GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior midfielder Alex Leuze tallied three goals while senior midfielder Michael Engstrom added two goals and an assist, but it was No. 7 Cortland pulling away in the second half to earn a 12-8 decision in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's lacrosse, Wednesday.
The teams traded two goals apiece to finish the first quarter tied, 2-2. Cortland opened the scoring at 13:57 before sophomore attackman Kyle Wanamaker cashed in an Engstrom feed at 9:48. The Red Dragons tallied again with 2:05 on the clock before Leuze spun off a defender and bounced home a shot from the right side at 1:31.
The score remained tied until back-to-back Cortland (10-1, 3-0 SUNYAC) tallies in a 3:29 span put the visitors on top, 4-2, with 3:08 on the second-quarter clock. Geneseo junior attackman Joshua Merkel bounced home a 12-yard shot on the run at 1:42 but it was Cortland re-taking a two goal lead on a man-up tally with 15 second left in the quarter to carry a 5-3 lead into halftime.
Cortland started the third quarter with a goal at 13:26 before Engstrom scored on the run from close range at 11:56. The Red Dragons answered less than a minute later but it was Engstrom scoring off a Merkel feed at 4:18. Cortland closed the quarter with a tally at 3:20 to carry a three-goal edge, 8-5, in the final period.
Geneseo (7-3, 1-1 SUNYAC) junior attackman Ryan Kelly opened the fourth with a goal at 11:38, but the Red Dragons put together a decisive three-goal spurt to take their largest lead of the game, 11-6, with 7:24 left in regulation.
Leuze notched back-to-back tallies just over a minute apart to bring the Knights back within three, 11-8, with 4:28 remaining, but Cortland held the Knights off the board the rest of the way en route to the victory.
Knights junior goalie Michael Yehl compiled a season-high 15 saves as the visitors ended up with a 38-28 advantage in shots. Geneseo finished with a 39-34 advantage in ground balls, led by a game-high seven from sophomore defender Jack Crowley.
The Knights return to action on Saturday, traveling to SUNYAC-rival Potsdam for a 1:00 p.m. face-off.