greubel allowed two goals in 5:16. Oneonta got three goals from Scott Kellman and two goals each from Scott Weiner and Jim van de Veerdonk. On Saturday, the Blue Knights faced top-seeded and nationally fourth-ranked Cortland and fell by a score of 17-5. Cortland jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter and led 9-1 at halftime on the way to the victory. Junior Craig Lange scored three goals, junior Scott Cost had a goal and an assist and sophomore Brendan Kurpis netted one score. Senior Dennis Costanza made 11 saves and allowed 16 goals in 58 minutes of action. Lange, defender Joe May and Cost earned All-Tournament Team recognition. The Blue Knights fall to 10-4 on the season and will await a possible at-large berth to the NCAA Division III championships.
The women's softball team (25-16) opened the SUNYAC double elimination tournament on Thursday and the fourth-seeded Blue Knights lost the opening game to third-seeded Oneonta, 5-2. Oneonta scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning with three singles after an error to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Bree Crossett hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to draw Geneseo within 2-1, but Oneonta used a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the fifth to secure the win. Junior Megan Pogemiller hit an RBI single to drive in senior Katie Holm in the sixth for the final run of the game. Junior Janine Montera allowed nine hits and three earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts in taking the loss. On Friday morning, top-seeded Cortland eliminated Geneseo from the tournament by a score of 3-0. The Red Dragons scored single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings to claim the win. Montera scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs with four strikeouts, while Geneseo was held to four hits in four separate innings. Holm and first year Jess Steubing had doubles, while sophomore Kelsey Ogden and first year Stef Rosenberg had singles. The Blue Knights complete the season with a record of 25-17, their most wins since going 26-15 in 2005.
The softball tournament web page can be found: HERE
The women's lacrosse team, seeded fourth, traveled to top seeded Cortland to take on the Red Dragons in the tournament semifinals today and fell by a score of 15-4. In an equally played first half, Cortland scored six goals on 14 shots, including 2-3 from the free position, while Geneseo scored just once on seven shots and were 0-3 on free attempts. Geneseo opened the second half with a goal as junior Anna Hutchings scored her first of two goals at 29:09, but Cortland responded with seven of the next eight scores to put the game away. Senior Abby Hungerford, who finished the season with team-highs of 54 goals and 68 points, and first year Rachel Petrone scored single goals for the Knights and junior Lauren Burgoon picked up one assist. Junior Annie Smith made nine saves in taking the loss as Geneseo finishes the season with a record of 8-8. Hutchings and senior defender Caryn Quinn garnered All-Tournament Team honors.