Ritchlin Named SUNYAC Coach of the Year; Three Knights Named All-Conference

Cortland, N.Y. – Three members of the Geneseo women’s lacrosse team have been named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) all-conference team and head coach Carly Ritchlin has been named SUNYAC Coach of the Year.

Junior attack Caroline Buonocore (Syracuse/Westhill), junior midfielder Emily Haggerty (Syracuse/Westhill) and senior defender Jenna Theofield (East Northport/Northport) were all named to the first team; no team had more first-team selections.

Ritchlin earned Coach of the Year accolades for the first time in her career. In her 11th year at Geneseo’s helm she raised her record to 109-49 (her overall record, including a year at Rochester Institute of Technology, stands at 114-55).

She led the Knights to the SUNYAC playoffs – after a year’s absence – where they reached the conference final for the sixth time and the first time since 2006. Geneseo received an at-large bid to the NCAA playoffs; the Knights will be playing in the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time. The Knights are ranked a season-high 17th in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll and were fourth in the last published NCAA New York Region ranking.

Buonocore earned first-team all-SUNYAC recognition for the third time in as many years. She was a first-team all-region pick last season. Buonocore has scored 60 points this spring, including a team-high 50 goals. She’s picked up 27 ground balls (fifth on the team), won 39 draw controls (second) and caused 10 turnovers. Buonocore has scored on six of her nine free-position attempts and has a pair of game-winning goals. A starter in all 48 games of her career, she became the program’s all-time leader in goals this season by raising her total to 171. With 204 career points she ranks third on Geneseo’s scoring list.

Haggerty makes her second appearance on the conference all-star team after earning first-team honors a year ago. This season she’s the team leader with 66 points, 28 assists (the program’s second-highest single-season total), 13 free-position goals, 54 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers. Her 35 ground balls rank second on the team. She’s started every game in her career and ranks among the program’s all-time leaders with176 points (fifth), 111 goals (sixth), 65 assists (third) and 144 draw controls (second).

Theofield is a first-time SUNYAC all-star. She spearheaded a Geneseo defense that has allowed less than 7.5 goals per game while limiting opponents to just over 10 shots per contest. The Knights have allowed three goals or fewer in six games, including a 10-3 SUNYAC semifinal win over #16 Fredonia. Theofield leads Geneseo with 36 ground balls and her 23 caused turnovers rank second on the team. She has started all 64 games in her career, collecting 93 ground balls and 58 caused turnovers. In Geneseo’s final regular-season game, Theofield scored a goal on the first shot of her career.

The 12-5 Knights tied for third in the SUNYAC regular-season standings with a 5-3 record. They play at Susquehanna in a first-round NCAA playoff game Wednesday afternoon.

Complete SUNYAC All-Star Team