Posted: Nov 15, 2019
EWING, N.J. - SUNY Geneseo takes on MIT in the NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round, hosted by TCNJ, on Saturday. The Knights enter the weekend with an 19-2 record after a 4-3 double-overtime victory against visiting Cortland to claim the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship and the league's automatic-qualifying bid. The Knights received their first-ever bye, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the first time in program history. MIT earned an automatic-qualifying bid as New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Champions and defeated host Scranton, 3-0, in the first round to advance to this weekend's pod.
BEST. SEASON. EVER.
With its SUNYAC Tournament Championship victory over Cortland, Geneseo earned its 19th win of the season, breaking the program record set in 2010 (18-2). The Knights won their third SUNYAC Championship and earned their third NCAA Tournament berth, advancing to the second round of the tournament for the first time in program history.
KNIGHTS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Geneseo is 0-2 in NCAA Tournament contests, having qualified for the"Big Dance," in 2010 and 2016. In the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance, Geneseo fell to host Stevens, 1-0, in the first round. In 2016, the Knights dropped a first round contest to host Keene State (N.H.), 3-1. The squad seeks its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
Senior defender Julia Kim was named SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season, announced Thursday. An All-American in 2018, Kim has scored nine goals and tallied three assists while also contributing three defensive saves. Kim is the third All-American in Geneseo program history (Michelle Milkovich, 2010, & Kalya DeAngelis, 2013).
YOU SERIOUS, CLARK?
Junior forward Haley Clark was named SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year announced Thursday by the conference. She leads the Knights with 15 goals and 12 assists. She ranks 19th in the nation and second in the SUNYAC with 0.57 assists per game and 35th in the country (first in the SUNYAC) in points per game (2.00).
MY PHIPPS DON'T LIE
First-year forward Maggie Phipps was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year after tallying 12 goals and handing out seven assists. She ranks third in the SUNYAC in goals, behind teammates Clark and Nolan.
GOALS ON GOALS ON GOALS
The Geneseo offense ranks third in the nation with 4.10 goals per game. Junior forward Haley Clark leads the team with 15 tallies while senior forward Erin Nolan has notched 13 and first-year forward Maggie Phipps has added 12. Geneseo scored a program-record 12 goals against Wells (Sept. 25), added eight against Morrisville (Sept. 28) and scored nine goals across two conference tournament games.
KEEPING GOOD COMPANY
Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Chojnacki has allowed just 25 goals in 21 games this season with 85 saves and four shutouts. Chojnacki ranks 41st in the nation in goals against average (1.33) and 51st in the nation in save percentage (.773).
COACH OF THE YEAR
Second year head coach Margaret McConnell was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year announced by the conference on Thursday. In her first season, the Knights posted a 9-7 record and advanced to the SUNYAC semifinals. Geneseo made a significant leap in her second season, posting a program record 19 victories, winning its third SUNYAC Championship in program history, and earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. McConnell holds a 28-9 record in two seasons at the helm for the Knights, and worked previously as an assistant coach at Rochester where she helped guide the Yellowjackets to the 2017 NCAA Tournament national quarterfinal.
Geneseo has never faced MIT.
A WIN FOR THE KNIGHTS WOULD...
Push the Geneseo season total to 20 wins for the first time in program history
Give the Knights their first NCAA Tournament victory in program history
Give the Knights their first win in the state of New Jersey
(0-2 at Montclair, 0-1 at Stevens, 0-2 at William Paterson)
Extend the Knights' unbeaten streak to a program-record 17 games