Blue Knights Earn NCAA Division III Berth
The Geneseo field hockey team, which has won 17 straight games including Saturday's SUNYAC title game, earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey championships for the first time in the 14-year program history with an 18-1 record via Pool B. Head coach Jessica Seren and the Blue Knights travel to Stevens Institute of Technology (10-10) in Hoboken, New Jersey on Wednesday, November 10 for a first round game at 3 p.m.
Geneseo senior forward Michelle Milkovich leads the Blue Knights. The SUNYAC Tournament MVP has single season school marks of 15 goals, 13 assists and 43 points this season, and has Geneseo career records of 36 assists and 104 points. Classmate Stephanie Maisonet, the program's all-time goal scorer with 36, has nine goals and three helpers for 21 points this season. The Geneseo high-powered offense includes six goals and seven assists for 19 points by senior midfielder Erin Zalewski and eight goals by first year Katie Farley. Sophomore goalie Caitlyn Dowell and the Geneseo defensive unit of senior Rianna Travers, sophomores Aly Tarney and Katie Gallo and first year Bridget McGovern have allowed just 14 goals in 19 contests.
The Ducks won the Empire 8 tournament championship to secure an automatic bid to the tournament with a 2-0 win over Washington & Jefferson in yesterday's title game. Stevens has six common opponents with the Blue Knights having wins over Ithaca, Hartwick, Elmira and Nazareth twice, with losses to Utica and New Paltz.
Stevens is paced by junior midfielder Mallory Swanson, who has 14 points on six goals and two assists, and first year midfielder Caitlin Chamberlain, who adds 13 points on five goals and three helpers. Senior goalie Ellyn Griggs has a 1.29 goals against average in playing all 1492 minutes for the Ducks.
The winner of Wednesday's contest faces Eastern (Pa.), who is 19-2, at Skidmore on Saturday, November 13 in a second round contest. The sectional bracket includes the winner of College of New Jersey (16-4) and New England (13-6) taking on host Skidmore (18-1). Saturday's winners will play on Sunday for a berth to the national semifinals.