Second-Half Surge Leads Field Hockey To 4-0 Shutout at William Smith

GENEVA, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward Erin Nolan broke a scoreless tie with back-to-back third-quarter goals to push the Knights to a 4-0 victory at William Smith, Wednesday. 


  • After a scoreless first half, Nolan got things going with her first goal in the 34th minute. A Geneseo shot from the top of the arc kicked off the Heron goalie's pads where Nolan knocked the loose ball out of the air from in front of the left post. 
  • In the 42nd minute, junior forward Hayley Fonfara shoveled a ball on goal from the top of the circle that made its way to Nolan outside the left post for a short finish. 
  • Five minutes into the fourth quarter, senior defender Julia Kim scored on a drive from the top of the circle during a penalty corner. 
  • Less than three minutes later, first-year forward Maggie Phipps pinballed a loose ball in front of the William Smith cage out to sophomore defender Liz Burke, who scored on a five-yard shot. 


  • Sophomore goalie Natalie Chojnacki totaled seven saves to preserve her second shutout of the season. 
  • Geneseo finished the evening with an 11-8 edge in shots as well as a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners. 
  • The Knights defeated William Smith for the third-consecutive season after only winning one decision in the teams' previous 19 meetings. 
  • Geneseo second-year head coach Margaret McConnell earned the second victory over her alma mater. The first-team All-American defender made three NCAA appearances with the Herons before graduating in 2014. 


Geneseo hosts Skidmore this Saturday (Sept. 7) at 12:00 p.m.