The Geneseo women’s lacrosse team stumbled out of the gate this spring, dropping three straight games after opening the season with a 3-2 win over William Smith.

Since that 1-3 start the Knights have been on fire. They won their sixth consecutive game Wednesday with a 9-8 victory over Buffalo State in a SUNYAC game.

The Geneseo offense has found its stride during the winning streak, hitting double figures in four of the last five games. The defense, meanwhile, has been a constant throughout the season. Geneseo ranks eighth in the nation among Division III teams in scoring defense, surrendering 5.36 goals per game.

Senior Claudia Coleates (Marcus Whitman) has anchored the defense as a veteran presence in the goal. She is eighth in the nation in goals against average, giving up a scant 5.41 per contest. Coleates has been part of a Knights defense that hasn’t given up more than eight goals in a game and has held the opposition to five or fewer goals in five of their 10 games.

Coleates has gotten plenty of support. Her former teammate at Marcus Whitman, Jenelle Lightfoote, has started all 10 games on defense. The junior has five caused turnovers and seven ground balls on the year. Emily Young (Canandaigua) has also seen time as a freshman defender.

Kathleen DePillo (Waterloo) has played a big role in the Knights’ offensive surge. She has piled up eight goals during the team’s latest winning streak and has 10 for the season.

DePillo, a junior, tossed in a season-high three goals in a 13-6 triumph over St. Lawrence. She had a pair of goals in an 11-9 win over Ithaca. Morgan Racicot (Geneva) picked up an assist for Ithaca in the game.

Geneseo’s local connection continues with Madison Maher (Geneva), a freshman midfielder. Maher scored the first goal of her career in a win over New Paltz. She also has an assist on the season to go with a pair of ground balls. Kathleen’s sister and former Waterloo teammate Julia DePillo is also a midfielder.

Burrall also among Division III leaders

Coleates isn’t the only goalie making a splash. Hamilton freshman netminder Hannah Burrall (Geneva) is 15th in the nation in goals against average, surrendering 6.26 per game. She is also 13th in save percentage (.556).

Burrall has started all nine games for the 6-3 Continentals.

MCC women off to another fast start

The Monroe Community College women’s lacrosse team improved to 7-0 with a 21-3 victory over Nassau CC over the weekend.

Taylor Excell (Waterloo) contributed two goals and an assist to the win. She upped her season total to 12 goals and four assists for the Tribunes.

Jordyn Dala (Pal-Mac), who had an assist against Nassau, has two goals and four assists as a freshman.

Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears Thursdays in the Finger Lakes Times. Call Greg at 789-3333, ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at gmcnall@fltimes.com.

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