Marafioti Named SUNYAC Player of the Year to Lead Nine Knights Named All-SUNYAC

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore attacker Hannah Marafioti was named the 2019 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Offensive Player of the Year and was one of nine Knights named all-conference, announced Tuesday.

Marafioti, senior midfielder Mallory Max and junior defender Caroline McGuigan landed All-SUNYAC First-Team honors, while senior midfielder Maddie Lee, junior defender Cassidy O'Rourke and first-year goalie Margaret Rosaschi received second-team recognition. Junior attacker Tessa Doody, sophomore attacker Jacqui Thorsen and sophomore defender Caitlyn Merkel were voted third-team all-stars as Geneseo received a conference-best nine all-conference honorees.

Marafioti led the SUNYAC with a single-season program record 87 points this spring, including 64 goals that tied for the second-highest total in the conference. She was tabbed the National Player of the Week (Apr. 24) after scoring career-highs of 10 points and eight goals, including the overtime game-winner, in Geneseo's 19-18 victory over No. 18 Cortland (Apr. 20). In only two seasons, Marafioti moved up to 13th in program history with 135 career points, including her 100th career goal in the squad's 13-7 win at Potsdam (Apr. 27) to become the 14th Geneseo player to achieve the milestone.

Max finished ninth in the SUNYAC with a career-high 56 points, while her 49 goals (also a career high) were the fifth-best total in the league and the 10th-best single-season mark in program history. Max became the 28th Geneseo player to score 70 career goals, including a five-goal, three-assist showing in the Knights' 14-8 win over Oneonta (Apr. 5) for a career-high eight points.

Lee finished sixth on the squad with 30 points on 10 goals and 11 assists. She finished her career 28th in the Geneseo record books with 102 points and 26th with 75 goals.

Doody finished third for Geneseo with 54 points and 25 assists while her 29 goals were fourth. She became only the fourth player in program history to notch seven assists in a game during a career-high nine-point outing in the Knights' 18-5 win over Oswego (May 3) during the regular season. Her 25 assists also tied for the fifth-highest single-season mark ever by a Knight.

Thorsen was a 50-point scorer in her first season in a Geneseo uniform, including 33 goals that were the third-highest mark on the team. Her 17 assists also tied for the 23rd-highest mare in program history.

Geneseo entered the postseason with the conference's top scoring defense, only allowing 8.68 goals per game, while also leading the way with 14.44 caused turnovers. McGuigan ranked third in the conference with 1.88 caused turnovers per game, followed by Max in fifth (1.65 CT/G). Merkel finished third in the league with 4.24 draw controls per game as well as eighth with 1.47 caused turnovers per game. Max led the squad and finished third in the SUNYAC with 2.82 ground balls per game, just ahead of McGuigan in fifth (2.53 GB/G). O'Rourke was fifth on the squad with 23 casued turnovers and eighth with 32 ground balls

Rosaschi finished her rookie season with an 11-3 record, including 10-consecutive victories entering the SUNYAC Championship game. She was credited with a season-high 11 saves in Geneseo's 14-8 win over visiting Oneonta (Apr. 5) as well as in the 13-10 setback to William Smith (Mar. 29). Rosaschi also made 10 stops in the Knights' 19-18 overtime victory against Cortland (Apr. 20).

Geneseo finished the season with a 14-5 mark, including the first 9-0 SUNYAC record in program history to earn the top seed for the conference tournament. The Knights defeated fourth-seeded Oswego, 18-5, before succumbing to third-seeded Brockport, 13-4, in their first championship game appearance since 2014.