GENESEO, N.Y. – Four members of the SUNY Geneseo field hockey team were named to the 2016 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Field Hockey All-Conference Team. Junior midfielder Morgan Maley was named the SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year and joined junior midfielder Giovanna Fasanello and sophomore midfielder Tess Necaise on the first team while junior forward Cara Stafford landed second-team recognition.
Maley anchored a Geneseo defensive unit that finished the season only allowing 1.99 goals per game, which was the second-lowest mark in the SUNYAC. Now a three-time SUNYAC First-Team All-Star, Maley and the Knights authored six shutouts throughout the season, including five during its eight-match winning streak that was the second-longest in program history. She also finished third on the team with 19 points and second with nine assists while her five goals tied for the fourth-best tally among her teammates.
Fasanello earned her second all-conference honor after also being tabbed a second-team pick a season ago. Fasanello's 48 points tied for the second-highest single-season total in program history, only trailing the 59 points scored by Kayla DeAngelis in 2013. Her 18 goals were the third-highest single season total, while her 12 assists were one short of the record 13 Michelle Milkovich totaled in 2010. She scored three goals and an assist in the team's 6-1 victory over SUNYAC-rival Brockport (Oct. 12) and went on to be named SUNYAC Tournament MVP after scoring all three of the Knights' goals in a 3-2 victory over Oneonta (Nov. 5) in the SUNYAC Championship game.
Necaise landed her first all-conference nod after finishing fourth on the squad with 15 points on five goals and five assists. She was credited with three goals in Geneseo's 5-0 shutout at SUNYAC-rival Oswego that clinched the team's seventh-consecutive postseason appearance. Necaise also tallied a goal in the team's 4-1 victory over visiting Oneonta (Sept. 23) as well as in a 3-2 setback at No.14 Rochester during the regular season.
Stafford also brought home her first all-conference certificate after finishing the season ranked second for Geneseo in points (22) and goals (10). Scoring nine goals during the Knights' eight-match victory surge, she tallied three goals in the 4-1 victory at Houghton and also accounted for the lone tally in a 1-0 shutout at Utica (Oct. 20).
Geneseo finished the season with an 11-10 record, including a 4-2 SUNYAC mark to earn the third-seed for the conference tournament. The Knights upset second-seeded New Paltz, 1-0 (Nov. 2), in the semifinals before taking down Oneonta in the championship match to earn its first SUNYAC crown and bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament since 2010. Geneseo fell at Keene State, 3-1, in the first round of the national tournament.