GENESEO, N.Y. - Four SUNY Geneseo student-athletes were named PrestoSports Athletes of the Week announced by the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) on Monday afternoon. Women's tennis sophomore Natalia Krol, women's volleyball sophomore Maddie McLaughlin, field hockey senior Erin Nolan and field hockey sophomore Natalie Chojnacki each earned conference recognition.
Krol posted a 3-1 mark in singles play at the Mary Hosking Invitational, hosted by William Smith, over the weekend. In a tournament field filled with the toughest regional competition, Krol dropped a tightly contested match in the first round of the tournament, but bounced back with three-straight singles victories to win the consolation bracket.
McLaughlin helped the Knights to a 3-0 record in the CWRU Invitational hosted by Case Western Reserve this weekend. Against Thiel, McLaughlin recorded eight kills on 15 swings with no errors for a .533 attack percentage and added four digs and two blocks. She added five kills in a 3-0 sweep of Washington & Jefferson and then posted a team best 16 kills on just 28 swings (.464) to lead the Knights to a 3-2 win over the host Spartans. McLaughlin averaged 2.64 kills per set and hit a .375 clip to lead the Knights.
Nolan scored two goals in each of the Knights' games this week to propel the Geneseo offense to two victories. Against William Smith, Nolan broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter with back-to-back goals to put the Knights ahead. Against Skidmore, she scored two more goals, leading Geneseo to its first-ever victory over the Thoroughbreds in 10 meetings. Nolan is tied for the conference lead with four goals after stringing together multi-goal games for the first time in her career.
Chojnacki allowed just one goal in two games as the Knights posted two non-conference wins, defeating William Smith, 4-0, on Wednesday and earning a 4-1 victory over Skidmore on Saturday. Chojnacki earned a seven-save shutout against the Herons and made seven saves against the Thoroughbreds as well, posting a .933 save percentage and 0.58 goals against average over the two-game span. The sophomore goalkeeper leads the SUNYAC with an .844 save percentage through four games.