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2018 SUNYAC Field Hockey Annual Awards Released

2018 SUNYAC Field Hockey Annual Awards Released

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announces the 2018 field hockey annual awards. The conference coaches voted for the Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and the All-Conference teams.

Offensive Player of the Year - Jess Gibaldi, Cortland

Gibaldi, the Cortland senior, started all 20 matches for the Red Dragons this season and played an important part in the team finishing with a 13-6-1 overall record and 4-2 SUNYAC record. She finished the season with 57 points, 21 goals, 15 assists, five game-winning goals, and a .701 shot on goal percentage. Gibaldi's name is seen throughout the top of the SUNYAC stats leaderboard, she led the conference in points, goals, assists, shots, and shots on goal. The SUNYAC tournament brought the best out in Gibaldi, in the first round she scored two goals in the game including the game-winning goal in double overtime, as No.2 Cortland defeated No. 3 Oneonta, 3-2. In the SUNYAC Championship game against New Paltz she scored three minutes into the game to give Cortland an early 1-0 lead, but her goal was not enough as New Paltz came back and defeated Cortland, 2-1.

 

 


Defensive Player of the Year - Julia Kim, Geneseo

The Geneseo Knight's junior, Kim, started all 16 of the games this season and anchored a very strong defense to the lowest amount of goals allowed in the conference. As a team Geneseo only allowed 20 goals and had a 1.24 goals allowed average. The Geneseo goalkeepers playing behind Kim had to make 48 saves throughout the season, the lowest in the conference, the next closest team had a 102 saves. With one of the best defenses in the SUNYAC, Geneseo finished the regular season ranked No. 4, but was defeated in the semifinals by the No. 1 seeded New Paltz, 3-2. Kim and the Knights finished the season with a 9-7 record overall and a 6-2 SUNYAC record.

 

  

 


Rookie of the Year - Jessica Ascencao, New Paltz

In her first season, freshman back Jessica Ascenao started all 19 games for New Paltz and helped them to a 12-7 overall record and 5-1 SUNYAC record. In those 19 games Ascenao finished with 12 goals, 3 assists, 27 points, .529 shot on goal percentage, and three game-winning goals. During the first round of the SUNYAC tournament, she assisted on the second goal for New Paltz to give them a 2-1 lead. The Hawks went on to defeat Geneseo, 3-2 and advanced to the championship game to play Cortland. Ascencao and the New Paltz team defeated the Red Dragons, 2-1, as they held Cortland, the highest scoring team in the conference, to only one goal and nine shots on goal.

 

 


Coach of the Year - Shanna Szablinski, New Paltz

Szablinski completed her 10th season as the head coach of New Paltz by winning the programs fifth SUNYAC championship. Since taking over in 2009 she has turned the program into a title contender every season. This championship is her fifth as the head coach, she also led the program to championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. This will be her fifth time being awarded SUNYAC Coach of the Year, she won it in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Szablinski will be looking to advance past the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in her tenure as head coach.

 

 

 

 

2018 SUNYAC Field Hockey All Conference Teams (PDF)

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Hometown/High School

First Team

Hannah Burchell

Jr.

M/B

Cortland

Whitney Point, N.Y. / Whitney Point

Jess Gibaldi

Sr.

F

Cortland

Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke

Jessica Welsh

Sr.

F

Cortland

Hamilton, N.Y. / Hamilton

Julia Kim

Jr.

D

Geneseo

Mohegan Lake, N.Y. / Lakeland

Jessica Ascencao

Fr.

B

New Paltz

Mohegan Lake, N.Y. / Lakeland

Maggie Cottrell

Sr.

B

New Paltz

Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford Sutherland

Allyson Bilow

Sr.

D

Oneonta

Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas

Carissa Warren

Sr.

F/M

Oneonta

Harpursville, N.Y. / Harpursville

Allyson Wells

Sr.

F

Oneonta

Niskayuna, N.Y. / Niskayuna

Katie Reynolds

Sr.

F/M

Oswego

Pawling, N.Y. / Pawling

Kailynne Reinoehl

Sr.

G

Cortland

Lititz, P.A. / Warwick

Second Team

Kelsey Devine

Gr.

D

Brockport

Clarence, N.Y. / Clarence

Katelynn Mello

Fr.

F

Brockport

Glens Falls, N.Y. / Glens Falls

Shannon McGuinness

Sr.

M/B

Cortland

Carle Place, N.Y. / Carle Place

Gabriella Clare

Sr.

F

Geneseo

Barker, N.Y. / Barker

Tess Necaise

Sr.

M

Geneseo

Ballston Lake, N.Y. / Shenendehowa

Jordan Penkitis

So.

M

Geneseo

Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford-Mendon

Samantha Ackerman

Sr.

B

New Paltz

Nesconset, N.Y. / Smithtown East

Carly Croteau

So.

F

New Paltz

Bayport, N.Y. / Bayport-Bluepoint

Kaitlyn Gunter

Jr.

F

New Paltz

Schuylervillle, N.Y. / Schuylerville

Cali Cortese

So.

F

Oneonta

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. / Lakeland

Danell Jones

Jr.

G

Oneonta

Whitney Point, N.Y. / Whitney Point

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