GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo field hockey team swept the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) yearly awards after an historic season. Senior back Julia Kim was named SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year, junior forward Haley Clark earned Offensive Player of the Year, first-year forward Maggie Phipps was tabbed Rookie of the Year and head coach Margaret McConnell grabbed Coach of the Year, as the Knights had seven student-athletes selected all-conference as well.
Kim was named an All-SUNYAC first-team defender, while Clark, Phipps, and junior midfielder Jordan Penkitis were also named first-teamers. Senior forward Elisa Arcara, junior back Kelly McKeveny, and senior forward Erin Nolan each earned second-team recognition.
Kim led a Geneseo defense that allowed a conference-best five goals in six regular season SUNYAC games. She also added three goals in two postseason games throughout the SUNYAC Tournament, totaling nine on the season. Kim earned first team honors in three consecutive seasons, and becomes the first Knight to claim back-to-back SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Clark earned all-conference honors for first time as she led the SUNYAC in scoring with 42 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. She posted two five-point performances, contributing two goals and an assist in an 8-0 victory against visiting Morrisville (Sep. 28) and dished out three assists and notched a goal in a 5-1 road victory at Houghton (Oct. 2). She is just the third player from Geneseo to be named Offensive Player of the Year (Michelle Milkovich, 2010; Bridget McGovern, 2011).
Phipps has started 20 of 21 games for Geneseo, posting 31 points on 12 goals and seven assists. Her 31 points ties the conference lead in scoring amongst first-years. Phipps totaled four goals in a 6-2 home victory opposite Oneonta (Oct. 19) and tallied two goals in her collegiate debut, a 3-0 victory over Marywood at Vassar (Aug. 30). She is the fourth Knight to grab conference rookie of the year honors (Sarah Doster, 2005; Michelle Milkovich, 2007; Dayna Mercer, 2012).
Penkitis received All-Conference honors for the third consecutive season, having claimed second-team recognitions in her 2017 and 2018 seasons. She started all 21 games for the Knights and totaled 28 points on nine goals and ten assists, including a three-goal effort in a 5-0 victory over visiting Keuka (Oct. 9).
Arcara earned her first All-Conference honor as she posted a career-high 12 points on four goals and four assists. She contributed two goals in a 3-1 road victory over Washington & Jefferson (Sep. 14) and tallied the game-winning goal in a 4-1 home win against Skidmore (Sep. 7).
McKeveny is also a first-time All-Conference honoree by leading the Knights with four defensive saves, contributing one in the Knights' 4-3 win against Cortland in the SUNYAC Championship at College Stadium (Nov. 9).
Nolan compiled 28 points on 13 goals and two assists, earning her first All-Conference recognition. She scored two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, in the SUNYAC Championship victory as she was crowned tournament MVP. Nolan also posted four-point efforts by scoring two goals in a 4-0 win against host William Smith (Sep. 4) and against visiting Skidmore.
McConnell has coached the Knights to 16 straight victories, culminating the squad's first SUNYAC Championship since 2016 and an program-best record of 19-2. Geneseo led the conference in goals against average with 0.83, ranked third in the country with 4.10 goals scored per game and clinched an unbeaten conference record for just the second time in program history (2010).
The Knights' seven All-SUNYAC selections marked the most by any team, while their four first-team honorees also topped the league.
Geneseo travels to Ewing, N.J. to face MIT in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1:00 pm.