For the second straight year the Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team are the Western New York Athletic Conference champions after defeating Mercyhurst North East on Sunday and finishing a perfect 4-0 in conference play this season.
The game resumed after being postponed due to weather on April 10th with 50-seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Cougars on top 4-1. Chris Rabung made it 5-1 with a goal just after the restart to give GCC, which took over the No. 2 NJCAA National raking this week, a four goal lead after one.
Genesee scored ten times in second quarter including three from Christian Reiller, who finished with six in the game, and two from Nick Gray. GCC led 15-3 at the half.
The Cougars kept up their strong play in the second half, leading 19-3 after three and cruising to a 24-5 victory.
Brady Lawrence played a total of 36 minutes in net and then gave way to Mark Pucek who played 24 minutes. Both combined to make nine saves.
Mike Tolli was 7-8 on face-offs on the afternoon.
Pete DiLaura led the defense with four takeaways, five ground balls and two assists. Johnny Astrologo, Jordan McElligott, Bobby Wheeler, Adam Jacobs, Evan Horton, Jon Ryan and Blair Berg combined for 10 takeaways and 10 ground balls.
Reiller finished with six goals, Gray posted four goals and two assists, Rabung ended with three goals, Dave Ellsworth added a goal and two assists, Doug Ellsworth chipped in two goals, Jonathan Gill and Tyler Meegan each scored two goals, Luke Grahnert added a goal and an assist and Marcus Palvino and Blake Hurt each assisted on two goals.
Sunday's win followed a 14-5 Cougars win over Cayuga Community College on Saturday.
Genesee is now 11-1 overall on the season and will host Broome Community College this Wednesday night at 7 p.m.