Kim Named SUNYAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year; Four Knights Named All-Conference

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior defender Julia Kim was voted the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year and was one of four Knights tabbed All-Conference, announced Wednesday.

Kim landed first-team recognition while senior midfielder Tess Necaise, senior forward Gabriella Clare and sophomore midfielder Jordan Penkitis all garnered second-team honors.

Kim anchored a defensive unit that allowed a conference-low 20 goals and a 1.24 goals against average this fall, including six shutouts. Midway through the season, Geneseo put together a streak of four-consecutive shutouts and nearly 350 minutes spanning six matches without allowing a goal. The Knights also finished in the top-30 nationally in scoring margin, out-scoring their opponents by 1.75 goals per game. In her first season with the team after transferring from Division I Albany, Kim finished fourth on the team with 11 points on five goals and an assist. She was credited with the game-winning tally in the squad's 5-2 victory at Keuka (Sept. 19) and was credited with both of the Knights' goals in their 3-2 setback to New Paltz in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals to land All-Tournament recognition. 

Necaise copped her second all-conference nod after also earning first-team recognition in 2016. She was seventh on the team with nine points on three goals and three assists this fall, including two tallies in the team's 7-0 over Nazareth (Oct. 21). She finished her Knights' career making 74 total appearances, including 65-consecutive starts over the last three years, to go along with 42 points on 14 goals and 14 assists.

Clare was named a second-team all-star for the second-straight season after tying for sixth in the SUNYAC with 23 points, including 10 goals that ranked sixth. She put together a four-match scoring streak that included three-straight games scoring two goals, notching two goals and an assist in the Knights' back-to-back 5-0 victories over SUNYAC-rivals Brockport (Sept. 26) and Oswego (Sept. 29). Clare closed her collegiate career seventh on Geneseo's career scoring list with 78 points and sixth with 32 goals while starting 58 of the 73 appearances she made in Blue and White.

Now a back-to-back second-team all-star, Penkitis totaled 13 points on three goals and seven assists that were the seventh-highest total in the conference. She was credited with a goal and an assist in the Oswego and Nazareth victories while assisting both of Geneseo's goals in the SUNYAC Semifinals versus New Paltz.

Geneseo finished the season with a 9-7 mark under first-year head coach Margaret McConnell, including a 4-2 SUNYAC record to clinch its ninth-consecutive postseason appearance. Seeded fourth for the SUNYAC Tournament, the Knights came up short, 3-2, in their semifinal matchup at top-seeded and eventual champion New Paltz.