The top-seeded Geneseo Blue Knights (18-1), ranked 20th in the latest NFHCA Division III poll, won the first SUNYAC Field Hockey Championship in program history with a 1-0 victory over the second-seeded and 12th-ranked Cortland Red Dragons (15-4) this afternoon on the Merritt Field in Geneseo. Senior Erin Zalewski scored on a rebound with 7:56 to play to break a scoreless tie. Senior Stephanie Maisonet sent a penalty corner to the top of the circle, where senior Michelle Milkovich, the tournament Most Valuable Player, blasted a shot originally saved by Cortland goalie Ashley Hughes. Zalewski collected the rebound, took one hit right and fired a shot from three yards past the sprawling Hughes. Geneseo had the chance to open the scoring at 22:19 of the first half on a penalty corner, but Milkovich's rebound shot was knocked off the line by Cortland defender Brittany Wilson for a defensive save. The Blue Knights controlled play in the Red Dragon end, but Cortland had several opportunities in transition. Geneseo posted 15 shots and 10 penalty corners, while Cortland posted six shots and five corners. Sophomore Caitlyn Dowell made three saves to post her fifth shutout of the season. Hughes stopped six shots for the Red Dragons. Zalewski, sophomore defender Aly Tarney and first year defender Bridget McGovern joined Milkovich on the All-Tournament team for Geneseo, while Wilson, sophomore Sara Woodward and sophomore Liz DeWaters earned All-Tournament for Cortland.
The top-seeded and host Geneseo Blue Knights (17-1) won their 16th straight game to advance to the championship game of the SUNYAC Field Hockey tournament with a 3-0 win over fourth-seeded Brockport (8-11) today. First year Kim Sherman scored her second goal of the season at 5:59 to open the scoring as she fired a ball from outside the circle that deflected off a Golden Eagle defender and into the cage. Three minutes later at 9:07, senior Stephanie Maisonet scored on a fast break transition as classmate Michelle Milkovich dribbled from midfield and fed a pass to Maisonet. In the second half, Milkovich got free in the circle and fired a shot into the cage for the final goal. Sophomore Caitlyn Dowell made one save in 62:43 to post the win for Geneseo and classmate Nicole Zito went untested in 7:17. Brockport's Kasey Schreiner made seven saves for the Golden Eagles as Geneseo posted a 17-2 shot advantage.
Sophomore Sara Woodward scored her 12th goal of the season at the 1:45 mark of overtime off an assist by sophomore Liz DeWaters to send the second-seeded Cortland Red Dragons (15-3) to the championship game of the SUNYAC Field Hockey tournament with a 2-1 win over #3 New Paltz (9-10). In the first half, New Paltz had the first chance of the contest but senior Brittany Wilson made a defensive save on a rebound shot after goalie Ashley Hughes stopped an initial Hawk offering. The Red Dragons struck first to take a 1-0 lead as sophomore Quiera DeCosta collected a rebound all alone on the right post and finished at 17:09 of the first half off a penalty corner. The game remained 1-0 for nearly 40 minutes as the majority of the contest was played in the midfield. New Paltz broke through on a penalty corner when senior Sarah Schloss netted her 10th goal of the season on a scramble in front at 55:46. Hughes made four saves to earn the win as Cortland had 16 shots to eight by New Paltz. First year Toni Pjetri made eight saves for the Hawks in taking the loss. Cortland will face #1 Geneseo in Saturday's championship game at 1 p.m. Geneseo defeated Cortland by a score of 2-1 in overtime on October 1 at Cortland.