Lycoming vs. Geneseo State
February 29, 2012
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Down by four goals late in the first half, junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) responded, scoring five goals in a row to give the Lycoming College men’s lacrosse team a lead and then added two more fourth-quarter goals to secure a 10-9 win over SUNY Geneseo, which is receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, on a wet Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Monroe Community College.

The 2011 Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, Romano willed Lycoming (2-1 overall) back from a 6-2 first-half deficit, scoring on a dish from senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland). Romano owned the first seven minutes of the second half, scoring three times, the last on an unassisted goal to tie the game at six before he helped the Warriors take the lead on a dish from junior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.

Geneseo (0-1 overall) tied the game 64 seconds into the fourth quarter, but unassisted goals from Romano and sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) put Lycoming in control. When a goal from Brendan Kurpis pushed the Knights within a goal, Romano again answered with an unassisted goal with 4:08 left and a goal by the Knights with 10 seconds left made up the final margin.

Steven Cregan got the Knights on the board in the first quarter and added two assists, as the Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Farrell scored with 1:41 left in the opening quarter. A late goal in the quarter gave the Knights a 5-1 lead.

In the second quarter, the Warriors worked to cut the lead to three goals, as senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) scored on an unassisted tally to make it 5-2 before a Geneseo goal made it 6-2, setting up Romano’s run.

Farrell posted two goals and Walker, sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Hauk (Sacketts Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart), senior Hank Runser (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Doherty each added assists. Senior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) won nine faceoffs and added four groundballs, along with freshman Kyle Hauk (Sacketts Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart), who also posted two caused turnovers. Andrew Hauk posted nine saves in the win.

Kurpis led the Knights with three goals while Cregan posted two goals and four assists. Tim Burgess picked up six groundballs and Kyle Johnson posted four caused turnovers for the Blue Knights. Ryan Zaremba made three saves in net.

Lycoming stays on the road, heading to Ithaca for a 3:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 7.