Field Hockey Upsets No. 20 William Smith, 4-3

GENEVA, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo first-year forward Haley Clark scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner with under nine minutes to play in the second half, to lead the Knights to the 4-3 upset at No. 20 William Smith, Wednesday, at McCooey Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • William Smith opened the scoring with 16:50 left in the first half after a nice individual effort by Sierramarie Fitzgerald to beat the Knights' defense for the 1-0 lead. 
  • Geneseo responded with two goals in just over a three-minute span. With 15:33 on the clock, senior forward Giovanna Fasanello sent a long ball into the circle from the right wing that Clark re-directed past Heron goalie Emily King to knot the game, 1-1. 
  • Only 1:47 later, Fasanello got a goal of her own after stick-handling through a crowded crease to score on a back-handed shot from the left side that gave the visitors a lead it would not relinquish. 
  • Geneseo built a two-goal lead with 4:02 left in first half. Senior forward Cara Stafford cleaned up a Knights' penalty corner attempt by stuffing a rebounded shot inside the left post that gave the visitors a 3-1 lead they would carry into halftime. 
  • The teams played a scoreless second half until William Smith converted a penalty corner with 9:49 remaining that cut the Knights' lead to 3-2. 
  • Less than two minutes later, junior forward Maria Dillingham intercepted a Heron clear at the top of the circle and moved forward to take a hard shot on the right post. King made the initial pad save, but Clark was there for the short tip into the back of the goal that put the Knights up, 4-2.   
  • William Smith converted a penalty corner with 1:27 in regulation to pull back within one, but could not find the equalizer. 

QUICK FACTS 

  • Lightning caused a 50-minute delay with 12:55 remaining in the first half and another for 30 minutes with 8:03 remaining. The first period did not end until nearly 9:30 p.m. 
  • Senior Nicole Gregg was credited with seven saves after entering the game following the second lightning delay to play the final 56:14 of regulation.
  • William Smith finished with an 18-13 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in penalty corners. 
  • Geneseo entered the night with one win in 19 previous tries versus William Smith, including a 1-12 record on the road. The Knights had also been out-scored 51-10 in 13 previous contests in Geneva. 
  • The Knights' lone victory over the Herons was a 2-1 road victory in 2010 
  • Geneseo's last victory over a ranked team was a 2-1 win over No. 15 Cortland in the semifinals of the 2014 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

  • Geneseo hosts No. 11 Skidmore on Saturday (Sept. 9) at 12:00 p.m.