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SUNYAC Releases 2019 Field Hockey End of Season Awards

SUNYAC Releases 2019 Field Hockey End of Season Awards

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announces the 2019 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: Haley Clark, Geneseo 

 Haley  Clark, the Geneseo junior, started all 21 matches for the Knights this season and played an important part in the team reaching a 19-2 overall record so far this season. She currently has 42 points with 15 goals and 12 assists as well as five game-winning goals, and a .690 shot on goal percentage. Clark's name is seen throughout the top of the SUNYAC stats leader board including points, goals, assists, shots, and shots on goal. The SUNYAC tournament brought the best out in Clark, in the first round she scored two goals in the 5-1 win against No. 4 Oneonta. In the SUNYAC Championship game against Cortland she scored in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 2-2. After each team scored one more the game remained tied, 3-3, into double overtime when teammate Erin Nolan scored and Geneseo took home its third overall SUNYAC crown.  


 Defensive Player of the Year: Julia Kim, Geneseo 

  The Geneseo Knight's senior, Julia Kim, started all 21 of the games this season and anchored a very strong defense to the least amount of goals allowed in the conference (26). This is the second year in a row that Kim has won Defensive Player of the Year. With one of the best defenses in the SUNYAC, Geneseo finished the regular season ranked No. 1. During the first round of the SUNYAC tournament, she scored the first goal for Geneseo to give them a 1-0 lead against Oneonta. The Knights went on to defeat the Red Dragons, 5-1 and advanced to the championship game where they defeated Cortland 4-3 in double overtime.

  


Rookie of the Year: Maggie Phipps, Geneseo 

  In her first season, freshman Maggie Phipps started 20 out of the 21 games for Geneseo and helped them to a 19-2 overall record so far this season. Phipps has 12 goals and seven assists to total 31 points as well as a .688 shot on goal percentage and one game-winning goal. Phipps is tied No. 2 for points in the conference. The Knights, ranked No. 1 in the region, earned a bye into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

 

  


 Coach of the Year: Margaret McConnell, Geneseo

  McConnell is in her second season on the Knights' sideline with a season record of 19-2 so far. Geneseo finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the conference for its tenth-consecutive postseason berth. In the first round of the SUNYAC championship, the team defeated No. 4 seed Oneonta 5-1. In the championship round, Geneseo came back from a 2-0 deficit to win the game in double overtime, 4-3. In McConnell's second season with the team, she led the Knights to their first SUNYAC title since 2012. Geneseo earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament and a first round bye. The Knights will face MIT at The College of New Jersey, Saturday.

  


2019 Field Hockey All-Conference Teams (Click here for PDF)

Name

School

Yr.

Pos.

Hometown / High School

First Team

Hannah Burchell

Cortland

Sr.

F/M

Whitney Point, N.Y. / Whitney Point

Molly Quinlan

Cortland

Sr.

F/M

Fayetteville, N.Y. / Fayetteville-Manlius

Haley Clark

Geneseo

Jr.

F

Rocky Point, N.Y. / Rocky Point

Julia Kim

Geneseo

Sr.

D

Mohegan Lake, N.Y. / Lakeland

Jordan Penkitis

Geneseo

Jr.

M

Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford-Mendon

Maggie Phipps

Geneseo

Fr.

F

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

Jessica Ascencao

New Paltz

So.

M/B

Mohegan Lake, N.Y. / Lakeland High School

Carly Croteau

New Paltz

Jr.

F

Bayport, N.Y. / Bayport-Bluepoint

Natasia Plunkett

New Paltz

Fr.

F

Stittsville, N.Y. / Holland Patent

Grace Bilow

Oneonta

Jr.

F

Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas

Marisa D'Amico

Cortland

Sr.

G

Smithtown, N.Y. / Smithtown West

Second Team

Renee Lauer

Brockport

So.

F

Tonawanda, N.Y. / Sweet Home

Meaghan Lurz

Brockport

Jr.

F

Penefield, N.Y. / Penfield

Lily Fox

Cortland

Fr.

F

Northport, N.Y. / Northport

Sara Reardon

Cortland

Sr.

M/B

Little Falls, N.Y. / Little Falls

Elisa Arcara

Geneseo

Sr.

F

Harrison, N.Y. / Harrison

Kelly McKeveny

Geneseo

Jr.

D

Holbrook, N.Y. / Sachem East

Erin Nolan

Geneseo

Sr.

F

Commack, N.Y. / Commack

Shannon Bernhardt

New Paltz

So.

F/M

Massapequa, N.Y. / Massapequa High School

Alise Anson

Oneonta

Sr.

F

Stone Ridge, N.Y. / Rondout Valley

Emily Raymond

Oneonta

So.

F

Deposit, N.Y. / Deposit

Mackenzie Mortimer

New Paltz

So.

G

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

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