No. 20 Field Hockey Hosts Oneonta In SUNYAC Semifinals, Wednesday

GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo field hockey team hosts Oneonta on Wednesday (Nov. 6) at 4:00 p.m. in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNAC) Semifinals.

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The Knights (17-2) earned the top seed for the tournament by finishing 6-0 in the conference for the only the second time in program history and first since 2010. Oneonta (9-9) clinched the fourth seed after finishing with a 3-3 league mark. Second-seeded Cortland (15-3, 5-1 SUNYAC) hosts third-seeded and defending champion New Paltz (10-7, 4-2 SUNYAC) in Wednesday's other semifinal with the two winners advancing to the championship game on Saturday (Nov. 9) on the campus of the highest remaining seed. 

  • Geneseo rides the program's second-longest winning streak into the postseason, winning its last 14 outings. The 2010 squad won 17 games in a row, including the first SUNYAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in Knights' history.
  • Geneseo made its first appearance of the season in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III rankings, Tuesday, debuting at No. 20.
  • Geneseo finished the regular season with an 8-0 record at College Stadium, totaling the most home wins in program history and highest home win total since the 2015 squad finished 7-3. The Knights also look to become only the third team to finish an entire season undefeated at home, joining the 2010 (5-0) and 1997 (2-0) squads.
  • Geneseo ranks fourth nationally in scoring with 4.05 goals per game. The Knights also sit fifth in scoring margin, out-scoring their opponents by 2.90 goals per game.
  • Geneseo has played in every SUNYAC Tournament since its inception in 2010. The Knights won the inaugural tournament, defeating Brockport, 3-0, in the semifinals and Cortland, 1-0, in the championship. Geneseo will be in the hunt for its fourth championship game appearance, falling to New Paltz, 4-0, in the 2014 finals, before defeating Oneonta in overtime, 3-2, to win the 2016 title (the only other time Geneseo and Oneonta have met in the SUNYAC Tournament). 
  • Junior forward Haley Clark leads the SUNYAC with 36 points and is tied for first with 12 goals. She has scored at least one point in 15 of the Knights' 19 games this season while riding a 13-game scoring streak into the postseason. She notched back-to-back five-point outings in Geneseo's 8-0 victory over visiting Morrisville (2 goals, 1 assist) and at Houghton (1 goal, 3 assists) while also scoring two goals in the 5-0 home victory opposite Keuka.
  • First-year forward Maggie Phipps ranks third in the SUNYAC with 30 points and is tied for first with 12 goals. She scored four goals in Geneseo's 6-2 win over visiting Oneonta (Oct. 19) after totaling two goals and an assist in the 4-3 win at Utica (Oct. 16) three days earlier. Phipps scored two goals in her collegiate debut – a 3-0 win over Marywood (Aug. 30) in the Bettey Richey Tournament opener at Vassar.
  • Senior forward Erin Nolan and junior midfielder Jordan Penkitis rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in SUNYAC scoring. Nolan's 24 points include 11 goals that are tied for the league's second-best total, while Penkitis owns 23 points on eight goals and seven assists.