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No. 4 Cougars Lose to No. 1 Lazers in Regional Finals

No. 4 Cougars Lose to No. 1 Lazers in Regional Finals

The No. 4 nationally-ranked Cougars could not stop No. 1 Onondaga Community College from winning its 11th consecutive Region III Championship, falling to the Lazers 24-4 on Sunday afternoon at OCC.

Genesee kept pace early on and after OCC took a 1-0 lead 3:35 into the first quarter, the Cougars answered when Cyrus Spruce found the back of the net on the man-up at the 7:30 mark  for his 41st goal of the season.

Onondaga went on to score four straight goals to end the first period and held a 9-1 lead before GCC scored again. John Jimerson made it 9-2 with a goal with just under five minutes to play in the half and after OCC scored on the man-up, Jimmy Smith returned the favor with a man-up goal for Genesee with 3:16 to play in the second quarter to make it 10-3. The Lazers went on a 3-0 run to end the half and led 13-3 at the break.

Kyle Fabian gave GCC the first goal of the second half, scoring unassisted less than a minute in. That would be the last time Genesee would find the back of the net, however, as OCC scored the final 11 goals of the game en-route to its 103rd consecutive victory.

Jimerson led Genesee with four ground balls and also had one takeaway. Alex Henry recorded three ground balls and three takeaways and Oliver Stoudt had two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Colton Reformat went 7-14 on face-offs, Mike Caternolo was 4-13 and Ray Tague was 1-4.

Corey Luty and Brian Thielman combined to make 13 saves in net.  

Smith and Spruce were both named to the all-tournament team for GCC.                           

Genesee (11-4), which qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament with a win on Saturday against Dean College in the regional semifinals, will await its seed and pairing for the tournament, which will begin on May 2.