Phipps' Record Four Goals Leads Field Hockey Past Oneonta, 6-2

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo first-year forward Maggie Phipps tied the program record with four goals to lead the Knights past visiting Oneonta, 6-2, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) field hockey, Saturday.

Geneseo (14-2, 4-0 SUNYAC) out-scored Oneonta 5-1 in the second half to win its 11th-consecutive game and clinching a berth in next month's SUNYAC Tournament. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Oneonta struck first after Grace Bilo scored on a six-yard shot through a crowd from in front of the right post in the seventh minute of play.
  • Geneseo tied the game in the 26th minute after senior back Julia Kim scored on a shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner to knot the score heading into halftime.
  • Phipps put the Knights on top in the seventh minute of the third quarter with a short finish inside the left post off a nice cross from junior forward Haley Clark.
  • Phipps scored again three minutes later with a short back-handed flip off an assist from senior forward Erin Nolan.
  • Nolan opened the fourth quarter with a short finish inside the left post after senior forward Elisa Arcara lifted a pass over the Red Dragon goalie, who had come off her line to challenge. 
  • Phipps scored two more goals during a two-minute stretch, first scoring on a rebound off a defensive save to finish a Knights' rush before finishing a break down the right wing with a 10-yard shot on a pass from Clark.

MATCH NOTES

  • Geneseo finished the game with a 28-9 advantage in shots.
  • Sophomore goalie Natalie Chojnacki totaled five saves to preserve the victory.
  • Phipps became the third player in program history to score four goals in a game and was the first since Kayla DeAngelis '14 scored a program-record nine points (4 goals/1 assist) in a 6-4 win at Rochester in 2013. Keslie Howlett '02 accounted for all the scoring in the Knights' 4-0 win over visiting Brockport in 2001. 
  • The four members of the Geneseo Class of 2020 - Kim, Arcara, Nolan and Ariana Walczyk - were honored in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.

WHAT'S NEXT

Geneseo heads to SUNYAC-rival Oswego next Saturday (Oc. 26) for an 11:00 a.m. start with the Lakers. The Knights would clinch the top seed for the SUNYAC Tournament with a victory.