Geneseo Female Athlete of the Week 2017-18

Ashlyn Kersch, Softball
Major: Mathematics

Kersch was named SUNYAC Tournament MVP after firing 19.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs (0.72 ERA) on her way to three tournament wins, including a complete-game in the SUNYAC Championship, a 5-1 victory over Cortland. 

Shayna Held, Women's Track & Field
Major: Accounting

Held won the heptathlon at the Cortland Classic Invitational with a program-record 4,685 points that is the fourth-ranked total in Division III this spring.

Taylor Moore, Softball
Major: Biology

Moore earned a pair of important conference wins in the circle for the Knights, going 2-0 as Geneseo completed a 4-0 week. Against Oneonta, Moore twirled a four-hit complete-game shutout, recording four strikeouts to lead the Knights to a 1-0 win. Against Buffalo State, Moore allowed three runs (two earned) over 6.1 innings and struck out four Bengals to lead the Knights to the 5-3 victory. With a 7-1 record from the rubber, she leads the conference in winning percentage (.875) and ranks third in ERA (2.03). 

Erin Cregan, Women's Lacrosse
Major: Childhood Education

Cregan scored four goals to lead the No. 12 Knights to an 11-10 overtime win at Brockport. Trailing, 5-1, early in the second half, she tallied all four of her goals during the Knights' comeback, including a score that tied the game, 9-9, with 6:05 remaining as well as the game-winner with 2:16 left in overtime. She also won two draw controls during the comeback. She also tallied two goals as Geneseo tied a program record by defeating New Paltz, 15-3, for its 10th-straight victory. 

Alishah Bhimani, Equestrian
Major: Political Science and International Relations

Bhimani earned a second place finish in the Novice Fences flight at IHSA Regionals to qualify for IHSA Zones in Leonia, N.J. on Sunday, April 8. Bhimani is one of two Geneseo qualifiers for zones, joining sophomore Sarea Shariff, who qualified in the walk trot.  

Tess McFadden, Women's Lacrosse
Major: Business Administration

McFadden backstopped a 2-0 week as No. 13 Geneseo improved to 6-0 this spring. She compiled a career-high 13 saves to go along with four ground balls in the Knights' 10-8 upset of No. 9 Ithaca on Saturday. She also made six saves in Tuesday's 15-9 victory over RIT.

Hannah Millich, Women's Lacrosse
Major: Childhood and Special Education

Millich keyed a 2-0 week in Florida for the Knights, including three goals, three ground balls and two caused turnovers in last Tuesday's 15-11 victory over No. 17 Hamilton. She also compiled five goals and an assist along with two caused turnovers in Geneseo's 16-5 win over Eastern Connecticut on Thursday. 

Samantha Reichman, Women's Swimming & Diving
Major: Biology

At the NCAA Regional Diving Championships, Reichman posted a 454.90 on the one-meter board and placed sixth on the three-meter (460.70) to earn her first berth to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Reichman will join 11 other Geneseo student-athletes to compete at the national meet, beginning March 21 in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Nancy Nasky, Women's Swimming & Diving
Major: Accounting

At SUNYAC Championships, Nasky earned a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:01.27) for the third-straight year, swam a leg of the Knights' gold medal 800 free relay (7:41.44) and set a new SUNYAC record in the 1650 free, touching up in first at 17:03.45. She was named SUNYAC Swimmer of the Meet for the second-consecutive year. 

Camille Wutz, Women's Track & Field
Major: Psychology

Wutz won the 60-meter dash (7.82) and finished fourth in the 200 (26.58) during the Brockport Invitational, Saturday. Her 60 time tied for the 20th-fastest in Division III this winter while her 200 time ranks 34th.

Lindsay Halpin, Women's Basketball
Major: Undeclared

First-year guard Lindsay Halpin averaged 12.5 points and 2.5 assists per game as the Knights remained undefeated in SUNYAC play with victories over New Paltz, 61-53, on Friday, and Oneonta, 75-58, on Saturday. Halpin was held to four points against the Hawks, but responded with a career-high 21-point output on 7-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc on Saturday against Oneonta. She added three rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block as the Knights clinched the top seed in the conference Tournament.

Shayna Held, Women's Track & Field
Major: Accounting

Held broke her own program record in winning the pentathlon at the Ithaca Winter Invitational, Sunday. Her score of 3,301 currently ranks seventh in Division III.

Laura Piazza, Women's Track & Field
Major: Psychology/Communication

Piazza broke her own program record in the pole vault at the Cornell Kane Invitational, Saturday. Jumping against a field that also included DI, DII and open competition, she finished sixth with a mark (3.50m/11' 5.75") that currently ranks 21st in Division III this winter.

Sydney Ng, Women's Swimming & Diving
Major: Applied Mathematics

Ng earned first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:56.94) and the 200 back (2:06.50). She also finished third in the 100 fly and was part of the second-place 400 free relay team as the No. 21 Knights earned a victory over No. 18 Case Western Reserve, 185.5-114.5, on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. 

McKenna Brooks, Women's Basketball
Major: Business Administration

Brooks averaged 12.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game as the Knights posted three SUNYAC victories to remain unbeaten in conference play. In a victory at Freodnia on Tuesday, Brooks scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to go with four steals and two blocks. Against Buffalo State on Friday, she scored 15, including an 11-for-11 performance from the foul line, and pulled seven rebounds with six steals. On Saturday at Fredonia, Brooks scored 12 points, grabbed six boards, and swiped four steals to lead the Knights to a 12th-consecutive win. 

Erin MacDougall, Women's Track & Field
Major: Accounting

MacDougall took first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Houghton Invitational on Friday, crossing with a time of 9.13 in the finals. She also posted a 9.11 preliminary finish, just .05 seconds slower than her personal best from last season (9.06). Her finish currently ranks sixth in NCAA Division III.

Lauren Siegel, Women's Swimming & Diving
Major: Childhood and Special Education

Siegel earned three top-five finishes and was a member of the Knights' fourth-place 800 free relay to pace the team as it took second place at the Ithaca Invitational over the weekend. Against several NCAA Division I and Division II competitors, Siegel took third in the 100 back (59.17), fourth in the 400 IM (4:36.63) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:09.19) while also swimming the first leg of the 800 free relay that took fourth with a time of 7:58.75.

McKenna Brooks, Women's Basketball
Major: Business Administration

Brooks paced the Knights with 21 points and seven rebounds in the team's 90-63 victory over Morrisville on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Brooks added four steals as Geneseo scored the most points in a game since the 2003 season. She is averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game and has grabbed 15 steals on the year. 

Kristen Homeyer, Women's Cross Country
Majors: International Relations and Geography

Homeyer finished an All-American 32nd out of 279 runners to lead the Knights to sixth place at the NCAA Division III Championships, Saturday, at Principia's North Farm Course. She crossed the 6-kilometer finish line with a time of 21:30.50. It was her fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Championship race. 

Ashley Byrne, Women's Soccer
Major: Business Administration

Byrne helped the Knights to a pair of victories in the first and second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. In the first round, Byrne netted the game-tying goal in the 88th minute of play to force overtime, helping the Knights to a 2-1 victory over Penn State Berks. On Sunday, the junior scored the game-winning goal on a header in the second period of extra time to propel the Knights to a 1-0 victory, and on to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. 

Jennifer Moran, Women's Soccer
Major: Business Administration

Moran led the Knights to a SUNYAC Championship with goals in both playoff games, including the game-winner in the finals against Plattsburgh. Moran put the Knights ahead 1-0 in the semifinals against Oneonta, as the team earned a 2-1 win, and then scored the go-ahead goal against Plattsburgh in the final to lift the Knights to a 4-0 win. The junior was also named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team.

Elise Ramirez, Women's Cross Country
Major: Biology

Ramirez claimed the individual SUNYAC championship, finishing the 6K race in first place with a time of 22:22.2 to pace the Knights to their seventh-consecutive conference championship. Ramirez became the fifth-consecutive Geneseo runner to win the individual SUNYAC title, and the 14th in the past 20 years.

Anika Pornpitaksuk, Women's Tennis
Major: Accounting

Pornpitaksuk led the Knights to their seventh-straight SUNYAC title, guiding the team through the tournament with a 5-0 singles and doubles combined record. The senior earned a pair of points in the championship match against New Paltz as Geneseo earned a 5-3 win. For her efforts, Pornpitaksuk was also named SUNYAC Tournament MVP. 

Gabriella Clare, Field Hockey
Major: Biology

Clare led the offensive effort in a 2-0 week for Geneseo, including a two-goal showing in the Knights' 4-2 win at Nazareth on Saturday that extended the team's unbeaten streak to seven. She also tallied an assist in Geneseo's 4-2 win over visiting Utica on Wednesday. 

Morgan Maley, Field Hockey
Major: Business Administration

Maley keyed a pair of SUNYAC victories last week, anchoring the Geneseo defense to shut-outs of host Brockport, 6-0, on Wednesday and visiting Oswego, 7-0, on Saturday. She was also credited with a goal in the win over the Golden Eagles and then two more tallies opposite the Lakers.

Sam Mendelsohn, Women's Volleyball
Major: Communication

Mendelsohn enjoyed a standout week in leading the Knights to a 3-1 record, including a pair of SUNYAC Pool Play victories. After starting with 17 digs in a 3-0 shutout at Houghton, she totaled a career-high 30 digs in a 3-1 win over Cortland. Mendelsohn then added 24 digs in a five-set showdown with Brockport before finishing with 21 digs in a 3-1 win over Buffalo State. 

Audrey Reid, Women's Soccer
Major: Spanish Education

Reid scored five goals in the Knights' two games this week to lead the team to a pair of conference wins. Against Oneonta, the senior buried a penalty kick, curled in a corner kick and scored on a 25-yard direct kick in overtime to complete her first career hat trick and give Geneseo a 3-2 win. On Saturday, Reid scored two more goals, including a 30-yard direct kick as the Knights won, 6-1. 

Abby May, Women's Volleyball
Major: Biology

May helped lead the Knights to a 4-0 week, including an undefeated 3-0 mark at the first SUNYAC Pool play of the season. She started with 13 kills and a match-high 20 digs in a 3-1 victory over visiting SUNY Poly, Tuesday. After totaling 10 kills, 12 digs and three blocks in Geneseo's victory over New Paltz on Friday, she compiled a career and match-high 18 kills to go along with nine digs in the win over host Plattsburgh. She finished the week with eight kills while tying a match-high with 11 digs in a shutout over Potsdam.

Domenica Piccoli, Women's Soccer 
Major: Education/Special Education

Sophomore forward Domenica Piccoli scored the 15th-ranked Knights' lone goal in a 1-0 win over No. 3 William Smith, propelling the team to a win over the Herons for the first time since 2003. Scoring her second tally of the season, Piccoli ranks second on the Knights in goals and points (6). She also played a role in the Knights' 1-1 tie at Farmingdale, facilitating the offense through the midfield as Geneseo battled back from a one-goal deficit to earn the draw.

Grace Cergol, Women's Volleyball
Major: Communications

Sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol averaged 26.3 kills and 20.6 digs in three matches to be named to the All-Tournament Team at the MIT Invitational. In a five-set outing against Springfield, Cergol compiled career-highs with 29 kills and 27 digs. She also had 27 kills and 18 digs opposite Wellesley and 23 kills and 17 digs against Babson. She leads the team and the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and ranks second in NCAA Division III with 147 kills.

Audrey Reid, Women's Soccer
Major: Spanish Education

Senior forward Audrey Reid led the Knights to a pair of victories in the North Country Classic, helping the team begin the season 2-0 with a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence and a 3-0 win against Clarkson. Reid scored the Knights' first goal of the season, tying the game against St. Lawrence in the second half. Against Clarkson, Reid added an insurance goal and then found junior midfielder Ashley Byrne with a perfectly placed corner kick to earn an assist. Her five points earned her a place on the All-Tournament Team as well.