Janiszewski Named SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year, Eight Knights Named All-Conference

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski was named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Defensive Player of the Year to lead eight Knights earning all-conference selections, announced Thursday. Janiszewski was joined on the All-SUNYAC First Team by sophomore forward Miranda Ozimek, senior midfielder Caitie Cunningham, junior back Taylor Clar and senior back Rachel Walsh. Junior forward Domenica Piccoli and first-year midfielder Hannah Sullivan were named second team while senior midfielder Jennifer Moran earned third team honors and head coach Nate Wiley was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year.

Janiszewski was named Defensive Player of the Year after a record-setting season. She tied a Geneseo single-season record with 13 shutouts and owns the Knights' all-time mark with 41 career shutouts. Currently, Janiszewski ranks fourth in Division III with a .190 goals against average and tied for third in Division III with a .929 save percentage. She made a season-high eight saves in the Knights' SUNYAC Semifinal win over Plattsburgh, helping to preserve a 1-0 victory. 

Ozimek was selected to the all-conference first team after leading the Knights with 17 points on six goals and a team-high five assists. Ozimek netted game-winning goals against Fredonia (Sept. 29) and New Paltz (Oct. 6) and dished an assist on the game-winning goal in the SUNYAC Semifinal win over Plattsburgh (Oct. 31). 

Cunningham earned first team honors after scoring four goals and dishing three assists to finish with 11 points, third on the team. Cunningham handed out two assists and scored the game-winning goal in the Knights' 3-0 win over Buffalo State (Sept. 28), and added the game-winner against Plattsburgh in the regular season (Sept. 22).

Clar was named to the All-SUNYAC First Team for the third time while Walsh notched her second-consecutive first team nod. The tandem anchored a defensive unit that posted a conference-best 14 shutouts. The Knights' defense ranks sixth in Division III with a .778 shutout percentage and 19th with a .439 goals against average. Clar scored one goal and passed off two assists while Walsh scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Oneonta (Oct. 5).

Piccoli finished second in the conference with eight goals to secure her second all-conference selection. Piccoli finished with a team-high five game-winning goals, including the lone tally in the Knights' 1-0 victory over Cortland in the SUNYAC Championship. 

Sullivan earned second team honors in the midfield after a three-goal, four-assist debut season. Sullivan began the campaign with a goal and an assist against New England College (Aug. 31) in the season opener, and scored game-winning goals against Potsdam (Sept. 21) and Houghton (Oct. 23). Her four assists ranked third in the conference among first-years.

Moran was named third team all-conference for the second consecutive season. Moran scored a pair of goals in the Knights' 2-0 victory over Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC Semifinals and was named SUNYAC Tournament MVP. 

Wiley earned his second SUNYAC Coach of the Year award, also garnering the honor in 2014. Wiley led the Knights to a 14-3-1 mark, including an 8-1-0 record in conference play, and guided Geneseo to a second-consecutive SUNYAC Championship, becoming the first wire-to-wire conference champions since 2007-2008 when Oneonta accomplished the feat. 

The Knights will travel to Williams (Mass.) to face Stevens in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.