The conference championship tournaments for the State University of New York Athletic Conference begin on Saturday for the Geneseo Blue Knights, with automatic berths for the 2011 NCAA Division III championships at stake for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and women's field hockey.
Women's Cross Country
The women's cross country team starts the championship season by taking to the six-kilometer course in Wappingers Falls in the championship meet hosted by SUNY New Paltz on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Blue Knights are trying to reclaim the title lost to SUNY Cortland last season after winning 10 straight titles from 2000-09. Head coach Mike Woods '69 relies on senior Alyssa Smith (pictured left) to guide the Blue Knights to victory. Geneseo tries for their 13th straight trip to the NCAA Division III championships when they run in the Atlantic Regional at St. Lawrence on November 12.
Men's Cross Country
The men's cross country team enters the SUNYAC championship having won eight of the past 11 titles. The Blue Knights are two-time defending champions as they take to the eight-kilometer course in Wappingers Falls on Saturday at 12 p.m. and Woods relies on a pair of seniors to lead Geneseo in 2010 SUNYAC and Atlantic Region individual champion and All-American Lee Berube (pictured left) and 2010 All-American Eddie Novara. Geneseo runs the Atlantic Regional at St. Lawrence on November 12 aiming to qualify for their ninth straight appearance at the national championships.
The men's soccer team enters the SUNYAC tournament as the #3 seed after posting a record of 5-3-1 in SUNYAC and a 8-6-3 mark overall. The Blue Knights host the sixth-seeded New Paltz Hawks on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Saratoga Field. Head coach Dominic Oliveri's '01 charges defeated the host Hawks during the regular season by a score of 1-0 on a goal by senior Ian Mort (pictured left) on September 30. Geneseo enters the tournament with experience on their side as the Blue Knights have 13 seniors on the squad. A win on Saturday sends Geneseo to second-seeded Brockport for the semifinals on Wednesday, November 2, with the championship match scheduled for the highest remaining seed on Saturday, November 5.
Senior Anne Beinetti (pictured left), who set a Geneseo single season record for goals with 17, leads the women's soccer team into the SUNYAC tournament as the #5 seed after leading the Blue Knights to a record of 13-4-1 overall and 5-3-1 in SUNYAC. Head coach Nate Wiley '99 and the Blue Knights travel to fourth-seeded Oneonta on Saturday for the first round after dropping a 1-0 decision to the Red Dragons on October 1. Geneseo plays to win their sixth overall title and reclaim the SUNYAC championship won in 2009. Saturday's winner travels to top-seeded Cortland on Wednesday, November 2 with the championship match slated for Saturday, November 5 at the highest remaining seed.
The women's volleyball team earned their 10th straight appearance in the SUNYAC tournament with a 5-3 SUNYAC West mark and a 16-16 overall record. Head coach Jen Salmon takes the #3 West seed to East #1 Cortland for the tournament, which begins on Thursday, November 3. The Blue Knights face East #2 New Paltz in the first round at 6 p.m. with the winner taking on West #1 Fredonia in the semifinals on Friday, November 4. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday, November 5. Senior middle Kat Strickland (pictured left) leads the Geneseo attack as she has moved to ninth on the career charts with 908 kills and fourth in blocks with 367.
Women's Field Hockey
Head coach Jessica Seren and the women's field hockey team begin defense of their 2010 SUNYAC title on Friday, November 4 at 11 a.m. when the fourth-seeded Blue Knights tackle top seed and host Cortland. In a highly entertaining affair, the Red Dragons defeated host Geneseo by a score of 3-2 on September 17 to avenge last season's 1-0 loss in the conference finale. Sophomore Kayla DeAngelis (pictured left) has exploded on the scene for Geneseo as she has 16 goals and 39 points on the season, eclipsing the scoring mark of 15 set last year by All-American Michelle Milkovich '11. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, November 5.