CORNING - Sam Miller netted an unassisted goal in overtime as Geneva topped Corning 10-9 Tuesday in the Hawks' home opener in a non-league boys lacrosse contest.
The Hawks started off the game with a bang on a under-handed shot from Collin Neally from 10 yards out to give Corning a 1-0 advantage three minutes into the contest.
Corning would pick up its second lead with only six minutes left in the final quarter on a score from Quinn Bowler on an assist from Nick Nickerson after the Hawks outscored Geneva 6-2 to that point after the Panthers took a 5-2 halftime advantage.
"They come out and played a zone defense," Corning head coach Chris Hogue said. "Their goalie played outstanding in the first half. In the second half, we did much better offensively and really possessed the ball."
Miller tied the contest at 8-8 for the Panthers a couple seconds later and Nick Askin gave the Panthers a 9-8 advantage with 3:57 to go in regulation.
The Hawks fought back and tied the score 30 seconds later on a goal from Brendyn Hogue on an assist from Eddie Gigliotti, but couldn't contain Geneva in overtime as Miller netted the game-winning goal with 2:28 left in the extra frame.
Even in loss, Hogue was proud of his teams' comeback after falling down.
"We talk about effort a lot, we were down 5-2, 6-3," said Hogue. We worked hard some key plays, I was proud of the way they did come back and their resiliency."
Neally led the Hawks with three goals while Hogue added two goals and Gigliotti and Nickerson chipped in one goal and one assist a piece.
Miller had two goals and two assists for Geneva while Nick Askin added three goals and Nate Askin chipped in two goals.
Corning (0-1) will travel to Vestal Thursday at 7 p.m. in its next contest.