Men's Ice Hockey
The Geneseo men's ice hockey team rolled to a 4-1 lead after one period of play and held on to defeat the visiting Potsdam Bears (8-12-2/6-7-0 SUNYAC) by a score of 4-3. Senior Danny Scagnelli got the Ice Knights started scoring a rebound goal on the power play at 5:34 for his second of the season as Kaz Iwamoto and Jonathan Redlick picked up assists. Potsdam tied the score at 8:38 of the first, but Geneseo dominated the rest of the period. Junior Ryan Bulach netted his fourth of the season on the power play with Scagnelli and senior David Arduin getting the helpers at 13:29 for a 2-1 lead. Junior Corbin Rosmarin scored his ninth of the season under the crossbar from senior Clint Olson and first year Justin Scharfe at 16:20 and Scharfe netted his third of the year from classmate Jack Caradonna and Rosmarin at 18:23 for the 4-1 advantage. After a scoreless second period, Potsdam made the game interesting with a power play goal at 4:20 and a goal off a turnover at 9:56 to make it 4-3. The Bears had a couple of late chances with the goalie pulled, including a loose puck sitting in the crease with just seconds remaining, but the Ice Knights cleared the zone and held on for the win. Senior Cory Gershon made 28 saves to earn the win in nets as Geneseo moves to 12-10-1 overall and 6-7-1 in SUNYAC. The Ice Knights host #3 Plattsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Junior Ryan Riefenhauser scored a career high 24 points with 14 rebounds on 9-15 from the floor and 6-10 from the line to lead the Geneseo men's basketball team to a come-from-behind win over the host Buffalo State Bengals ( 17-4/10-4 SUNYAC), 84-82. Senior Mike Hoy hit 6-10 from the field, 2-3 from the arc and 4-6 from the line for 18 points, first year Gordon Lyons made 6-7 from the charity stripe on his way to 14 points with eight rebounds and sophomore Connor Fedge added 10 points. Geneseo trailed 42-33 at the intermission and still trailed by seven points at 50-43 with 15:40 to play when the Blue Knights went on a 30-13 spurt over 10 minutes to lead by 10 at 73-63. Geneseo carried a seven-point advantage into the final two minutes, but the Bengals scored six straight to cut the lead to 81-80. Fedge made a pair of free throws and Riefenhauser cashed one of two with 15 seconds left to give Geneseo an 84-80 lead and the Bengals got the final bucket with two ticks remaining. Geneseo moves to 11-10 overall and 9-5 in SUNYAC play and travels to Fredonia on Saturday.
The Buffalo State Bengals used a 14-4 run in the second half to lead 50-38 with 9:34 remaining and cruised to a 64-56 win over the visiting Geneseo women's basketball team tonight. FIrst year Shannon McGinnis hit 8-15 from the field and 4-5 from the line on her way to 21 points with 11 rebounds for the Blue Knights and senior Bri Dunton added nine points and six assists. In the first half, Geneseo led 7-0 before an 18-6 spurt gave the Bengals a five-point cushion. Geneseo responded with a 13-4 run to lead 26-22 before settling for a 26-all halftime tie. The Blue Knights fall to 12-9 overall and 7-7 in SUNYAC and travel to Fredonia on Saturday.
Women's Track & Field
The Geneseo women's track and field team participated in Boston University's Valentines Day Invitational on Friday night against primarily Division I competition and junior Marissa Liberati posted the top finish for the Blue Knights by taking 17th place in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17:35.25, which ranks 12th in the NCAA Division III standings. Geneseo placed five other runners in the top 50 of the 5,000 as first year Cassie Goodman waas 34th in 18:06.76, first year Alyssa Knott ran 37th in 18:13.24, junior Brigid Heenan was 38th in 18:15.57, senior Ashley Jones finished 41st in 18:21.73 and junior Esther Lok ran 46th in 18:51.29. Geneseo had four runners in the top 51 of the 800 meters as first year Keira Wood placed 30th in 2:15.79, senior Kelly Brunscheen was 37th in 2:17.30, first year Allison Hoh finished 42nd in 2:17.52 and junior Cailin Kowalewski was 51st in 2:18.13. Other top 50 running performances included Diahann Cuevo placing 46th in the 60 meter dash in 8.26 and Celeste Hoelzl running 49th in the 1,000 meters in 3:07.42. In the field events, junior Rachel Serpe placed 21st in the pole vault (3.05 m), Jessica Shumway was 28th in the high jump (1.48 m) and DD Yanoti was 30th in the triple jump (9.90 m). In addition, the Distance Medley Relay team of Wood, Brunscheen, Hoh and Kowalewski ran the fifth best time in Division III this season with a 12:06.19. Geneseo travels to RIT on Friday.