2019 Field Hockey Season in Review

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo field hockey team finished 19-3 in their 2019 campaign, setting a program record for most wins in a season. 

The Knights secured their third SUNYAC Championship and first since 2016 with a 4-3 double-overtime win over Cortland. The Knights qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and advanced to the second round where they fell to MIT, 3-2.

Senior defender Julia Kim won defensive player of the year, NFHCA First- Team All-Region and capped her senior season off with Second-Team All-America honors. She recorded nine goals, three assists and three defensive saves, all while being a stalwart on a Geneseo defense that only allowed 1.31 goals a game and notched eight shutouts.

Junior forward Haley Clark won SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year by leading the SUNYAC in scoring with 42 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. She is just the third player from Geneseo to be named Offensive Player of the Year.

First-year forward Maggie Phipps garnered the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year award, posting 31 points on 12 goals and seven assists. Her 31 points tied the conference lead in scoring amongst first-years.

Junior midfielder Jordan Penkitis claimed a spot on the NFHCA First-Team All-Region and was First-Team All-SUNYAC. She scored nine goals and 10 assists for 28 points. 

Senior forward Elise Arcara, senior forward Erin Nolan and junior defender Kelly MeKeveney also won All-Conference honors. 

Geneseo won 16-straight games from Sept. 14 to Nov. 9 beginning with a 3-1 victory at Washington & Jefferson. During the winning streak, Geneseo outscored opponents, 72-17, setting a new program record for single-season goals with 88.

Geneseo earned two important road wins during their winning streak. They defeated Cortland, 2-0, on Oct. 5. Seven days later, the Knights upended New Paltz, 3-2, behind two goals from Nolan. On Oct. 26, Geneseo defeated Oswego, 4-1, to secure the top seed in the conference playoffs.

On Nov. 6, the Knights took down Oneonta in the SUNYAC Semifinals behind two goals from Clark and five saves from sophomore goaltender Natalie Chojnacki. Three days later, the Knights were crowned SUNYAC champions after a thrilling double-overtime win against Cortland. Nolan scored two goals in the contest, including the game-winner as Geneseo earned their third bid to the NCAA tournament in program history.

Geneseo graduated four integral seniors in 2019. Arcara, Kim, Nolan and midfielder Ariana Walczyk combined for 49 wins and two SUNYAC championships, making the Class of 2019 one of the most successful in program history.