Field Hockey Shoots Past Cortland, 5-0, In SUNYAC Opener

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward Gabriella Clare totaled two goals and an assist to lead the Knights to a 5-0 shutout of Cortland in both teams' State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opener, Friday. 


  • Geneseo (3-3, 1-0 SUNYAC) got on the board 6:50 into the game on its way to a 4-0 halftime lead. Senior forward Giovanna Fasanello had a shot on the right post saved, but was able to collect the rebound and slide a pass across the goal mouth to Clare, who scored from close range. 
  • With 17:39 on the clock, first-year midfielder Jordan Penkitis dropped a pass toward the Red Dragon (3-2, 1-0 SUNYAC) cage that Fasanello tipped in for a 2-0 edge.
  • Geneseo took a 3-0 lead after senior forward Cara Stafford dug a rebound out of a crowded Cortland crease and flipped a shot inside the right post with 5:21 left in the first half.  
  • With 44 seconds left in the first, Clare collected a loose ball in front of the Cortland goal and flipped a pass to senior midfielder Diana Ruggiero at the top of the circle. Ruggiero lifted a shot into the upper left corner of the cage to stake the Knights to a four-goal edge.
  • Geneseo finished a rush with 30:27 on the clock to open second half. Stafford slid a pass through two Cortland defenders to a streaking Clare, who scored on an eight-yard shot for the final tally of the match.


  • Geneseo finished the afternoon with a 25-8 advantage in shots and an 11-4 edge in penalty corners.
  • First-year goalie Mia Ludwig posted two saves for her second collegiate shutout, while her counterpart, junior Kailynne Reinoehl, was credited with 11 saves for Cortland.
  • Geneseo's win over Cortland was its first during the regular season since a 2-1 overtime decision in 2012.
  • The Knights' last victory over the Red Dragons was a 1-0 win in the semifinals of the 2014 SUNYAC Tournament.


Geneseo travels to Oneonta next Friday (Sept. 22) for a 4:00 p.m. rematch of last year's SUNYAC Championship game, before heading to New Paltz on Saturday (Sept. 23) for a 1:00 p.m. start.


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