GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward Erin Nolan scored two goals, including the double-overtime game-winning tally, to lead the Knights to a 4-3 victory over Cortland in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUYAC) Field Hockey Championship game, Saturday.
Nolan re-directed a shot by junior forward Jordan Penkitis in front of the Cortland goal for the deciding tally to propel Geneseo (19-2) to its third SUNYAC Championship and first since 2016. The Knights also won the inaugural tournament in 2010.
Geneseo earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament with the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Following a scoreless first quarter, Cortland got on the board 1:36 into the second quarter after sophomore midfielder Alanie Genter scored on a short rebound during a penalty corner.
- The Red Dragons took a 2-0 lead 7:13 into the second half after senior forward Hannah Burchell scored on a five-yard shot.
- Geneseo got on the board three minutes later after senior back Julia Kim scored on a hard nine-yard shot through a crowded crease.
- Junior forward Haley Clark knotted the game nine minutes later after tipping a short rebound into the Cortland cage during a penalty corner.
- Nolan pushed Geneseo into the lead with under eight minutes remaining in regulation after tipping a short pass from first-year forward Maggie Phipps into the back of the goal.
- However, Cortland was awarded a penalty stroke less than three minute later after Geneseo was called for covering the ball. Burchell buried the stroke to knot the game, 3-3.
- The Knights were hit with a 5:00 yellow card with 20 seconds left in the first overtime but Nolan was eventually able to win the game despite Geneseo being down a player.
- Geneseo set a program record with its 19th victory of the season, eclipsing the 2010 squad's 18-2 record. The Knights are also unbeaten in their last 16 contests.
- Cortland was 9-0 in overtime matches this season entering today's contest.
- Cortland senior goalie Marisa D'Amico totaled a career-high 20 saves throughout the game as the Knights finished with a 43-10 shooting advantage, including 10-1 in overtime.
- The 24-team field for the 2019 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament will be announced on Monday at 12:00 p.m.
2019 SUNYAC FIELD HOCKEY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Haley Clark, Julia Kim, Jordan Penkitis, Erin Nolan (MVP)
Sara Reardon, Hannah Burchell, Marisa D'Amico
Natasia Plunkett, Jessica Ascencao
Grace Bilow, Sophia LIttle