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Check back periodically to view the latest headlines that appear in the various media outlets and publications that cover the Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.

Two Seniors Credit Valuable Guidance In School of Business for Success
(Geneseo.edu - Dec. 12, 2017)
Senior cross country/track & field member Alex Hall talks about his experience in the SUNY Geneseo School of Business.

Super Sophs Boost Knights
(New York Hockey Journal - Dec. 1, 2017)
Sophomores Conlan Keenan and David Szmyd talk about the strong start by the men's ice hockey team.

Garcia-Cassani Featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces In The Crowd"
(Livington County News - Nov. 19, 2017)
Senior cross country and track & field standout Isaac Garcia-Cassani was included in the national publication's long-running feature. 

ESPN - Kevin Connors' Star of the Night
(Feb. 10, 2017)
The SUNY Geneseo Women's Basketball team was recognized on a national scale when ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Connors chose the team as his "Star of the Night." The Knights defeated Oneonta to improve to 22-0 and lock up the top seed in the SUNYAC Tournament.  

Still Unbroken, Still Unbeaten
(Jan. 31, 2017) 
The SUNY Geneseo Women's Basketball team has been through more than any group of young women should have to face in a calendar year. Yet the Knights' indomitable spirit remains as they charge through the 2016-17 season without a loss. D3hoops.com columnist Andrew Lovell shares the story of a team that continues to stay together in the face of adversity.  

A Good View
(Jan. 17, 2017)
There is a small couch sitting in Room 217 in the Merritt Athletic Center at SUNY Geneseo. When I moved into that office two summers ago, its slight steel frame and Kermit the Frog-green cushions showed the typical wear-and-tear common with furniture that has called a 44-year-old state-school athletics building home.  

ESPN Viral Vault: Morton's Miracle
(Sept. 1, 2016)
The folks at ESPN turned the clock back to Dec. 2, 2008 when one of the most ridiculous buzzer-beaters in Knights'  history, compliments of Scott Morton '09, was born.

Keith Walters' Top-10 Photos Of The Winter 2015-16 Semester
(RAA Newsletter - April 12, 2016)
After the fall we asked SUNY Geneseo campus photographer, Keith Walters '11, to rank his top-10 photos he captured of Geneseo Athletics for that season. The feature was very popular (as are pretty much all of Keith's photos), so we thought we'd ask him about his favorites from the recently-completed winter season. Below are his selections beginning with number 10 to number one–see if you agree!

Technology Makes It Easy For Fans To Follow The Knights
(RAA Newsletter - April 12, 2016)
Mobile applications and communications technology has made it even easier to Knights’ fans to stay current with their favorite Geneseo athletic teams. Followers are never more than their computer, smart phone or tablet away from instant access to the most up-to-date information. 

Annual Leary Leadership Dinner Continues As Valuable Asset For Student-Athletes
(RAA Newsletter - April 12, 2016) 
Through his own variety of experiences—as an athlete, coach and administrator—Geneseo alumnus Jim Leary ’75 is convinced of the values learned and attained through being a participant in athletics. He believes leadership to be one of the prime attributes that can be developed and in 2008 he established the James N. Leary Endowed Fund for Leadership in Athletics at his alma mater. 

After Athlete Killings, Geneseo Teams Rally Back
(New York Times - March 24, 2016)
Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, a slap shot away from the rink where the United States once famously beat the Soviet Union, the 25 remaining members of the State University of New York Geneseo hockey team gathered near center ice, huddling in blue and white, speaking not about a miracle, but a mission. 

Geneseo Men's Ice Hockey Team Honors Fallen Teammate
(Associated Press - March 24, 2106)
Geneseo State hockey coach Chris Schultz is certain about one thing — no matter what his Knights do at the NCAA Division III Frozen Four, he's coaching champions. 

Geneseo Hockey: Emotion + Talent = Frozen Four
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - March 24, 2016)
Their junior hockey careers found them playing in outposts such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Chilliwack, British Columbia. 

ESPN Podcast - Frozen Four Preview
(March 24, 2016) 
Christine Lisi interviews Geneseo men's ice hockey head coach Chris Schultz and senior defenseman Matt Solomon leading up the the Knights' NCAA Tournament Semifinal game.  

Collegiate Hockey Team Plays For Murdered Teammate
(USA Today - March 10, 2016)
Matthew Hutchinson’s name won’t be on the roster when the Geneseo Knights take the ice in the NCAA Division III hockey tournament Saturday, but his number will be in the rafters — and his memory in their hearts.

Numerous School Records Fall During 2015-16 Season
(RAA Newsletter - March 8, 2016) 
Records are made to be broken and the Knights’ student-athletes have taken that cliché seriously this past season. Numerous career, event and single season Geneseo-best marks have been set this year in a number of sports, from players closing out their career in a Knights’ uniform to first-years in their initial seasons.

Faculty Recognition Program Brings Together Athletics and Academics
(RAA Newsletter - March 8, 2016) 
Oftentimes, we take strides in life without taking the time to acknowledge those who helped get us there. We unintentionally don't let those people know how much they've positively impacted and influenced our lives. Geneseo Athletics' Faculty Recognition program ensures we don't miss out on those opportunities.

Coach's Q&A - Women's Volleyball Coach Amber Dunn
(RAA Newsletter - March 8, 2016) 
Amber Dunn is finishing up her first year as the head coach of the Geneseo women's volleyball program. We sat down with Coach Dunn to get her impressions of what her first season was like, what the transition to being a head coach involved and what we can look forward to with the program in the future. 

For Geneseo, One Day, One Skate At A Time
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - Feb. 27, 2016)
When it came to selecting coach of the year, player of the year and first team all-conference members, hockey coaches in the State University of New York Athletic Conference had plenty of strong candidates to choose from. 

Remembrance Speech Offers Touching Message
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 9, 2016) 
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, the Geneseo community gathered for a remembrance ceremony in Kuhl Gymnasium in honor of Kelsey Annese and Matt Hutchinson. Among the speakers tabbed to give remarks during the event was Student Athlete Advisory Committee president and men's soccer team captain Brad Campion. Below is the poignant tribute he made for his two classmates. 

Women's Basketball Team Offers Eulogy For Kelsey Annese - As A Team
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 9, 2016)
The SUNY Geneseo women's basketball team came together to write a message to be read during the funeral ceremony for their teammate, Kelsey Annese. Every single team member contributed their thoughts and memories of Kelsey that comprised the reading, as was read by senior Dana Cohan on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the United Church of Christ in Webster, N.Y. 

Women's Tennis Alumna Uses Math Skills To Find A Career Match In Medical Research
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 9, 2016)
Katie Gayvert ’12 had some pretty good numbers going into her senior women's tennis season at Geneseo. A three-time SUNYAC Champion and all-conference performer, her 81 victories in singles and doubles placed her well within reach of becoming only the second Knight to reach 100 wins in a career

Geneseo Intercollegiate Athletics Teams Enjoy The Benefits Of Winter And Spring Trips
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 9, 2016) 
According to Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog, we should be expecting an early spring. However, those of us in Geneseo have experienced far too many treacherous winters to be hopeful that spring is just around the corner. 

Letter From A Hockey Mom
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - Jan. 21, 2016)
JoBeth Rath did not need an unspeakable tragedy to make her appreciate how lucky she is to have the SUNY Geneseo men’s hockey team in her life.

Top Photos From The Fall 2015 Semester
(RAA Newsletter - Jan. 12, 2016)
We asked SUNY Geneseo campus photographer, Keith Walters '11, to rank his top-10 photos he captured of Geneseo Athletics during the fall 2015 semester. Below are his selections beginning with number 10 to number one, but Walters stated, "If you asked me again, the order would probably change."  

Q&A With Men's Lacrosse Coach Jim Lyons
(RAA Newsletter - Jan. 12, 2016) 
Geneseo men’s lacrosse coach Jim Lyons is weeks away from kicking off his 16th season on the Knights’ sidelines. As we count down the days to the team’s first practice, we asked Coach Lyons to answer a few questions about what is happening with the team at this time of year and what we can expect once the season is underway. 

Geneseo Sports Hall Of Fame A Well Established Tradition Despite Uncertain Beginnings
(RAA Newsletter - Jan. 12, 2016)
The SUNY Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame dates from 1972, but its early years saw the organization struggle to establish a strong foothold within the culture of a college that was just beginning to experience consistent team success and individual athletic excellence. But from the beginning, its guiding purpose has remained the same: “To honor those athletes, coaches and others who have significantly contributed to the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Geneseo.” 

Lea (Sobieraski) and her new liver inspire the Knights
(Andrew Lovell, d3hoops.com - Jan. 6, 2016)
Lea Sobieraski knew something wasn't right. The combined mental and physical toll of juggling a full schedule of classes with a job and daily practices or games had simply caught up to her, she thought. College students, particularly student-athletes, battle fatigue all the time. Still, the unfamiliar bloated feeling in her stomach was concerning.

Fire And Ice: Men's Ice Hockey Player Chases Dream Of Becoming A Firefighter
(RAA Newsletter - Dec. 8, 2015)
As the SUNY Geneseo men’s ice hockey team circled around center ice following its 5-4 upset of top-ranked Plattsburgh last Saturday night, senior defenseman Matt Hutchinson joined his fellow Knights in raising their sticks and tapping them on the ice in their traditional salute to the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena faithful. 

Geneseo SAAC Provides Opportunities To Give Back To Local Community
(RAA Newsletter - Dec. 8, 2015)
Undeniably one of the most rewarding aspects of the holiday season is being able to take the time to give back to the community and those in need. A SUNY Geneseo organization that prides itself on doing just that is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is comprised of student-athletes from each of the athletic department's 20 intercollegiate teams. 

Some Classic Memories for Geneseo Teams from the Chase/Wendy's Basketball Tournament
(RAA Newsletter - Dec. 8, 2015)
The 2015 edition of the Wendy’s College Classic Basketball Tournament had a bittersweet feel to it. At the same time the championship celebrated its 50th year, it has been announced that this year’s classic would be the last contested. Scheduling demands among the participant schools, primarily within their respective conferences, has made it too difficult to find dates that work for all. 

Women's Cross Country National Championship was a Memorable Journey... in Some Unexpected Ways
(RAA Newsletter - Nov. 10, 2015)
Former Geneseo women's cross country head coach Mike Woods ’69 remembers that he tried to make all the perfect arrangements for the trip to the 2005 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship. Arrive early at the site of the meet in Ohio, get his squad settled in, have his runners get a good look at the course—everything he felt necessary to give his women’s team its best chance. 

From The Soccer Pitch To The Jumping Pit
(RAA Newsletter - Nov. 10, 2015)
As sport specialization has increased, SUNY Geneseo junior Alexa Wandy has been defying the odds ever since she arrived on campus as a first-year. For the last three years, Wandy has been competing in, and excelling at, both women's soccer and track & field. 

"Home Field Advantage" For Equestrian Comes Via Considerable Effort from Team Members and Alumni
(RAA Newsletter - Nov. 10, 2015)
Unlike other sports, equestrian stands alone in that all of the preparations made for hosting a home competition are made by the athletes themselves. And, in the case of Geneseo equestrian, the volunteer workers include a cadre of loyal alumni whose efforts are a considerable contribution to a successful show. 

Transplant Recasts Sobieraski's Perspective On Life
(The Buffalo News - Nov. 7, 2015)
She’s hoping to someday meet the victim’s family, to hug them and thank them and show them that their selflessness was not in vain. Lea Sobieraski doesn’t know the victim’s name, age or gender. She doesn’t know how the person died, only that one life lost led to the rebirth of another.

Take A Behind-The-Scenes Tour Of The New College Stadium
(RAA Newsletter - Oct. 13, 2015)
Haven't had the chance to come check out the brand-new home of the Knights? Here is an exclusive photo tour of the amenities included in Geneseo's $18.2 million complex, opened last month.

Men's Soccer Holds Fundraiser For Alumni Kyle Reger '97
(RAA Newsletter - Oct. 13, 2015)
Kyle Reger, a 1997 Geneseo graduate and former member of the men's soccer program, suffered a stroke on September 4th, 2015. His condition landed him in the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., where he began working towards regaining mobility in his left arm and leg. On September 30th, Kyle was permitted to return to his home in Cazenovia, N.Y. and is now going through intensive outpatient therapy. 

Women's Soccer Recognized For Playing Their Cards Right
(RAA Newsletter - Oct. 13, 2015) 
Anyone who has ever watched a soccer game is more than likely familiar with what a yellow card is. Used as a means to discipline a player for misconduct during a match, officials can “award” a yellow card as a caution for any offense they deem more serious than a typical foul. Coaches are also subject to yellow cards as well if their conduct does not meet with the expectations of the official. 

Triathlete Inspired By Memory Of Sister
(Jamestown Post-Journal - Oct. 18, 2015)
Most of his luggage checked, Dan Moore limps from the gate at the Kona International Airport, down the passenger boarding bridge and into the plane that is bound for Seattle. A carry-on and a computer bag are all the Lakewood native has in his possession as he begins the first leg of his long trip from Hawaii to Rochester, New York, but he might as well have been dragging free weights.

How Geneseo Student-Athletes Spent Their Summer Vacations
(RAA Newsletter - Sept. 8, 2015)
Geneseo student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to be a part of many unique and exciting opportunities during their time in a Knights uniform. In addition to the lessons they learn in the classroom, many experiences that come off campus prove to be just as meaningful. Below are a six examples of the types of experiences some current student-athletes tackled this past summer. 

Former Men's Basketball Player, James McKenna '15, Reflects On His Time At Geneseo
(RAA Newsletter - Sept. 8, 2015)
As I reflect on my time as a student at Geneseo I think about two very opposite experiences – James the RA and James the Power Forward. It is truly amazing that by the end of each I can sit here and talk about them in almost the exact same way and the greatness of each. But at the end of the day, and aside from the labels, my name is James McKenna and I'm just another kid with a life changing Geneseo experience and one of 5,000 that can call this place "home." 

Softball's 18-Game Winning Streak A Large Part Of Memorable 2015 Season
(RAA Newsletter - Sept. 8, 2015)
It's almost unthinkable to imagine that an 18-game winning streak could sneak up on a team. But when it happens over the space of 20 days, as it did with the Geneseo softball team this spring, perhaps it is believable. 

Scott Hemer Q&A: The 2014-15 Season
(RAA Newsletter - May 12, 2015)
SUNYAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Scott Hemer answers some questions about the season and what it took to achieve such lofty success. 

Lea Sobieraski Recounts Her Good Works Team Experience
(RAA Newsletter - May 12, 2015)
Geneseo senior women’s basketball player Lea Sobieraski was voted a member of the 2015 Allstate/WBCA Good Works Team this past season. Using her own personal experience receiving a life-saving liver transplant in 2013, she and the rest of the team participated in numerous community service projects in conjunction with the award. Here, Lea recounts her experiences in Florida.

The Single Letter That Connects Geneseo Student-Athletes Across Generations
(RAA Newsletter - May 12, 2015)
For the past two years, the senior members of Geneseo’s athletic teams are given a framed felt and chenille “G,” similar in fashion to the prototypical “athletic letter” from high school days. The gift, presented by the athletic department, has become a popular symbol for the student-athlete of their participation in sports at Geneseo. 

Moore Draws Upon Poignant Inspiration In Ironman Pursuit
(RAA Newsletter - April 14, 2015)
Each year, more than 80,000 athletes attempt to qualify for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, with only about 2,000 actually making it to Hawaii, the site of the competition. On October 10, 2015, world-class triathlete Dan Moore ’06, who was recently named Geneseo’s men’s and women’s cross country head coach, expects to be one of those on the starting line.

Dotterweich Recounts NCAA Experience - From Two Angles
(RAA Newsletter - April 14, 2015)
SUNY Geneseo swimming & diving head coach Paul Dotterweich led the Knights to another championship season during the 2014-15 campaign. He was also appointed to the NCAA Division III Championship committee last summer. Coach Dotterweich took some time to recount his experience at this year's championship, as well as take a look back at what his teams achieved.

Women's Volleyball Team On The Rise Following Strong Season
(RAA Newsletter - April 14, 2015)
The Geneseo women's volleyball team got off to a record-breaking start to the 2014 campaign, including wins in 10 of its first 11 matches. Head coach Jen Salmon and the Knights took another step forward with a strong core of players that will be returning next season. Using three of her players that are also doing remarkable things off the court, here is a quick glimpse into the caliber of players Coach Salmon has on her team.

A Family Affair: Siblings In Geneseo Athletics
(RAA Newsletter - March 10, 2015)
One of the most unique aspects of the Geneseo Intercollegiate Athletics Department is the countless number of family ties, especially siblings, which exist within it. Throughout the years, there has been a lot of repetition on our sports' rosters. We reached out to a handful of siblings within the department to find out what it's like to have a little bit of home so close by and how that's impacted their experience at Geneseo.

Being A Good NCAA Host Worth The Time And Effort
(RAA Newsletter - March 10, 2015)
The timeline seemed rather short. On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Geneseo women's basketball team captured the SUNYAC Championship and with it, an automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. On Monday, March 2, the Knights learned that they would be one of 16 campuses hosting a four-team, two-round regional on Friday-Saturday, March 6-7. Not much chance to prepare it would appear.

Geneseo Basketball Player Thrives After Liver Transplant
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - Feb. 28, 2015)
It's Dec. 4, 2012, and SUNY Geneseo junior Lea Sobieraski is taking her final exam in Spanish. But she can't focus. She's bloated. Tired. Anxious. Two days earlier, she had visited Geneseo's Student Health & Counseling Center complaining about her symptoms. "Indigestion" was the prognosis. Now, her phone keeps vibrating in class.

Basketball And The Gift Of Life
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 10, 2015)
Lea Sobieraski
's eyes are as deep a blue as the SUNY Geneseo basketball uniform she wears. When she looks at you, it is hard to believe that there was a time not long ago the sparkle in those eyes was drowned out by a yellow tint associated with a rare liver disease that not only kept her from playing the game she loves but almost took her life.

An Upset Built Over An Entire Season
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 10, 2015)
As Geneseo field hockey coach Jess Seren primed her players for their SUNYAC semifinal game against overwhelming favorite Cortland, a good amount of her process had been taking place all season long. 

Be Careful What You Ask For
(RAA Newsletter - Feb. 10, 2015)
We'd like to think that every one of Geneseo's student-athletes has a unique story. So before each team's season begins, we ask all of the participants on our intercollegiate teams to answer a number of questions. Among this year's Knights are, indeed, some with interesting aspects and stories. And in some cases, their answers went beyond what we were expecting to hear. 

Geneseo's Down Syndrome Awareness Hockey Game Nets $2,400
(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Feb. 2, 2015)
About $2,400 was raised for the ARC of Livingston-Wyoming through donations and bracelets selling for $3 and bearing the words I believe in Jack/Down Syndrome Awareness

Geneseo Hockey Takes On Down Syndrome
(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Jan. 21, 2015)
Senior center Tyler Brickler organizes a fundraiser to raise awareness for Down Syndrome after being so touched by a co-worker's personal circumstances.

A Coaching Life In Retrospect
(RAA Newsletter - Jan. 13, 2015) 
Mike Woods recently put his finishing touches on his 23rd season as head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams at SUNY Geneseo. Also an assistant coach with the track & field teams for the last 11 seasons after serving as head coach for 12, he announced that 2014-15 would be his final campaign with the Knights. Below, he puts into words what his Geneseo experience has meant to him.

Long-Time Athletic Trainer Sharon West Retires
(RAA Newsletter - Jan. 13, 2015)
After 32 years in the business, SUNY Geneseo head athletic trainer Sharon West has decided to put down her medical kits and open a new chapter – retirement. A native of Livonia, N.Y., West is a small town person who always knew she wanted to return home after completing her masters at East Carolina University.

Men's Basketball, Men's Ice Hockey Celebrate Milestones in 2015
(RAA Newsletter - Jan. 13, 2015) 
The year 2015 marks two milestones in the history of Geneseo athletics. The men's basketball program will mark its 100th year of existence, while the men's hockey program will celebrate its 40th season.

Support Of Coach Helps Rider Come Back To Horseback 
(RAA Newsletter - Dec. 9, 2014)
Senior SUNY Geneseo equestrian athlete Ashley Olin was trained to be able to control any horse, so it was not unusual during a November 2012 team practice for Olin to be given a horse not yet finished with all of its training. But while working over fences, her unseasoned mount led to an accident that carried long-term implications.

Coach's Corner: Nate Wiley Recounts The 2014 Women's Soccer Season
(RAA Newsletter - Dec. 9, 2014)
SUNY Geneseo women's soccer head coach Nate Wiley enjoyed a banner season this past fall. Winning the program's first SUNYAC Championship in five seasons and moving on to the NCAA Division-III Tournament for the first time since 2009, Coach Wiley (who was voted the SUNYAC Coach of the Year) took some time to recount some thoughts about the season and what went into the squad's success.

Anticipation Builds As Stadium Project Shows Considerable Progress
(RAA Newsletter - Dec. 9, 2014)
To the impatient eye, as summer moved along, there just seemed to be a lot of dirt being moved, along with some typical, but necessary concrete foundation work. Nothing to suggest any obvious features of the long-awaited Geneseo stadium which would ultimately occupy the space.

Always Teaching - SUNY Geneseo Coaching Legend Set To Retire
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - Nov. 19, 2014)
GENESEO – He has coached 51 runners to 124 All-America honors and 51 teams to SUNYAC championships. One squad captured a national title. And he has been honored 28 times as conference coach of the year. But the number SUNY Geneseo cross country coach Mike Woods is most proud of? Well, that occurred to him two weeks ago.

Lyons Expected To Lead Successful Season For Knights
(Livingston County News - Nov. 13, 2014)
GENESEO — During his 14-year coaching tenure, Geneseo State men’s basketball coach Steve Minton has coached a pair of SUNYAC Players of the Year in Joe Zera (2005) and Scott Morton (2009). There’s a pretty good chance he might be adding a third.

Good Times For Goodman
(Finger Lakes Times - Nov. 13, 2014)
Midlakes graduate Cassie Goodman figures running will always be a part of her life. She would like to get involved in marathons and triathlons after graduating from SUNY Geneseo in 2015.

Women's Basketball Senior Katie Peterson Spends Summer Teaching In Vietnam
(RAA Newsletter - Nov. 11, 2014)
Last summer, SUNY Geneseo women’s basketball senior Katie Peterson had the opportunity to spend three weeks in southern Vietnam teaching in a small, rural village, as part of a program called, “Coach For College,” which brings American college student-athletes together with Vietnamese university students to teach academics, athletics and life skills at summer camps to children in some of the most remote areas of the country.

Geneseo Department Of Athletics and Recreation Adds 10 New Staff Members
(RAA Newsletter - Nov. 11, 2014)
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation added seven coaches and three staff members prior to the 2014-15 season.