GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore attacker Hannah Marafioti landed First-Team All-Empire Region honors while senior midfielder Mallory Max and junior defender Caroline McGuigan were voted second-team selections by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), announced Tuesday.
Also voted the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Year, Marafioti led the conference with a single-season program record 87 points this spring, including 64 goals that tied for the second-highest total in the league. She was tabbed the Division III National Player of the Week on April 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). Marafioti finished her second season in a Knights' uniform 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. She also led the squad and finished third in the SUNYAC with 2.82 ground balls per game and finished fourth in the league with 1.65 caused turnovers per game.
McGuigan anchored the top scoring defense in the SUNYAC that only allowed 8.90 goals per game and finished first with 14.16 caused turnovers per game. She finished the season third in the conference with 1.88 caused turnovers per game and fourth with 2.63 ground balls per game. McGuigan picked up a career-high nine ground balls and tied a season-high with four caused turnovers in Geneseo's 13-11 victory at Brockport (Apr. 17) and also logged six ground balls and four caused turnovers in the 13-7 win at Potsdam (Apr. 27).
Geneseo finished the season with a 14-5 mark to tie the second-highest win total in program history. The Knights also ended the regular season with a 9-0 SUNYAC record for the first time in program history to earn the top seed for the conference tournament. Geneseo defeated fourth-seeded Oswego, 18-5, before succumbing to third-seeded Brockport, 13-4, in its first championship game appearance since 2014.