Castleton, Vt. – The Geneseo women’s lacrosse team (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 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 Bernatzky (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 p.m. game at Rochester Institute of Technology Tuesday.